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This month in Compass, it’s all about elections. Ian Cowie crosses the pond, biotech managers talk US politics and we examine how UK trusts fared under different governments.

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Bringing together the latest news, research and insights about investment trusts from the AIC and other organisations. (Got a question? Contact us.)

India’s general election

Will more of the same be good for markets?

VCT fundraising is third highest on record

VCTs raise £882 million in 2023/24 tax year to invest in fast-growing companies.

Which government was best for UK investment trusts?

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has released data on the performance of UK-focused investment trusts in each parliament since 1987.

Eight investment trusts join the next generation of dividend heroes

33 investment trusts have raised dividends for 10 to 19 consecutive years.

Biotechnology & Healthcare: a sector on the mend?

What’s the prognosis for biotech and healthcare companies? How will the US election impact the sector, and could we see a recovery later this year?

Go smaller for income

Trusts investing in smaller companies could be worth a look for income investors, says David Prosser.

Meet the manager: Simon King

Fund Manager of Octopus Future Generations VCT.

Investment Trust Update | April 2024

In this Investment Trust Update, our host Rory Palmer discusses Pantheon Infrastructure Trust's impressive NAV growth, Elliott Investment Management's 5% stake in Scottis...

Adding to the size of the cake

David Prosser on whether share issues could be a cause for optimism.

Buyback bonanza

Cherry Reynard analyses the buyback boom.


12 April 2024

Is the tide turning?

VietNam Holding

12 April 2024

Introducing redeemable shares.

BH Macro

10 April 2024

Results analysis from Kepler Trust Intelligence.

Schroder BSC Social Impact

10 April 2024

Results analysis from Kepler Trust Intelligence.

Seraphim Space

10 April 2024

Several key holdings funded to break-even.


11 April 2024

What opportunities exist in the smallest part of the UK market?

Seoul searching

28 March 2024

South Korea is looking to to tackle its ‘discount’ versus other Asian countries by introducing governance reforms, very similar to Japan's.

Investment company liquidity – steady as she goes, but could be better

19 March 2024

A review of investment company liquidity in London since 2016.

Listed private equity – Performing a balancing act

6 March 2024

UK-listed private equity investment companies maintained strong NAV total returns (TR) over the last five and 10 years of c 14% per year on average, despite recent monetary tightening and other macro headwinds.

Range anxiety

7 February 2024

We look at what context we can gain from ten years of discount analysis.

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Downing Renewables lifts dividend target by 7.8%

The 8%-yielder diversifies its revenues from volatile power prices with non-generating assets and flags the strength of its hydropower assets.
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Fidelity Asian stands by China small-caps that knocked returns

An overweight to China and Hong Kong held back Fidelity Asian Values in its latest half-year, but fund manager Nitin Bajaj insists that's where the most attractive smaller companies are.
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QuotedData’s weekly news show 12th April 2024

Thank you to everyone that listened in today, whether you watched the Zoom live or on YouTube. In this week’s show, James Carthew covered the week’s top stories: • Third Point Investors (0:30) • Literacy Capital (5:37) • Batteries – Gore Street Energy Capital (8:02) This week’s interview was with Phil Waller from JPMorgan Global […]
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QD view – Navigating a sticky situation

On the economic front, this week’s big news was US inflation figures coming in ahead of expectations. This knocked both equity and bond markets, and cast doubts on the prospect of any interest rate cut in June, as had been expected beforehand. Sticky inflation One reason why US inflation seems to be stickier than the […]
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Bullish Mercantile lifts gearing to 10-year high

Mid-cap trust is 15% geared ahead of an economic recovery that its JP Morgan managers believe will trigger a rally in depressed UK shares.

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust Plc - Transaction in Own Shares

12/04/2024 - 19:00

BlackRock Smaller Companies

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BlackRock Throgmorton Trust Plc - Transaction in Own Shares

12/04/2024 - 19:00

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust

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Transaction in Own Shares

12/04/2024 - 19:30

Crystal Amber Fund Limited

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Transaction in Own Shares

12/04/2024 - 19:20

BioPharma Credit PLC

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BlackRock Sustainable American Income Trust Plc - Transaction in Own Shares

12/04/2024 - 18:20

BlackRock Sustainable American Income

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