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Other important information

  • You are not certain to make a profit and may lose money when investing.
  • You may not get back the full amount of your investment.
  • Share prices can go down as well as up.
  • Any income from an investment is not fixed and may fall.
  • For higher risk funds - this type of investment may be subject to sudden and large falls in value and you could get back nothing at all.
  • You may have difficulty selling certain investment company shares in certain market conditions at any price. Do not invest in an investment which may not be readily realisable unless you have carefully thought about whether you can afford it and whether it is right for you.
  • When investing overseas, currency fluctuations may adversely affect the value of your investment.
  • The effect of inflation over time can adversely affect the value of your investment.
  • If the discount narrows during the period of your investment, it may provide a proportionately better return on the share price than on the underlying assets. A widening of the discount does not necessarily indicate a loss although it will reduce the gain you could potentially have received. Any investment in shares should be for the long term and it is important with any equity investment not to be a forced seller: allow yourself to choose a time to sell that is advantageous to you.
  • The share price performance figures on this website are calculated on a mid-market to mid-market basis, making no allowances for charges that occur at the time of the transaction. Transaction costs include dealing charges, stamp duty (on purchase only), charges for advice and/or charges to buy or sell within a wrapper product. Performance figures are for lump sum investments only and not for regular savings plans.
  • You should be aware of the risks associated with equity investments. Actual results and developments may be materially different from past performance and from any forecast, opinion or expectation expressed on this website. Past performance must not be relied on as a guide to future performance. Market and currency movements may cause the value of investments and the income from them to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested when you decide to sell your investments.
  • Where a company uses or proposes to use gearing as part of its investment strategy, investors should be aware that the securities may be subject to sudden and large falls in value.
  • Split capital investment companies are complex and may be higher risk than conventional companies.
  • Tax levels and bases of, and reliefs from, taxation are subject to change by the government.
  • Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) are complex and may be higher risk than conventional investment companies and therefore are only suitable for sophisticated investors. They should be viewed as long-term investments.
  • Although VCTs offer generous tax benefits, you should not invest in a VCT simply for the tax benefits.
  • It can be difficult to sell VCT shares on the secondary market, although some VCTs offer a "buy back" facility.
  • AIM is a market designed primarily for emerging or smaller companies to which a higher investment risk tends to be attached than to larger or more established companies. AIM securities are not admitted to the Official List of the United Kingdom Listing Authority. The rules of AIM are different from those of the Official List.
  • The Specialist Fund Market (SFM) is an EU regulated market designed for specialist investment entities such as hedge funds, private equity funds and certain emerging market and specialist property funds. As such it is intended for institutional, professional and/or highly knowledgeable investors. SFM securities are not admitted to the Official List of the United Kingdom Listing Authority. The rules of the SFM are different from those of the Official List.
  • Please see the Guide to investment companies for detailed information on investment companies.

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