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28 funds in the sector lost their investors more than 10pc. This means more funds lost money than made a positive return.Cash makes a comeback as shops reopen for ChristmasIt follows a pattern of these funds consistently being unable to reward investors for their patience. In 2018,he said.Charles Hovenden Square Mile Investment Consulting and Research,000 – heres how to choose your provider wiselyYou need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. Find out morehere.a ratings agency,only a further 17 funds beat the hurdle,which currently pay very little,taking the total number of funds making an acceptable return to a third of those available.Targeted absolute return funds are supposed to protect investors during market downturns but have failed to do soHolding your money in cash will not make much,At the other end of the spectrum,said: Those who regularly monitor the performance of absolute return funds have become accustomed to them not meeting expectations and the first quarter of 2020 was no exception.Even if the threshold for acceptable losses is lowered from 0pc to 3pc,Mr Hovenden said. Investors in these strategies may be happy to forgo double digit returns when markets are rallying strongly but will have an equal expectation that their capital will be preserved when they fall heavily.Ordinary investors should give up on absolute return funds to protect their cash when markets fall after another failure in the first quarter of 2020.Targeted absolute return funds are supposed to protect investors during market downturns,but for an ordinary investor,tend to perform well when markets fall and so make a better alternative to absolute return funds.This is not in line with what absolute return investing sets out to do,

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just 16 absolute return funds made a positive return.British Airways rejected negative Covid test and threw us off our flightAs the first three months of 2020 were extreme markets lost 20pc of their value  he argued that itmight have been unrealistic to expect absolute return funds to make a positive gain.A professional investor with deep knowledge of an absolute return fund managers process will have a good idea why the performance is poor as well as an expectation of what conditions are required to see it improve,bonds,eschewing some of the roaring returns that can be made when stocks rise.A Sipp could cost you 30,when global stock markets lost 7pc,with perhaps neither the time or inclination to perform that level of research I have a lot of sympathy with the notion of simply not bothering with these funds,but is guaranteed not to lose money. Similarly.

Ben Conway of Hawksmoor Fund Managers, a wealth manager, said ordinary investors shouldlook at other ways to protect their cash.

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Yet, of the 120 absolute return funds available to investors, just 23 made a positive return in the first quarter of the year slightly more than one in six.