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16 July 2019

Global and UK Equity Income companies lead the way.

Latest figures from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) have revealed the top 20 most viewed member investment companies on its website, www.theaic.co.uk, for the first half of 2019. April 2019 saw a new record for visits to the site, with over 45,000 that month.

Most viewed investment companies

Topping the list as the most viewed investment company on the AIC website is City of London from the UK Equity Income sector, up three places from 2018.

Following City of London in second place is Scottish Mortgage from the Global sector, with Murray International from Global Equity Income completing the top three. Finsbury Growth & Income was the fourth most viewed company and F&C Investment Trust followed in fifth place.

The most represented sectors in the top 20 were UK Equity Income and Global, with six and five companies respectively.

Dividend heroes

Investment companies with strong track records of dividend growth have remained popular in this year’s H1 rankings. The list includes 12 dividend heroes, investment companies that have increased their dividends for 20 or more consecutive years.

The rankings also feature three companies from the next generation of dividend heroes, investment companies that have consecutively raised their dividends for between 10 and 20 years. The next generation companies featured are: Murray International (3rd), Edinburgh Investment (7th) and Henderson Far East Income (8th).  

New additions

Four investment companies are new entries this year, having not appeared in the rankings for 2018. The newcomers are Scottish American (12th), Perpetual Income & Growth (15th), Caledonia (18th) and Woodford Patient Capital (20th).

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), said: “Traffic to our website has continued to increase and the number of visits reached an all-time high in April. The AIC website includes a wealth of investment company information and data and it’s great to see more investors using it to help build their knowledge and inform their decisions.

“From the top 20 most viewed investment companies for the first half of the year, it’s clear that demand for income remains strong and investors are particularly interested in investment companies with a long and proven record of increasing their dividends.”

Top 20 most viewed investment company profile pages on the AIC website in H1 2019

Company

AIC sector

Rank and movement
in places from 2018

City of London*

UK Equity Income

1 (▲3)

Scottish Mortgage*

Global

2 (▼1)

Murray International#

Global Equity Income

3 ( - )

Finsbury Growth & Income

UK Equity Income

4 (▲3)

F&C Investment Trust*

Global

5 ( - )

Merchants*

UK Equity Income

6 (▲3)

Edinburgh Investment#

UK Equity Income

7 (▲3)

Henderson Far East Income#

Asia Pacific Income

8 (▲10)

Bankers*

Global

9 (▲2)

European Assets

European Smaller Companies

10 (▼4)

BMO Global Smaller Companies*

Global Smaller Companies

11 (▲8)

Scottish American*

Global Equity Income

12 (▲11)

Alliance Trust*

Global

13 (▼1)

Temple Bar*

UK Equity Income

14 (▲1)

Perpetual Income & Growth*

UK Equity Income

15 (▲7)

Witan*

Global

16 ( - )

Edinburgh Worldwide

Global Smaller Companies

17 (▼3)

Caledonia*

Flexible Investment

18 (▲10)

JPMorgan Global Growth & Income

Global Equity Income

19 (▼6)

Woodford Patient Capital

Growth Capital

20 (▲31)

Source: AIC

The AIC’s member profile pages on its website, www.theaic.co.uk, include performance figures, dividend history, premium/discount figures, gearing, top holdings and more.

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Notes

  1. *Denotes dividend hero investment company – 20 or more consecutive years of dividend growth.
  2. #Denotes next generation of dividend hero investment company – between 10 and 20 consecutive years of dividend growth.
  3. 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 360 members and the industry has total assets of approximately £193 billion.
  4. Disclaimer: The information contained in this press release does not constitute investment advice or personal recommendation and it is not an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity. You should seek independent financial and, if appropriate, legal advice as to the suitability of any investment decision. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.  The value of investment company shares, and the income from them, can fall as well as rise.  You may not get back the full amount invested and, in some cases, nothing at all.
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