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AIC releases educational videos on infrastructure & renewable energy infrastructure investment companies

10 September 2019

The new videos are available on the AIC’s website.

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has released two educational videos on infrastructure and renewable energy infrastructure investment companies.

The videos, available at theaic.co.uk, explain what investment companies in the Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Infrastructure sectors invest in, what they offer to investors, and the benefits and risks of investing in this area.

Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Infrastructure have been two of the fastest growing sectors in the investment company industry. The Infrastructure sector launched in 2006 with assets of £246 million. Renewable Energy Infrastructure launched in 2013 with assets of £847 million. At the end of August 2019, Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Infrastructure had total assets of £10.066 billion and £7.758 billion respectively, growth of 3,992% and 816%.

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), said: “The Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Infrastructure sectors have grown rapidly and are now two of the biggest investment company sectors. They are popular with investors because of the high levels of income they pay and the diversification they offer away from shares and bonds. However, there can be confusion about what they invest in and the role they play in society. We hope these videos will help to explain what infrastructure investment companies do, as well as exploring the benefits to investors, society and the environment.”

Links to the videos:

The videos are part of the AIC’s educational programme on the infrastructure sector which also includes a 60-minute online training course for financial advisers and wealth managers. The course can be accessed within Learning Zone, the AIC’s online training portal, along with six other courses on investment companies. All courses are free and accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

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  1. The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) was founded in 1932 to represent the interests of the investment trust industry – the oldest form of collective investment.  Today, the AIC represents a broad range of closed-ended investment companies, incorporating investment trusts and other closed-ended investment companies and VCTs. The AIC’s members believe that the industry is best served if it is united and speaks with one voice. The AIC’s mission statement is to help members add value for shareholders over the longer term. The AIC has 363 members and the industry has total assets of approximately £197 billion.
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