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Four little-known funds delivering consistent returns

Saltydog Investor identifies four funds that have made money over the past six six-month periods.

20th November 2023 15:08

by Douglas Chadwick from ii contributor

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At Saltydog Investor, we are always on the lookout for funds that are doing consistently well, and recently they have not been easy to find.

Last month, only 8% of the funds that we analyse rose in value, down from 35% in September. Only 3% of funds have gone up in each of the last three months and less that 1% have gone up in each of the last four months.

Percentage of funds with positive returns

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Last week, I highlighted the three funds that had made more than 5% in five out of the last six six-month periods. They were the three energy funds, Schroder ISF Global Energy, WS Guinness Global Energy, and BGF World Energy. No funds had made gains of over 5% in all six six-month periods.

That got us thinking: how many funds have actually gone up in each of the last six six-month periods?

We crunched the numbers again and could find only four funds that satisfied the new criteria. They were MI Thornbridge Global Opps, Aviva Investors Global Equity Income, BlackRock US Dynamic, and TM Tellworth UK Select.

Saltydog Investor 6x6 Report - November 2023Nov 20May 21Nov 21May 22Nov 22May 233 year 
Apr 21Oct 21Apr 22Oct 22Apr 23Oct 23
Funds that have risen in 6 out of 6 periods
MI Thornbridge Global Opportunities26.8%6.7%6.1%4.7%14.2%2.6%76%
Aviva Inv Global Equity Income21.8%8.1%3.8%1.0%9.4%0.8%52%
BlackRock US Dynamic25.2%5.5%5.0%1.3%0.7%1.6%44%
TM Tellworth UK Select8.0%4.6%3.4%5.5%1.2%6.0%32%

It is interesting that they come from four different Investment Association (IA) sectors. The MI Thornbridge Global Opportunities fund is from the Global sector, the Aviva Investors Global Equity Income fund is from the Global Equity Income sector, the BlackRock US Dynamic fund is from the North America sector, and the TM Tellworth UK Select fund is from the Targeted Absolute Return sector.

Over the three-year period, the Thornbridge fund has made the greatest return, gaining 76%, but it has also been the most volatile. It has had some fairly dramatic corrections along the way, but usually recovered relatively quickly.

The TM Tellworth UK Select fund has been much less volatile and has not suffered any significant falls in the last three years. However, that does not mean that it always goes up. During June and July this year, it dropped by around 2%, but it has been rising ever since.

Fund performance since November 2022

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

I was slightly surprised that none of the funds from the money markets sectors made the shortlist, especially when you think how well they have been doing over the last year. The problem is that if you go back a bit further to when interest rates were almost zero, the funds were sometimes unable to make enough to cover their costs. They never lost much, but there were some six-month periods when they went down rather than up.

However, over the last year their performance has improved dramatically as interest rates have been rising. We currently hold three funds from the money market sectors in our demonstration portfolios. They are the L&G Cash Trust fund, Royal London Short Term Money Mkt and abrdn Sterling Money Market. They have all gone up by around 2.5% in the last six months.

Fund performance for three funds Saltydog since Nov 2022

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

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