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Most popular funds with our customers
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Most purchased funds in August 2021
|Rank||Fund||IA sector||Ranking change since previous month||1-year return to 1 Sept (%)||3-year return to 1 Sept (%)|
|1||Fundsmith Equity||Global||No change||24.7||60.4|
|2||Baillie Gifford Positive Change||Global||Up 2||44.8||140.3|
|3||Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity||Mixed investment 40%-85% shares||No change||19.8||29.6|
|4||Baillie Gifford American||North America||Down 2||34.7||149.9|
|5||Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity||Mixed investment 40%-85% shares||No change||14.7||25.8|
|6||L&G Global Technology Index||Technology & Telecommunications||No change||31.6||105.2|
|7||Vanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity||Global||No change||24.8||33.2|
|8||Vanguard US Equity Index||North America||Up 1||28.5||52.9|
|9||LF Blue Whale Growth||Global||Up 1||21.2||68|
|10||Rathbone Global Opportunities||Global||New entry||24.7||62|
Source: interactive investor. Note: the top 10 is based on the number of “buys” during the month of August.
Best performing funds
Below are the top performing funds up to 1 September 2021. For a more comprehensive overview of fund, investment trust and ETF performance, read our latest update.
The data - updated on or around the 15th of every month - is provided by Morningstar, a global financial services firm. interactive investor accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies in the data.
How to use this data
The tables on this page showcase the best-performing funds including both active and passive or index funds.
You may see more specialist fund types featuring as the best-performing funds across the various timeframes. Such funds tend to invest in a single country, sector or commodity, and are deemed more suitable for adventurous investors as they carry greater levels of risk than more conventional funds, such as a global or regional fund.
Please do bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance. The tables on this page simply offer a snapshot of the best-performing funds. Further research should be carried out to assess performance across different timeframes and market conditions. Moreover, it is prudent to look at performance on a yearly basis in order to ensure a strong long term performance track record is not just the result of one outstanding year.
The performance figures show the total return in sterling unless otherwise specified. Figures are calculated on a bid price to bid price basis or mid to mid for open-ended investment companies (OEICS), with net income (dividends) reinvested.
Choosing the right funds for you
With thousands of funds available to UK investors, seeking out the best investment funds can be a minefield.
Fund performance is only one aspect of choosing an investment - alongside other factors such as your investment goals and appetite for risk.
But to give you some idea of how funds perform relative to each other, we will regularly update this page with the best-performing funds over various timeframes.
As a rule of thumb, five years is widely viewed as the minimum holding period when investing in funds, as over the short term the stock market can be unpredictable.
Other investment ideas
Need help choosing the right funds? Check out our experts' Quick Start Funds, Model Portfolios, Super 60 and ACE 40 lists.
Our most popular investments should not be taken as personal recommendations to buy or sell a particular stock or fund, and are not intended to provide advice.
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