Investment funds offer three major advantages, namely diversification, simplicity and access to professional management.
Diversification – This is one of the cornerstones of portfolio management. It has consistently proven to be an effective method of risk management by spreading the sources of return and risk across multiple asset types. However, holding a large number of securities is not a guarantee of effective risk management. A well-diversified portfolio should consist of assets which offer relatively independent performance. In order to achieve a well-diversified equity portfolio, you need to purchase shares in a variety of economic sectors and regions. For the individual investor, managing a well-diversified portfolio can become quite costly and requires relatively significant capital.
Simplicity – When you buy even just one investment fund, from €250 invested, you immediately gain access to a well-diversified portfolio with regular reviews of its allocation in order to ensure goals are met and investment policies are followed.
Professional management – When you buy an investment fund, you are choosing a professional portfolio manager. This manager will use the money you invest to buy and sell securities based on careful research, all the while ensuring healthy diversification of the portfolio they are managing. In most cases, members of the general public have neither the time nor the expertise necessary for such intensive research and analysis, which are vital when choosing the right investment.