Investment Outlook - Summer 2017 Edition

What did our customers buy in Q2 2017?

Another quarter where political uncertainty played a part - albeit a lesser part - has seen many investors broaden their horizons, whereas there were particular trends emerging out of the UK and US when it comes to most popular equities.  

We have also noticed a strong appetite for funds during this period among our customers. Below we have top ten lists for our most bought funds, UK and US stocks, ETFs, and Investment Trusts.

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Our most popular investments should not be taken as a personal recommendation to buy or sell a particular fund or stock. Instead it is simply an indication of the general buying and selling trends of our customers observed in the period stated.

Most popular Recommended Funds

If there is one thing you can say about TD Direct Investing customers this year, it's that they're consistent. Just like in the first quarter of 2017, Jupiter India was the most popular with customers; generating the most buys.

But like the first quarter's top ten, there was also a distinctly global flavour to this quarter's most popular. The emerging markets trend also appears to still be going with great gusto.

Jupiter India Fund Acc

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Henderson Global Technology Fund I Acc

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BlackRock Gold and General Fund D Acc

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Artemis Global Income Fund I Acc

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Fidelity Emerging Markets Fund W Acc

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HSBC American Index Fund Income C

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MFM Slater Growth Class P Acc

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BlackRock Global Property Securities Equity Tracker Fund D Acc

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BlackRock Continental European Income Fund D Inc

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Liontrust UK Smaller Companies Fund I Inc

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Remember each fund is unique and exposed to different levels of risk. Some are relatively low risk, whilst others can be very risky and those will only be appropriate for more sophisticated investors.

Most traded UK stocks

Lloyds Banking Group has held on to the top spot despite pressure from Glencore. In fact, the latter of those two led the charge of commodities stocks that dominated this quarter's top ten most popular equities.

Sirius Minerals and Petrofac joined behemoths like BP and Royal Dutch Shell, and even proved more popular with customers.

Of the rest, it was a bit of mixed bunch with Boohoo.com proving to be the most interesting to make the list.

Lloyds Banking Group

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Glencore Plc

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Petrofac

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Sirius Minerials

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Barclays

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Boohoo.com

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BT Group

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BP

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Royal Dutch Shell

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National Grid

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Lloyds Banking Group

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Glencore Plc

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Petrofac

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Sirius Minerals

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Barclays Plc

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Boohoo.com

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BP

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Vodafone Group

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Glaxosmithkline

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Kaz Minerals

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Most traded US stocks

If the results from first quarter of 2017 threw up some interesting entrants into the top ten most bought US stocks by our customers, the second quarter has a decidely more familiar look to it.

All of the FANG stocks are present: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google. There's also a return for other favourites like Microsoft and Alibaba. Apple retains top spot from Amazon and Tesla, who come in at second and third respectively for the second consecutive month.

Many of these are also present in the most sold list.

Apple

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Amazon

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Tesla

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Facebook

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Nvidia

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Alphabet

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Advanced Micro Devices

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Microsoft

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Alibaba Group

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Netflix

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Apple

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Tesla

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Facebook

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Amazon

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Nvidia

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Advanced Micro Devices

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Jabil Circuit

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Freeport-McMoran

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Alphabet

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Celestica

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The value of international investments may be affected by currency fluctuations which might reduce their value in sterling.

We may receive two elements of commission in relation to international dealing – Trading Commission and our FX Charge. Please see our Rate Card for full details of the relevant costs.

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Most popular ETFs

The list below is the ten most popular non-leveraged ETFs in terms of volume of buys by TD Direct Investing customers during the second quarter of 2017.

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Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBP

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FTSE 100 ETF INC UCITS

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S&P 500 UCITS ETF INC GBP

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FTSE All-world UCITS ETF GB

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UK Dividend UCITS ETF GBP D​

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FTSE 250 UCITS ETF GBP INC

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FTSE Developed EURP Ex UK

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FTSE Emerging MKTS UCITS GB

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ETFs Physical Gold (GBP)

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ISHS Physical Gold ETC USD (GBP)

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Important Information

Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) including ETFs, ETCs and ETNs track a wide variety of underlying investments, some of which may be complex in nature and involve leverage, shorting or a high degree of volatility. It is therefore important that you read the Prospectus or Fact Sheet (available on the issuers’ websites) prior to investing and ensure that you understand how it is structured and the associated risks.

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Most popular Investment Trusts

The list below is the ten most popular Investment Trusts in terms of volume of buys by TD Direct Investing customers during the first quarter of 2017.

Scottish Mortgage Inv Trust

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British Land Co (REIT)

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City of London Investment Trust

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HICL Infrastructure Co Ltd

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Woodford Patient Capital Trust PLC

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TR European Growth Trust

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RIT Capital Partners

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Templeton Emerging Markets Inv Trust

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Tritax Big Box REIT Plc

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Finsbury Growth & Income Trust

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Important Information

The information we provide in this Investment Outlook is for information and discussion purposes only and not intended to be a personal recommendation to invest, which means we have not assessed your investing knowledge and experience, your financial situation or your investment objectives.

Investors should be aware that with self-select products or services the value of investments can fall as well as rise unlike cash investments. You may get back less than you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. 

If you are unsure about the suitability of a particular investment you should speak to a suitably qualified financial adviser.