All About Asset Classes

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  1. Avatar Martin says:

    Great article Mike. For investors starting out with a small pot of less than £5k or those investing for children with say a £1K starting point I recently read an article in the FT Money section suggesting a Global Tracking fund or ETF would be a good start in order to maximise the spread of assets whilst keeping costs down. Would you agree with this approach? What sort of size pot would you need to start implementing the above?

    • Mike Rawson Mike Rawson says:

      Hi Martin,

      I think with £1K you should definitely be looking at something like a global tracker.

      A fully diversified portfolio would need anything from half a dozen to 50 underlying investments, so the size of pot needed is in the £10K to £100K range.

      I like to think of it as a spiral – you start in the centre with the plain vanilla stuff, and as you keep adding money to your retirement pot through the years, you move on to more exotic stuff.

      Since you invested there earlier, you should end up with more cash in the core areas by the time you get to retirement.


  2. Avatar P says:

    Very helpful summary and table, thanks.

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