Gatekeepers tend to select single-strategy funds as building blocks in broader portfolios, so the presence of multi-asset funds on gatekeeper lists is usually to cater for one-stop shoppers on D2C platforms, for ISAs for example, or to satisfy the needs of smaller investments through advisers where they may be aimed (unfairly) at so-called less-sophisticated investors.
Proponents of the passive, index-tracking approach to equity investing often make their case by underlining the efficiency of stock markets. This is especially true of the US, where research and the speed with which information is translated into price movements can make stock selection a pointless exercise.
Having led the retail sales figures all year, perhaps it was no surprise that the Global sector was overtaken by a mixed asset sector in Q418. Plummeting equity values served to remind investors that stuff goes down as well as up – despite years of outstanding growth, investors took to more hand-wringing than perhaps a three-month downturn warranted.
Global is the new black
The attractiveness of the Global sector over the years – and the withering of the UK All Companies equivalent – reflects investors and their advisers’ increasing desire to leave decisions on geographical allocation to the manager. However, the sector...