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Multi-Asset funds

When we talk about investments, we often talk about different asset classes. Asset classes are merely a way of categorising different types of investment. For example, bonds, equities and property are three different asset classes. Most funds invest in just one asset class, like equities, for example. Multi-asset funds are aptly named as they will invest in more than one asset class. The number of different assets they invest in can vary greatly, from two to many, so it is important to read the information about each fund carefully so you know exactly in which asset classes they invest. Funds of this ilk are usually classified by the amount they are allowed to hold in equities (to give an indication of the risk involved). The standard segmentation is 0-35% shares, 20-60% shares, 40-85% shares and those that can be completely flexible.