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What is a benchmark?

A benchmark is a snapshot of a particular area of the market and is used as a comparison for your own investments, or prospective investments.

A good way to think about them is as a standard or measure against which you can analyse the allocation, risk, or return of a given investment.

There are many different benchmarks, each created to represent one specific aspect of the total market.

For example, if the fund you're looking at is a UK equity income fund, you can see how that particular fund has performed against other funds of that sort.

Please open the factsheet of the particular fund you are interested in to see the available benchmarks that you can compare it to.