ChatGPT stock picks vs 10 popular funds: Tracker

Our ChatGPT fund is outperforming the 10 most popular funds in the UK.

Highlights

  • As of Friday 19 July 2024, a fund consisting of 38 stocks chosen by ChatGPT is up 35.83% from when it was created on 6 March 2023.
  • The ChatGPT fund is currently over 17 percentage points higher than the top 10 most popular funds in the UK. When averaged together, they are currently up 18.07% over the same period.
  • ChatGPT has led the real funds for 339 out of the 343 market days (99%) of its lifespan so far in the 72 weeks since it was created by Finder on 6 March 2023.

Ian King Live interview on the Finder ChatGPT Fund with Jon Ostler, UK CEO

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm with its ability to answer questions and hold human-like conversations. The state-of-the-art language model developed by OpenAI uses advanced machine learning techniques to generate human-like responses to a wide range of inputs.

What stocks did ChatGPT select?

We asked ChatGPT to create a portfolio of stocks from high-quality businesses with criteria taken from the leading 10 funds it is competing against. These include things like low levels of debt, sustained growth in the past and assets that generate an advantage of competitors.

Given these inputs, the programme suggested the 38 stocks in the table below. We assigned each stock equal weighting for the purpose of this experiment.

Stocks in ChatGPT fund
Johnson & JohnsonPepsiCo, IncIntuit IncASML holding NV
MicrosoftCoca-ColaAccentureThermo fisher scientific
VisaNestleCiscoIllumina
Home DepotAmazonTaiwan semiconductor manufacturing companyDanaher corporation
AlphabetMetaIntel corporationUnited health group incorporated
MastercardNetflixNVIDIA corporationJohnson controls international
3M CompanyAdobeAdvanced micro devicesCigna corporation
Honeywell InternationalSalesforceApplied MaterialsBerkshire Hathaway
Lowe’s CompaniesWalmartLam research corporationElevance Health Inc
Proctor and GambleAbbVie

What is a fund?

A fund is a type of investment vehicle that pools together money from multiple investors and uses it to invest in a diverse range of assets, such as stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments. This diversification helps to spread risk and can provide more stable returns than investing in individual assets. Funds are typically managed by professional fund managers, who make investment decisions on behalf of the investors in the fund.

What funds did we compare our fund to?

To ensure that our comparison was based on funds with a wide reach and impact, we specifically selected the 10 most popular funds in the UK from Interactive Investor. By using these funds as a benchmark, we aim to provide a meaningful comparison that reflects the performance of the wider market. The popularity of these funds also indicates that they are well-regarded and trusted by a broad range of investors, making them a reliable reference point for evaluating the performance of the ChatGPT fund.

Top 10 funds in the UK
FundsmithVanguard LifeStrategy 100% Equity A AccVanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity A AccVanguard FTSE Dev Wld ex-UK Eq Idx £ Acc
Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity A AccVanguard U.S. Eq Idx £ AccVanguard FTSE Glb All Cp Idx £ AccHSBC FTSE All-World Index C Acc
Fidelity Index UK P AccFidelity Index World P Acc

Can ChatGPT actually be used for stock market trading?

We carried out this conceptual experiment to illustrate the potential of AI in financial industries and investing, but you should not try to get stock tips from AI. ChatGPT is a language model that is only trained on data up to 2021 rather than current data, and it is not supposed to be able to give financial advice or recommendations.

In its current form, ChatGPT could be useful for retail investors if treated as a search engine that can analyse vast amounts of data. However, it should absolutely not be used for making real investment decisions and any financial answers should always be checked and verified. If you are unsure, always speak to a professional.

Do people trust AI for financial advice?

Less than 1 in 10 (8%) people already used ChatGPT for financial advice, according to our 2023 survey. This number might grow in the future, since around 1 in 5 (19%) people would consider using ChatGPT for financial advice. Nearly double that amount (35%) said they would not consider using ChatGPT for financial advice.

Perhaps most notably, around 38% of people do not know about ChatGPT. Around 30% of men and 45% of women do not know what ChatGPT is.

Opinion Percentage
Yes, I would consider using it for financial advice. 18.50%
I already have used it for financial advice. 8.10%
No, I wouldn't consider using it for financial advice 35.40%
I don't know what ChatGPT is 38.00%

Methodology

  • Analysts at finder.com asked Chat GPT to create a theoretical fund of over 30 stocks, based on a range of criteria selected from popular funds. The average performance of the 38 stocks it chose is being compared daily. The fictional fund is tracking stocks in dollars but, in order to ensure fairness, the performance of the fictional fund is then being converted to GBP so it is on the same scale as the real funds, which all report in GBP.
  • The UK’s 10 most popular funds were taken from the March 2023 version of this list of the most popular funds on Interactive Investor’s platform.
  • Finder commissioned Censuswide between 24.04 and 26.04 to carry out a nationally representative survey of adults aged 18+. A total of 2,000 people were questioned throughout Great Britain, with representative quotas for gender, age and region

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