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The Insights

At TILLIT we are big believers in learning and broadening our horizons. We also think that there is too much noise in the world of stock markets and investing today. Our focus is on the long-term and that is reflected in our various Insight articles, from opinion pieces to interviews and beginners’ guides, and even our market updates only come out quarterly.

Short reads - Mind & markets

Why trying to time the market is futile

By Anna Fedorova
Reading time: 4 minutes

It can be tempting to try timing your investments to get the best possible returns. Especially during market falls, when it can be scary to watch your hard-earned savings fall in value.

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Short reads - Active investing

The Goldilocks scenario: What is the optimum size of a fund?

By Danielle Levy
Reading time: 5 minutes

Significant sums of money tend to follow the talented few in the world of investing. For example, six of the UK’s largest funds attracted close to 21% of total net flows during August, equating to £353 million, according to data provider Morningstar. Fund managers can quickly find themselves managing multi-billion pound funds once they have shown they can deliver superior performance and beat their rivals. But is big necessarily best?

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Short reads - Active investing

Trust in the investment trust

By Faith Archer
Reading time: 5 minutes

Historically, investment trusts have delivered higher returns for lower costs than more popular open-ended funds such as unit trusts and open-ended investment companies (OEICs), but what are they and how are they different?

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Short reads - Passive investing

ETFs: Investment must-have or the emperor’s new clothes?

By Jane Wallace
Reading time: 6 minutes

Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, have been trending for a while. Much like traditional tracker or passive funds, most ETFs simply track the ups and downs or a market index or a basket of assets; there’s no human fund manager picking the investments and possibly getting it wrong. Subsequently, it can be easier to understand where your money is invested (the fund does what it says on the tin) and costs can be lower.

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Short reads - Fundamentals

Investment fees: What am I paying for?

By Anna Fedorova
Reading time: 5 minutes

Whether you are buying a new car or a pair of shoes, it’s perfectly natural to shop around. You don’t want to buy a sub-par product just because it’s cheap, but equally you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg if you could have bought the same thing cheaper. It’s the same when it comes to investing. All investment products and services carry a price tag and it is important to know what you are paying for and how it compares to the wider market.

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