Spot the Dog

The effects of long-term underperformance can be devastating on your savings. Spot the Dog helps you spot the runts of the litter in your portfolio.

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Spot the Dog has been exposing badly performing funds since it launched in 1994. Our expert research team scrutinises funds from all sectors, identifying constant poor performers and highlighting best-of-breed alternatives in Spot the Dog.

What is Spot the Dog?

Far from being a Crufts-like showcase of top dogs, Spot the Dog lists the mutts of the fund management industry. It uses statistical fund performance data to identify funds that have performed badly compared to their benchmark.

We don’t think it wins us any points with fund managers, but as you might have money stagnating in funds with abysmal performance records, we believe you have a right to know which funds those are.

In the latest edition of Spot the Dog:

  • Our research team has identified 111 dog funds – a sharp increase on the 58 in our last edition
  • The level of assets held in dog funds has risen dramatically to £54.6 billion, which is the highest level we have ever recorded
  • UK equities has taken over as the area with the largest number of dog funds, with no less than 59 UK dogs comprising £35.9 billion of assets in the UK All Companies, UK Equity Income and UK Smaller Companies sectors
  • The UK Equity Income kennel has a Great Dane sized new entrant from an extremely well-known fund manager who has been struggling in recent years

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As a dog whisperer helps with problem dogs, our friendly team can help with any concerns you have about your investments.