Many advisers and marketing newspapers look at investment performance in the wrong way. We all know if you ask a stupid question you will get an answer of a similar standard.
Don’t measure past performance on the basis of how well something has done over a set period of time such as 1 or 5 years. The best performer as shown in the table below was the close Beacon Investment. In the following years it was placed 1106,1324,61, 795 and 1770. The other ‘top’ five funds as described at that point are all of a similar performance standard over the coming years.
The truth is they never were ‘top’ funds. (Click on the table to view a larger image.)
The simple reason for this is that, in order for a fund to be top over 1,3 and 5-year periods, it must have had a spike in its performance in recent history i.e. within the last 6 – 12 months.
Typically, if a fund has had a spike in its performance, there is only one way from there, and that is a re-correction of its performance. The top-performing fund assessed by cumulative performance data changes like the weather, as a fund consistently spikes and corrects.
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