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The 12 most-consistent funds over the past three years

14th February 2022 14:23

Douglas Chadwick from ii contributor

However, half the funds have produced a negative return over the past six months due to being negatively impacted by the market rotation. 

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Every three months, we trawl through our fund data looking for funds that have consistently achieved gains of 5% or more in six consecutive six-month periods. The results are published in our ‘6 x 6 Report’. When we crunched the numbers at the beginning of November, there were seven funds that had scored the elusive six out of six.

Two of the funds were from the Technology & Technology Innovations sector, and the rest were also in sectors that allowed them to invest in the large US tech stocks that have done so well over the last couple of years.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance

At the beginning of this month, we ran the numbers again and this time we could not find any funds that had achieved the target return in each of the six-month periods. However, there were 12 funds that had managed to do it five out of six times.

6x6 Report  February 2022

  Feb 19 Aug 19 Feb 20 Aug 20 Feb 21 Aug 21 Three-year return
to to to to to to  
July 19 Jan 20 July 20 Jan 21 July 21 Jan 22  
Funds that have risen by 5% or more in 5 out of 6 periods
L&G Global Technology Index 27.9% 9.4% 15.6% 18.4% 15.3% 3.2% 128%
Fidelity Global Technology 21.9% 7.0% 14.8% 23.8% 12.8% 2.5% 114%
Sanlam Artificial Intelligence 28.2% 6.3% 21.9% 20.9% 6.4% -5.0% 103%
Baillie Gifford Positive Change 16.2% 11.3% 39.0% 32.9% 6.7% -20.4% 103%
GAM Star Disruptive Growth 21.8% 5.7% 15.1% 35.4% 5.5% -4.7% 102%
Janus Henderson Global Tech 27.4% 6.1% 11.7% 19.0% 10.3% -4.2% 90%
New Capital US Growth 11.0% 9.3% 15.0% 17.1% 17.9% -3.2% 87%
abrdn Global Innovation Equity 27.5% 8.5% 14.1% 24.3% 9.1% -20.1% 71%
Allianz UK Equity Income 7.8% 11.3% -24.7% 22.2% 15.7% 11.3% 42%
Artemis SmartGARP UK Eq 5.4% 7.3% -22.5% 21.3% 23.2% 8.2% 42%
Slater Income 6.2% 8.7% -26.5% 19.5% 16.9% 7.0% 27%
Fidelity MoneyBuilder Dividend 6.6% 5.5% -15.6% 5.1% 11.2% 8.4% 20%

Data source: Morningstar. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

At the top of the table are two funds from the Technology & Technology Innovations sector, L&G Global Technology Index and Fidelity Global Technology. Up until recently, we were holding the L&G Global Technology Index fund in one of our demonstration portfolios, but we sold it last month. Although it is still showing a gain over the last six months, it has not gone up by 5% or more, and over the last three months it has gone down.

The eight funds at the top of the table all follow a similar pattern. They went up by 5% or more in each of the first five of the six-month periods, from the beginning of February 2019 to the end of July 2021, but they have been unable to sustain that over the last six months. Some have made significant losses between the beginning of August 2021 and the end of last month. Two funds, Baillie Gifford Positive Change and Abrdn Global Innovation Equity, have fallen by more than 20%. As the table above shows, half the funds have produced a negative return over the past six months having been negatively impacted by the market rotation.

The four funds at the bottom of the table invest in UK shares, and have achieved the 5% target in the last six months. Their nemesis was the Covid-19 crash in the first quarter of 2020. Three funds are from the UK Equity Income sector. They are Allianz UK Equity Income, Slater Income and Fidelity MoneyBuilder Dividend. Funds from this sector have also been showing up in our regular weekly analysis.

In our two demonstration portfolios, we have sold all the funds that we were holding at the end of last year and are sitting on a large amount of cash. Not a bad place to be when you look at the overall performance of funds over the last month.

We have invested in a few new funds this year, three of which are from the UK Equity Income sector. They are JOHCM UK Equity Income, Schroder Income and Vanguard FTSE UK Equity Income Index. When I checked this morning, they were all showing gains since we went into them a few weeks ago.

Our best-performing fund this year has been TB Guinness Global Energy. We bought it on 20 January 2022, and it is already up 4.4%. Energy prices have risen significantly over the last six months and if a war breaks out between Russia and Ukraine, then I would expect them to go up further.

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