It is huge, and if you get this right it will transform not just your investing, but possibly your life.
The problem is that 96% of funds are mediocre at best1. You, or your adviser, need to identify the small number of winning funds, and do so consistently. But most investors and advisers fail at this vital task.
We spent years researching how to do just that and, after analysing hundreds of thousands of data points, we went public with our Dynamic Fund Ratings back in 2012.
For example, take the most popular sector for UK invested growth funds, UK All Companies.
By using our Dynamic Fund Ratings to select funds in this sector, from July 1994 to February 20232, you achieved a return 4.1 times bigger than the average fund, and 4.3 times bigger than an index tracker (after charges).
To put this in a monetary context, imagine you invested £100,000 back in 1994. Today it would be worth:
That’s an extra £1,768,011!
If this was your SIPP invested through your working life, it would mean that you could generate an income 4.5 times bigger through retirement – that is genuinely life-changing.
This result was achieved by simply making vastly better choices, not by taking daft risks.
That is what our Dynamic Ratings enable you to do, consistently year after year.
Importantly, they are objective. They are not based on some fund’s glossy marketing, an expensive lunch with their PR company, or the seat of pants judgement of a media type.
In the appendix we show you how Dynamic Ratings work in much more detail.
For the next section you just need to know that all funds have star ratings from one (loser) to five (winner).
Obviously, you want as many 5-star funds as possible when we look at your funds in the next section.
To bring this to life, in the above example you effectively saw 5-star funds compared to 3-star funds – the average funds and index trackers will typically be 3-star, at best.
This means that if you have any 1- and 2-star funds the gap between your fund and the best funds is even greater than you saw above.
Our ratings for each of your funds, sorted by their Dynamic Fund Rating (star rating), are shown in the table below. Remember 5-star is the best rating and 1-star is the worst.
Using the table above, look at the three paragraphs below and see which applies to you:
Mostly 4 and 5-Star Funds?
Well done. If any funds have lesser ratings, do look to tidy these up. You can do this by identifying a better fund and switching into this. We make this very easy for you.
On the other hand, if all of your funds are 4 and 5-star quality, the trick is to keep them that way. This means monitoring and reviewing – don’t fall in love with funds and keep them beyond their “sell by” date! Again, we make this easy for you – see more below.
There are some good funds, but you need to now bring them all up to that high standard. You saw in the last section the huge difference between the best funds and the rest – let that inspire you to take action now.
Mostly 3-Star Funds or Worse?
Don’t despair! You have already seen in the last section the huge difference between the best funds and average funds. Your funds are mostly below average, but we make it easy for you to transform your fund holdings, and transform the outcome in the years ahead. So let’s look at the action you can take right now to direct you down that more positive road.
You now know all about our “winning funds”, and the evidence for their success. For you that is just the beginning. You also need to have a plan to review the funds – there is no such thing as a perpetually good fund. Plus, bad things can happen in markets – how will you respond? This is where FundExpert comes in.
Our website offers:
Plus, access to all of our research, weekly analysis, and Private Members Community… and much more besides. All of this is available to Members on FundExpert, to help you begin to transform your investing success.
1 96% of funds do not qualify as Vintage, as of July 2022. To achieve a Vintage rating a fund must be in the top 40% of performers in its own sector 60% of the time. The “time” is the 120 overlapping 6-monthly periods in the last 10 years with a higher weighting being given to more recent periods.
2 This is our Dynamic UK All Companies Portfolio versus Aviva UK Index Tracker. Income reinvested. 1st July 1994 to 28th February 2023.
How Dynamic Fund Ratings work for you
The problem for most investors is how to identify the best investment funds from the thousands available, and do so consistently, from year to year. If you wish to succeed as an investor it is vital you have a process, in this case a process for selecting funds with outstanding potential. And you must apply this process consistently.
That is exactly what our Dynamic Fund Ratings do.
You review your funds every 6 months – it will take about 30 minutes.
You identify the rating for each of your funds, where 5-star is the best rating.
If any fund does not have a 5-star rating at your review point, you switch into a fund which does.
Basically, a fund is given 5 stars if it is in the top 20% of funds based on the performance over the prior 6 months.
Why these ratings are important
The key to successful investing with funds is having a process which identifies funds with the greatest potential, plus when they should be sold – so far so simple.
Yet the fund rating services which we encountered since the 1980s were lacking, to say the least. So, if we were going to come up with a successful method for rating funds, it MUST have these criteria:
We back-tested various methods for selecting funds back to 1994. The method which stood head and shoulders above alternatives was what we now call Dynamic Fund Ratings.
Dynamic Fund Ratings met all of our criteria for an effective rating system:
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