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How we compare charges

Fund charges can eat away at performance and your returns, so it’s important to weigh-up performance potential against the cost of investing in a particular fund.

If there are two funds offering the same performance potential, charges become a greater consideration – especially when looking at passive funds.

The Wealth Shortlist now measures a fund’s ongoing charges against similar funds in the same sector.

Wealth Shortlist charge comparison

We break down each fund sector on our platform into funds with active and passive management.

We then rank these sets of funds by their Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) and score them.

There are five scores available, the lowest-charging get £, the highest-charging get £££££.

As an example, we divide funds in the UK All Companies IA sector into active and passive groups. We then order the funds in each group by the net charge paid by HL clients. We then give a £ to the cheapest 20%, ££ to the next 20% and so on.

Other considerations:

  • A fund’s net OCF is compared – this is the charge after any discounts
  • The Wealth Shortlist groups funds by investment sector. Charges are compared by IA sector
  • Funds in the same sector with the same charge will get the same ranking
  • Funds with the same charge will be ranked the same. In sectors where lots of funds have the same charge, each ranking of £-£££££ won’t have the same number of funds
  • If a group contains fewer than five funds, we won’t apply a ranking
  • Rankings are calculated for unbundled funds only. This is the version of a fund available for new investors

Remember when investing with HL, our platform fee of up to 0.45% per year also applies.

View the Wealth Shortlist