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 34 dog funds compared to 41 at the start of 2017, an impressive 13% decline in numbers
  • The level of assets held in dog funds has also continued to decline from £8.6 billion at the start of the year to £7.6 billion in this edition
  • Global equities remains the area with the largest number of dog funds, with 17 funds across the combined IA Global and IA Global Equity Income sectors
  • Dog funds remain a rare breed in certain sectors. Not a single UK Smaller Companies or Global Emerging Markets fund made it into this edition, and only one UK Equity fund was identified

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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.