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ISA investors defy Brexit uncertainty to buy British in January, Willis Owen data reveals

Posted by Adrian Lowcock in Press releases category on 06 Feb 19

With the ISA season now underway, UK assets featured strongly in the best-selling funds and sectors on the Willis Owen platform in January.1 The HSBC FTSE All Share Index C was the best-selling fund on the leading UK online investment platform, while UK Equity Income topped the sectors table, followed by UK All Companies and Sterling Strategic Bond. 

Adrian Lowcock, Head of Personal Investments at Willis Owen, commented: “Investors are clearly happy to buy the UK despite Brexit uncertainty. They continue to demand income though, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as most investors are getting closer to retirement and income remains elusive.  

“The interest in Asian equities is also notable given the region suffered in the second half of 2018.  Investors have responded to the recent sell-off by seeing it as an opportunity to invest.

“Not all investors are so adventurous, however, and we are still seeing demand for the more cautious asset classes in sterling strategic bonds and mixed assets.”

The Willis Own Best-Seller List, January 2019

10 Best Selling funds in January 10 Best Selling Sectors in January
HSBC FTSE All Share Index  UK Equity Income
Artemis Monthly Distribution  UK All Companies
Artemis Strategic Bond  Sterling Strategic Bond
Fundsmith Equity  Global
Schroder Asian Alpha Plus  Specialist
LF Lindsell Train UK Equity  Mixed Investment 20%-60% Shares
Janus Henderson Preference & Bond  Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
Artemis Income UK Smaller Companies
Schroder Income Maximiser  Asia Pacific Including Japan
Neptune Latin America Europe Excluding UK