If you've ever looked into investment products, you'll probably have seen a phrase that goes something like "past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance." Sound advice, and all too true 👍

With this in mind, it's ironic that for those of us who aren’t experts in wealth management (so basically, that's pretty much everyone), historic fund performance is one of the few metrics we can use to make our decision.

What matters most to us is how our investments will perform in the future. And even though we logically understand that what happened last year has no bearing on the results we can expect this time around, it's only natural that we should want to look back at how our investments performed in the past 👀

Let's take a look at the historic performance of our investment funds (information correct as of 30th September 2020):

Slow & Steady Fund

Composition

The Slow & Steady Fund is a diversified portfolio composed of approximately 20% shares and 80% bonds. Money is invested across countries and industries to give a broad representation of the overall market.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the 'Vanguard LifeStrategy 20% Equity Fund', and it is provided by Vanguard Investments UK Limited.

Risk level

3 out of 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard LifeStrategy 20% Equity

Key Investor Info: Vanguard LifeStrategy 20% Equity

Balanced Bundle Fund

Composition

The Balanced Bundle Fund is a diversified portfolio composed of approximately 60% shares and 40% bonds. Money is invested across countries and industries to give a broad representation of the overall market.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity Fund’, and it is provided by Vanguard Investments UK Limited.

Risk level

4 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity Fund

Key Investor Info: Vanguard LifeStrategy 60% Equity Fund

Growth Stack Fund

Composition

The Growth Stack Fund is a diversified portfolio composed of approximately 80% shares and 20% bonds. Money is invested across countries and industries to give a broad representation of the overall market.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is “Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity Fund”, and it is provided by Vanguard Investments UK Limited.

Risk level

5 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity Fund

Key Investor Info: Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity Fund

Tech Giants Fund

Composition

Technology shares (like Facebook and Apple).

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the 'Legal & General Global Technology Trust', and it is provided by Legal & General (Unit Trust Managers) Limited.

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Legal & General Global Technology Trust

Key Investor Info: Legal & General Global Technology Trust

Clean & Green Fund

Composition

Shares of companies selected for their social responsibility.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘ASI UK Ethical Equity Fund’, and it is provided by Aberdeen Standard Fund Managers Limited.

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: ASI UK Ethical Equity Fund

Key Investor Info: ASI UK Ethical Equity Fund

Rising Stars Fund

Composition

Shares of companies located in emerging markets around the world.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘Vanguard Global Emerging Markets Fund’, and it is provided by Vanguard Global Advisers, LLC (VGA).

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard Global Emerging Markets Fund

Key Investor Info: Vanguard Global Emerging Markets Fund

American Dream Fund

Composition

Shares of the 500 largest public companies in the USA, also known as the S&P 500.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘Vanguard U.S. Equity Index Fund’, and it is provided by Vanguard Global Advisers, LLC (VGA).

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard U.S. Equity Index Fund

Key Investor Info: Vanguard U.S. Equity Index Fund

Best of British Fund

Composition

Shares of the 100 largest public companies in the UK, also known as the FTSE 100.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘Vanguard FTSE U.K All Share Index’, and it is provided by Vanguard Investments UK, Limited (‘VIUK’).

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard FTSE U.K All Share Index

Key Investor Info: Vanguard FTSE U.K All Share Index

European Essentials Fund

Composition

Shares of large and mid-sized companies in developed markets across Europe (excluding UK).

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex-U.K. Equity Index Fund’, and it is provided by Vanguard Investments UK, Limited ("VIUK").

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex-U.K. Equity Index Fund

Key Investor Info: Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex-U.K. Equity Index Fund

The Medic Fund

Composition

Shares of Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology companies.

Provider

The name of the underlying fund is the ‘Legal & General Global Health & Pharmaceuticals Index’, and it is provided by Legal & General (Unit Trust Managers) Limited.

Risk level

6 out 7 from industry standard.

Fund results do not include Plum fees. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. See below for more on this fund:

Fund details: Legal & General Global Health & Pharmaceuticals Index

Key Investor Info: Legal & General Global Health & Pharmaceuticals Index

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The longer you can leave your money in an investment, the more time you have to take advantage of compounding (the principle by which any earnings are reinvested so you can then generate earnings on earnings) 💰

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