Investing in funds
Find out what funds are and how to invest
Important information - Our service is designed for investors who want to make their own investment decisions without personal advice. If you are unsure of the suitability of an investment for your circumstances please contact us for advice. Investments will fall as well as rise in value so you could get back less than you invest. Tax rules can change and benefits depend on individual circumstances. Once held in a pension money is not usually accessible until age 55 (57 from 2028).
What is a fund?
A fund is an investment that pools together money from lots of individuals. The fund manager then invests the money in a wide range of assets e.g. UK shares, overseas shares, bonds etc. Each investor is issued units, which represent a portion of the holdings of a fund.
Different funds specialise in different sectors - for example, if you're interested in Europe you could invest in a fund that focuses on Europe.
Why invest in funds?
Fund managers choose and manage underlying investments
Benefit from the expertise, knowledge and time spent by the fund manager and their team researching and picking the best opportunities in a chosen sector.
Investing in funds means your money is spread across multiple assets. As some investments will perform better and some worse over time, diversifying will, in theory, help spread the risk and smooth returns over time.
Investing for the long term
We always recommend investing for at least 5 years - you have a better chance of riding out short-term volatility and benefitting from greater returns.
Getting started investing in funds
Getting started is easy, whether you already have an account with us or are new to HL. If you're new you can open an account first and choose your funds later. Or, you can start by building your fund portfolio and then opening an account to hold it in. Invest from as little as £25 a month or with a £100 lump sum.
Is it time to transfer?
Having savings and investments in different places can make it difficult to stay on top of things.
By bringing everything together, you could give yourself greater visibility, more control and the potential for better returns.
Why hold funds with Hargreaves Lansdown?
Choose from over 3,000 funds
Whether you're an experienced investor, just starting or want to leave it to an expert, you'll be able to find the right funds, with over 3,000 funds to choose from.
Expert fund research
Our experienced research team's knowledge and insight is available to you with regular research updates. Sign up to alerts to keep you up-to-date with the latest insight.
No charge to buy or sell funds
Most fund trades cost absolutely nothing and are usually confirmed by the next working day. We also have an automated low-cost income reinvestment service.
Invest from £100 or just £25 per month
Pay in on a monthly basis from £25 a month. You can choose to invest in funds, FTSE 350 shares or eligible investment trusts, or hold the money as cash until you choose what to do with it.