Why 2016 is the Year to Back Active Fund Management

The FTSE 100 returned next to nothing in 2014 and 2015; thanks predominantly to oil prices halving and then halving again. What can we do to ensure positive returns this year?

Emma Wall 14 January, 2016 | 4:38PM
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What did you make on your investments in 2015? Chances are if you had exposure to the major markets 2015 was not among your most profitable years. Unless of course, you were savvy enough to have picked an actively managed fund that avoided the pitfalls – energy stocks and banks in the UK – and ratcheted up your exposure to those equities which bucked the general trend.

A rising tide lifts all boats; the multi-year stock market rally in the US and UK following the financial crisis meant that almost everybody who had skin in the game, whether it was an ETF tracking the FTSE 100 or an actively managed fund selecting domestic stocks thematically, almost everyone made a profit.

Flat Market Syndrome

But then the bull ran out of steam. The FTSE 100 returned next to nothing in 2014 and 2015; thanks predominantly to oil prices halving and then halving again. Oil and gas stocks, and companies those related with mining make up such a significant part of the blue chip UK stock index. Banking stocks also struggled, battered by never-ending fines, and supermarket stocks saw their prices fall as the discount stores stole market share.

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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