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Three big ideas

interactive investor talks to Nick Train. Interview by Lee Wild

In the first interview of a three-part series, our head of equity strategy Lee Wild talks to star fund manager Nick Train about 20 years of Lindsell Train, succession planning, Neil Woodford and Nick’s three big strategic ideas.

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Fund IA sector  Ranking change since previous month
Fundsmith Equity  Global No change
Baillie Gifford American  North America  Up three places 
Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity  Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares  Down one place 
Baillie Gifford Global Discovery  Global  Up six places 
L&G Global Technolohy Index Technology & Telecommunications Up two places 
Polar Capital Global Technology  Technology & Telecommunications Up three places 
Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity  Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares  Down three places 
Lindsell Train Global Equity  Global  Down five places 
Baillie Gifford Positive Change   Global New entry 
Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity  Global  Down four places 
Rank Fund IA sector  Ranking change since previous month
1 Fundsmith Equity  Global No change
2 Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares  No change 
3 Lindsell Train Global Equity  Global  Up three places 
4 Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity Mixed Investment 40%-85% Shares  No change 
5 Ballie Gifford American North America  New entry 
6 Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity Global  Down three places 
7 L&G Global Technology Index  Technology & Telecommunications New entry 
8 Vanguard US Equity Index  North America  New entry 
9 Polar Capital Global Technology Technology & Telecommunications New entry 
10 Baillie Gifford Global Discovery Global  New entry 

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What is a fund?

A fund is a pool of investors' money run by a fund manager who invests on behalf of the customer, invested into different assets and professionally managed by the fund manager and their research team. 

Each investor receives units, which represent a portion of the holdings of the fund.

A mutual fund is a group of various investments, such as stocks, bonds and cash. There are three main types: equity funds, fixed-income funds, and money market funds. Each type has a different level of risk associated with it.

Active funds

An actively-management investment fund has an individual fund manager or a team of managers who make investment decisions for the fund. 

Passive funds

Passive management of a fund intends to track the returns of an index, it doesn't have a fund management team making decisions and can be structured as an exchange-traded fund (ETF), a mutual fund or a unit trust. 

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