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 26 dog funds compared to 34 in July 2017, an impressive decline in numbers
  • The level of assets held in dog funds has also continued to decline from £7.6 billion six months ago to £6.4 billion in this edition
  • Global equities remains the area with the largest number of dog funds, with seven funds across the combined IA Global and IA Global Equity Income sectors
  • This edition has seen the return of a number of UK Smaller Companies and Global Emerging Markets funds to the kennel

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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.