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Guide to investment companies

Explore how investment companies work, and start to discover which one might be the right investment for you

Understand the language of investment companies in our glossary.

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-end investment companies, incorporating investment trusts and other closed-ended funds and VCTs. 

Investment companies are a way to make a single investment that gives you a share in a much larger portfolio. A type of collective investment, they let you spread your risk and access investment opportunities you wouldn't find on your own.

This guide is designed for investors without much experience, or people who haven't considered investment companies as an option yet.

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