AJ Bell funds – assessment of value report 2021

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Last year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) asked investment firms to publish an annual assessment of the value that their funds offer to customers. We are strong supporters of this initiative, and are pleased to present to you our assessment of value report for 2021.

This is our second report for the AJ Bell funds, covering the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Like last year, we cover the seven key factors of value outlined by the FCA:

  • Performance
  • Fund costs
  • Economies of scale
  • Comparable market rates
  • Comparable services
  • Quality of service
  • Classes of units

This year, to make it easier to review the value that our funds offer, we’ve made some small improvements to our report. As well as including the aggregated assessment for the range as a whole, we’ve added a fund-by-fund analysis too. This will make it simpler for you to focus on the specific funds you hold and review their performance against their objectives and benchmarks. We’ve also provided a breakdown of the dividend yields for customers investing in our Income and Income and Growth funds.

You’ll find much more detail in the report itself – but in summary, we believe that our funds offer good value across all seven factors. That’s why we’ve rated all of the funds as ‘green’ using our traffic light system.

We’re pleased to offer our customers a range of funds that are priced very competitively versus their peers, and that have achieved their objectives with strong long-term performance against their benchmarks. This result is in keeping with our philosophy of ‘simple, transparent and low-cost’.

I hope you enjoy reading our assessment of value report, and we thank you for entrusting your money to us and investing in the AJ Bell funds.

Read our ‘Assessment of Value’ report

Important information: The value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally invested. These articles are for information purposes only and are not a personal recommendation or advice. If you’re unsure please consult a suitably qualified financial adviser.


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Written by:
Mark Gillan

Mark is Head of Operations at AJ Bell. He studied Economics at Liverpool University, and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance from Liverpool John Moores University. Qualified to CISI Diploma level in Investment Operations, Mark came to AJ Bell with nine years’ experience in operations at a custodian and an investment management firm.