5 Core Funds for Your Portfolio

Portfolio construction should start with some steady-eddy core funds that offer exposure to multiple assets that you can arrange more risky strategies around

Emma Wall 25 February, 2014 | 2:51PM

Constructing a portfolio is like building a house - you must start with solid foundations. These are the assets that will grow at a steady pace; you're not looking for shoot-the-lights out performance as this often is accompanied by volatility.

Some investors prefer to blend passive funds at the core of their portfolio

The Investment Management Association sector formerly known as "cautious managed", now called Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares, is a good place to start looking. As the name suggests, these funds can invest between 20% and 60% of their portfolio in equities, with the remainder in bonds and cash. A minimum of 60% of the assets must be developed market listed, meaning the funds have a slow growth bias.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
HSBC FTSE 100 ETF6,012.56 GBP-0.31
Janus Henderson Cautious Mgd A Acc253.11 GBP-0.55
Jupiter Merlin Income Portfolio Acc318.67 GBP-0.68
Personal Assets Ord45,250.49 GBP-0.33
Scottish Mortgage Ord950.07 GBP-0.83

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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