Five Passives for your ISA

Five passives for your ISA

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Published: 09 Mar 2015 Updated: 03 May 2016

Passive investments that seek to track movements in a market index, rather than beat it through trying to select winners, have become increasingly popular in recent years, as investors have become more sceptical of the value added by active fund managers in many markets.

In conjunction with the popularity of passives, investors have also become more cost-conscious when choosing which products to invest in. The good news for investors is that there is currently a price war in the passives market which is driving down the price on many investments.

Jason Hollands, Managing Director at Tilney Bestinvest commented: “In some stock markets - such as the US for example - active managers have struggled to add value. Indeed, even legendary investor Warren Buffet recently admitted that a low-cost S&P 500 Index tracker was a sensible way to invest in the US.

“Investors do need to keep an eye out on the cost of investing in passives however. For example, there is a staggering difference in charges available between "legacy" trackers such as Virgin UK Index Tracking (1% ongoing charge) versus the lowest cost UK index funds such as Fidelity Index UK (0.09% ongoing charge via Tilney Bestinvest).

Tilney Bestinvest’s Jason Hollands highlights five passives investors may consider for their ISAs this tax year:

1. For UK exposure: Fidelity Index UK – 0.09% ongoing charge

2. For US exposure: for a straight S&P 500 Index tracker Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF (0.07% ongoing charge). However, with the US market at a record high, anyone investing now might instead consider the PowerShares FTSE RAF US 1000 UCITS ETF (0.39%) as it tracks an index weighted on fundamental attributes such as revenue, cash flow, balance sheet strength and dividends as opposed to market-capitalisation

3. For European exposure: HSBC European Index C – 0.19% ongoing charge

4. For Japanese exposure: iShares MSCI Japan GBP Hedged UCITS ETF – 0.64% ongoing charge (there are lower cost options such as Vanguard Japan Stock Index GBP at 0.23% ongoing charge) but this ETF hedges the currency exposure to the Yen back into sterling and the Yen has been weakening materially as the Bank of Japan is aggressively printing more money

5. For Emerging Market exposure: Vanguard Emerging Market Stock Index GBP – ongoing charge 0.27%

Hollands concluded: “There is no need to be dogmatic between ‘active and passive’ investments as both can play an important role in a portfolio: a passives only approach is just as flawed as one that confines itself to actively managed funds. However, when choosing an active fund, it is vital that investors are very selective and confident that the fund’s manager has the skills to add real value.”

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Important Information:

The value of investments, and the income derived from them, can go down as well as up and you can get back less than you originally invested. This press release does not constitute personal advice. If you are in doubt as to the suitability of an investment please contact one of our advisers.

Prevailing tax rates and reliefs are dependent on your individual circumstances and are subject to change. Different funds carry varying levels of risk depending on the geographical region and industry sector in which they invest. ETFs can be high risk and complex and may not be suitable for retail investors. You should make sure you understand all the risks involved before investing.

Underlying investments in emerging markets are generally less well regulated than the UK. There is an increased chance of political and economic instability with less reliable custody, dealing and settlement arrangements. The market(s) can be less liquid. If a fund investing in markets is affected by currency exchange rates, the investment could either increase or decrease. These investments therefore carry more risk.

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This release was previously published on Tilney Smith & Williamson prior to the launch of Evelyn Partners.