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In what has been a year dominated by continual change and uncertainty, some things have remained comfortingly consistent: Baillie Gifford Global Discovery has been the most popular Elite Rated fund amongst FundCalibre visitors for the third year in a row*.
Run by Douglas Brodie and investing in what he believes to be the most innovative smaller companies around the globe that are capable of changing the world, the fund drew the highest number of page views on our website in 2021.
The second most popular has been City of London Investment Trust (up from 3rd position last year) while Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust also moved up one position into third. It was a big year for investment trusts with both Fidelity China Special Situations and Murray International Trust making it into the top ten for the first time.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, global equities dominated the list of most popular funds in 2021, as investors looked to diversify their portfolios given the uncertain conditions. But interestingly, investors continued to search for ideas in the out-of-favour UK stock market. Strategic and corporate bonds also featured in the top ten sectors, despite the fact that not a single fixed income fund made it into the top twenty funds viewed.
Top ten sector searches in 2021*
*Source: FundCalibre Analytics, 1 January to 14 December 2021