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Barclays Equity Funds

Barclays offers a wide range of equity funds covering all the major markets from around the world. Our fund selection team in London manages the Barclays GlobalAccess fund range where they select and blend leading third party managers to manage your money.

The Fund Selection team in London comprises a number of analysts, each of which is specialised and experienced in a particular region and asset class. Their deep expertise allows them to identify outstanding third party investment managers with the potential to outperform in their particular fields.

All analysts follow a consistent, rigorous investment process. A vast universe of asset managers globally is first screened using advanced quantitative screening technology. Shortlisted managers are then assessed with particular focus on the strengths of the overall firm, the quality of the investment team, the rigour and transparency of the investment process and the portfolio construction. Particular attention is paid to the quality and consistency of the performance track record. Critically, we do not partner with investment managers if the drivers of performance are not clear.

The final step in the selection process consists of Onsite Due Diligence, where our analysts meet with the main investment decision makers. Ultimate approval of any new manager lies with a Manager Selection Committee comprised of senior investment professionals at Barclays.

Many of our funds are managed by more than one third party investment manager. In addition to the selection of individual managers, the fund research team also applies particular care in blending various managers into a fund. Typically, every manager has a different style, which allows, at the aggregate fund level, better diversification of returns with the aim of more consistent returns with less volatility.

All managers selected within our funds are monitored closely with regard to their performance and risk controls, as well as any changes to the investment team and process.

Important Information and Risks

Past performance is not a guide to future returns.

The value of investments and any income from them is not guaranteed and may fall as well as rise. You may lose some or all of your investment.

Investing in funds should be considered for the medium to long term, that is, five years or longer.

Where funds invest in emerging markets (which are generally less well-regulated than the UK) there is an increased chance of political and economic instability and these markets can be less liquid.

Where funds invest in securities denominated in multiple currencies, the value of investments and any income from them may therefore decrease or increase as a result of changes in exchange rates between currencies.

Funds investing in fixed income securities are sensitive to changes in interest rates. An increase in interest rates will generally reduce the value of fixed-income securities, while a decline in interest rates will generally increase the value of fixed-income securities.

For fund specific key risks, please refer to the relevant Key Investor Information Document (KIID).