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Top 20 most viewed investment companies in 2019

7 January 2020

Scottish Mortgage most viewed for third consecutive year.

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) today published the list of investment companies which were most viewed on its website, www.theaic.co.uk, in 2019.

The list demonstrates investors’ demand for income with half of the top 20 most viewed companies belonging to income-generating sectors.

Investment companies which have consistently increased dividends were also popular. 15 of the top 20 companies (75%) have grown their dividends for more than 10 years in a row. 12 companies (60%) are dividend heroes, having raised their dividends for over 20 consecutive years. Three are in the next generation of dividend heroes, having grown their dividends each year for between 10 and 19 years.

The Top 5

Scottish Mortgage was the most viewed investment company for the third year in a row. The FTSE 100 investment company has returned 509% over the past 10 years.

City of London was the second most viewed company having risen two places from last year’s list. This is the highest position it has ever occupied in the top 20.

Murray International was third for the second year in a row. The company appears regularly on the list having been the most viewed investment company in 2015 and 2016 and placed second in 2017.

Completing the top 5 were Finsbury Growth & Income and Edinburgh both from the UK Equity Income sector.

New entries

There were three new entries in the 2019 list, Caledonia (13th), Scottish American (15th) and Perpetual Income & Growth (16th), each a dividend hero investment company. Caledonia and Perpetual Income & Growth returned to the top 20 having not appeared since 2017. This is Scottish American’s first appearance on the list.

Increasing traffic to the AIC website

Traffic to the AIC website grew 12% in 2019 from 2018.

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), said: “The list demonstrates that large, well-known investment companies remain very popular amongst investors. It’s clear too that investors are still hungry for income, with half of the top 20 belonging to income-generating sectors and three quarters having track records of consecutive dividend rises for over 10 years. It’s pleasing that traffic to the AIC website continues to grow, increasing by 12% from 2018.

“2019 saw the launch of Income Finder on the AIC website, a suite of tools to help income-seeking investors research investment companies which has proved popular. The website also contains a wealth of information such as investment companies’ performance, portfolios, costs and more, which can help inform investors’ decisions.”

Top 20 most viewed investment companies on www.theaic.co.uk in 2019

Most viewed on AIC website

Company

AIC sector

Share Price Total Return (%) 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2019

Share Price Total Return (%) 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2019

Share Price Total Return (%) 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2019

Yield (%) at 1 January 2020

1

Scottish Mortgage

Global

24.76

143.12

509.39

0.54

2

City of London

UK Equity Income

20.53

43.97

176.95

4.28

3

Murray International

Global Equity Income

16.45

53.80

149.69

4.21

4

Finsbury Growth & Income

UK Equity Income

21.82

85.56

366.43

1.84

5

Edinburgh

UK Equity Income

9.43

16.54

156.47

4.55

6

F&C Investment Trust

Global

22.89

99.48

248.66

1.52

7

Merchants

UK Equity Income

28.42

54.47

180.60

4.77

8

Bankers

Global

29.88

92.11

255.58

2.07

9

Henderson Far East Income

Asia Pacific Income

12.72

51.24

112.89

6.13

10

Alliance Trust

Global

24.29

95.05

221.38

1.66

11

BMO Global Smaller Companies

Global Smaller Companies

19.94

68.68

295.89

1.14

12

European Assets

European Smaller Companies

24.81

51.54

258.09

5.54

13

Caledonia

Flexible Investment

12.98

54.88

153.72

1.91

14

Temple Bar

UK Equity Income

34.29

49.71

184.41

3.62

15

Scottish American

Global Equity Income

25.07

102.57

245.25

2.75

16

Perpetual Income & Growth

UK Equity Income

13.47

2.92

136.12

4.46

17

Witan

Global

22.13

71.43

228.79

2.14

18

Allianz Technology

Technology & Media

35.00

193.58

512.27

0.00

19

JPMorgan Global Growth & Income

Global Equity Income

26.20

94.34

210.92

3.76

20

Edinburgh Worldwide

Global Smaller Companies

33.54

151.70

329.10

0.01

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Notes

  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 362 members and the industry has total assets of approximately £199 billion.
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