Listening to a number of fund managers yesterday, talk about how they pick investments was uncannily like hearing gamblers describe how they analyse form for the runners at the 2.30 at Kempton; or, worse still, the choice of numbers on the roulette table. Cynical? Moi? Yes, about making things too complicated, trying to look clever and beat the markets in the short term. My view has always been that a boring but well-managed managed fund will always be fine if you hang on in there. If it’s not rocket science, don’t use a quadratic equation to solve it.
There are some johnny-come-lately ethical and sustainable investors who put money into “responsible“ funds having seen how well they performed in the midst of the Covid Crash, and are ruing the day.