Hargreaves Lansdown has added 13 index tracker funds to its list of recommended funds for the first time, as it looks to respond to the flurry of demand for passive investments.
Last week, the wealth manager moved the tracker funds across from its core list of favourite passive funds to the Wealth 150 Plus, as it looked to make it easier for investors to compare both active and passive funds across each sector.
Mark Dampier, head of research at Bristol-based Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “While the industry ties itself in knots arguing the toss for active or passive, our clients are using both as part of a common sense approach to portfolio construction.
The Wealth 150 Plus funds are a subset of Hargreaves Lansdown’s broader Wealth 150 list of recommended funds. Launched in 2003, the Wealth 150 list is a selection of actively managed funds and index tracker funds available to UK investors.
According to Hargreaves Lansdown, the proportion of passive DIY investors has almost doubled in five years, and Mr Dampier said investors simply wanted the most appropriate fund for the market they were investing in, whether that was active or passive.
He added: “Private investors are pragmatic, not dogmatic,”saying he expected a continued polarisation of the UK funds market, with money flowing into high-quality active funds at one end of the spectrum, and low-cost passives at the other.
“The middle ground, inhabited by closet trackers, will become increasingly squeezed out of the picture, as investors continue to vote with their feet, and seek out real value in both active and passive funds,” he said.
The 13 tracker funds now on the list include:
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BlackRock Corporate Bond Tracker
BlackRock Emerging Markets EquityTracker
BlackRock Japan Equity Tracker
BlackRock Pacific ex Japan Equity Tracker
HSBC FTSE 250 Index
Legal & General All Stocks Gilt Index Trust
Legal & General All Stocks Index Linked Gilt
Legal & General European Index
Legal & General Global Inflation Lnk Bond Indx
Legal & General International Index Trust
Legal & General UK 100 Index
Legal & General UK Index
Legal & General US Index
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