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 59 dog funds – a big decrease on the 111 in our last edition
  • The level of assets held in dog funds has fallen since January but still stands at a whopping £32.6 billion
  • UK Equities has kept its spot as the sector with the most dog funds, with no less than 20 UK dogs comprising £20.5 billion of people’s savings
  • We caught six Great Dane sized funds each holding more than £1 billion, including one 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.