Best performing funds 2020

Find out which funds have performed the best over the last 5 years.

When choosing funds, it’s always worth having a look at how they’ve performed in the past. It’s not necessarily an indication of future results, but it’s a good place to start. We’ve compared the performance of some funds and compiled this list of some of the funds that have performed the best over the last five years.

Click on the fund name in the first column, and you’ll be scrolled down to find out a bit more about the objectives of the fund, its risk profile and the main companies you’ll be investing in.

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The best performing funds of 2019/2020

Fund namePerformance July 2015 – June 2016Performance July 2016 – June 2017Performance July 2017 – June 2018Performance July 2018 – June 2019Performance July 2019 – June 2020Compound interest
Baillie Gifford American Fund B Accumulation22.64%35.11%39.52%11.14%53.62%31.60%
Baillie Gifford American Fund B Income22.65%35.10%39.52%11.14%53.58%53.58%
BlackRock Global Funds – World Technology Fund D2 GBP Acc11.21%45.22%40.09%15.98%49.69%31.47%
Polar Capital Funds PLC – Polar Capital Global Technology Fund I Income GBP21.34%42.66%29.63%16.85%41.01%29.89%
Fidelity Funds – Global Technology Fund W-Acc-GBP23.81%39.53%20.13%17.81%32.86%26.57%
Legal & General Global Technology Index Trust I Class Accumulation17.20%40.49%24.78%12.87%38.63%26.31%
AXA Framlington Global Technology Fund Z GBP Inc13.43%41.69%31.28%16.05%29.37%25.94%
AXA Framlington Global Technology Fund Z GBP Acc13.37%41.66%31.30%16.09%29.33%25.92%
Janus Henderson Global Technology Leaders Fund I Acc15.49%43.28%25.37%12.02%26.79%24.13%
Ninety One Global Gold I Acc GBP86.39%-17.40%1.75%21.94%50.84%23.57%

How we found the “best” funds

The results in the table above are based on the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over five years – we’ll explain what this means in a bit more detail below if your life needs a bit less excitement, but feel free to skip it.

Remember that these are the performances of these funds in the past. We don’t have a crystal ball (at least that’s what we tell people), so we can’t predict the future. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

These funds all have different risk profiles. Make sure you stick to a risk level that you’re comfortable with and aren’t tempted to go with something higher because the returns look promising.

What is compound annual growth rate?

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is a more accurate way of calculating the returns of an investment. It is the rate that the investment will have to grow at to consistently get the same returns that it did.

This is done by adding 1 to each year’s results and multiplying them to one another. You then work out this figure to the 5th power (as it is based on performance over 5 years). Then, you minus off the 1 and you have the compound annual growth rate. Next, take a nap, you deserve it.

Baillie Gifford American Fund B Accumulation

Fund objective
This fund aims to outperform the S&P 500 index by at least 1.5% per annum over rolling 5 year periods.

Key holdings:

  • Shopify
  • Tesla
  • Amazon
  • Wayfair
  • Netflix
  • The Trade Desk
  • MarketAxess
  • Alphabet
  • Illumina
  • Mastercard

Risk profile:
6/7

Baillie Gifford American Fund B Income

Fund objective
This fund aims to outperform the S&P 500 index by at least 1.5% per annum over rolling 5 year periods.
Key holdings:

  • Shopify
  • Tesla
  • Amazon
  • Wayfair
  • Netflix
  • The Trade Desk
  • MarketAxess
  • Alphabet
  • Illumina
  • Mastercard

Risk profile:
6/7

BlackRock Global Funds – World Technology Fund D2 GBP Acc

Fund objective
This fund seeks to maximise the total return. It invests at least 70% of its total assets in technology companies.
Key holdings:

  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • Tencent Holdings
  • Alibaba Group
  • Alphabet
  • PayPal
  • Tesla
  • Twilio Inc
  • Square Inc

Risk profile:
6/7

Polar Capital Funds PLC – Polar Capital Global Technology Fund I Income GBP

Fund objective
This fund aims to achieve long term gains by investing in a global portfolio of technology companies.
Key holdings:

  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • Alphabet
  • Facebook
  • PayPal
  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Amazon
  • Tencent
  • Alibaba Group
  • Adobe Systems

Risk profile:
6/7

Fidelity Funds – Global Technology Fund W-Acc-GBP

Fund objective
This fund aims to give long term growth. It invests at least 70% in shares of companies that provide or benefit from technological advances.
Key holdings:

  • Apple
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Alphabet
  • Microsoft
  • Softbank Group
  • Xilinx
  • KLA Corporation
  • Analog Devices
  • Dell Technologies
  • Texas Instruments

Risk profile:
6/7

Legal & General Global Technology Index Trust I Class Accumulation

Fund objective
The objective of this fund is to achieve growth by tracking the performance of the companies in the FTSE Word Index. The investments in the fund closely match those in the index it is tracking.
Key holdings:

  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Alphabet Class A
  • Alphabet Class C
  • Facebook
  • Intel
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • NVIDIA
  • Cosco Systems
  • Samsung Electronics
Risk profile:
6/7

AXA Framlington Global Technology Fund Z GBP Inc

Fund objective
The objective of the fund is to achieve long term growth through investments in research, design and development of technologies in all sectors.
Key holdings:

  • Apple
  • Alphabet
  • Visa
  • Facebook
  • Cisco Systems
  • ServiceNow
  • Qualcomm
  • PayPal
  • SalesForce
  • Amazon

Risk profile:
6/7

AXA Framlington Global Technology Fund Z GBP Acc

Fund objective
The objective of the fund is to achieve long term growth through investments in research, design and development of technologies in all sectors.
Key holdings:

  • Apple
  • Alphabet
  • Visa
  • Facebook
  • Cisco Systems
  • ServiceNow
  • Qualcomm
  • PayPal
  • SalesForce
  • Amazon

Risk profile:
6/7

Janus Henderson Global Technology Leaders Fund I Acc

Fund objective
The fund’s objective is to provide growth by investing in technology companies and companies that derive profits from technology.
Key holdings:

  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Alphabet
  • Facebook
  • Tencent
  • Amazon
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • NVIDIA

Risk profile:
6/7

Ninety One Global Gold I Acc GBP

Fund objective
This fund aims to provide growth on the value of your investments over at least 5 year periods by investing primarily in the shares of companies involved in gold mining.
Key holdings:

  • Kirkland Lake Gold
  • Agnico Eagle Mines
  • Newmont
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Endeavour Mining
  • B2Gold
  • SSR Mining
  • Evolution Mining
  • Saracen Mineral Holdings
  • Wheaton Precious Metals

Risk profile:
7/7

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