Frequently asked questions

Although you should find : explore very intuitive to use, you may have some specific questions about the terminology used within the charts. If you've read the following and still have a burning question don't hesitate to call our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.

  • This shows the performance over a defined period. In this instance it is each of the last five years, starting with the last 12 months, up to the last quarter end. This differs from the cumulative performance as it could potentially highlight the damage a poor year has made to your investment, which may well have been hidden by cumulative performance over time.

  • The yield is the income return on an investment, such as the interest or dividends received from a holding. The yield is usually expressed as an annual percentage rate.

  • There are a huge variety of Funds on sale in the UK to choose from. Sectors provide a way of dividing these Funds into broad groups. Investors can then compare Funds in one or more sectors before looking in detail at individual Funds and making their investment decisions.

  • An asset class is a group of securities that exhibit similar characteristics and behave similarly in the marketplace. For the purposes of : explore, they are categorised as either: Equity, Fixed Interest, Mixed Asset and Property. 

  • YTD stands for 'Year-to-date' which is a period, starting from the beginning of the current year, and continuing up to the present day. 

  • Comprehensive explanations with regards each of these elements can be found within our : explore in detail section.

  • Fund Managers apply an Annual Management Charge (AMC), which is deducted directly from the Fund to cover ongoing management. This is taken to pay for their investment management services, such as research analysts and portfolio managers.

    However, the AMC is not the only annual cost - there are others such as Fund administration services, accounting and legal fees, and custodian and settlement charges for the investments the Fund holds. When you combine these with the AMC, you have the Ongoing Charge, which is the combined annual operating expense of the Fund.

  • This is the cost of investing in a Fund, expressed as a percentage of the value of your investment.

    It is used to pay for administration investment management and independent oversight of the Fund. It may also include commission paid to your intermediary.

    It is shown in the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) and is the most accurate measure of what it costs to invest in a Fund.

    It has replaced the TER (Total Expense Ratio) for all UCITS Funds.

  • Yes.  Each of the column headings allows you to sort in ascending or descending order. For example, if you click once on the column heading ‘Yield’ it will sort with the highest yielding Fund first, click it twice and the lowest yielding will appear top.

  • Bid is the price at which you sell units. Offer is the price at which you buy units. The Mid price is used for OEIC Funds where there is one single (mid) price for both buying and selling. 

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