Compass: The AIC’s monthly newsletter

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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Go smaller for income

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

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Meet the manager: Simon King

Fund Manager of Octopus Future Generations VCT.

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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...

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Adding to the size of the cake

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

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India’s general election

Will more of the same be good for markets?

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VCT fundraising is third highest on record

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

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Buyback bonanza

Cherry Reynard analyses the buyback boom.

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Land of opportunity

With the US election looming, Ian Cowie explores the North America sector.

The Resilient Investor: Foresight Solar and the infrastructure renewables sector

Hear Ross Driver of Foresight Solar Fund and David Stevenson on infrastructure renewables' prospects, challenges, and current discounts.

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Meet the manager: Joe Bauernfreund

Portfolio Manager of AVI Japan Opportunity Trust and AVI Global Trust.

Middlefield's Dean Orrico discusses the dividends landscape in North America

Listen in, as Dean Orrico, Manager of Middlefield Canadian Income, and David Stevenson discuss North American dividend prospects and equity income.

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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.

Thematic research

Third-party thematic research on investment companies can be found below.

Pretty, pretty, pretty good

17 August 2024

Do investment trusts really protect capital and income against inflation? Lets take a look...

Micro-managing

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.

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Blackstone starts bidding war over Hipgnosis

There is no announcement to the stock exchange on this yet, but Sky, the FT and other news outlets have a story that Blackstone is proposing to buy Hipgnosis Songs Fund  for $1.24 in cash (about 99.6p per share), trumping the $1.16 per share offer from Chorus that was announced on Thursday. $1.24 is an […]
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Blackstone starts bidding war for Hipgnosis Songs with $1.5bn counter offer

US private assets group launches $1.24 per share cash bid to trump the $1.16 Concord offer recommended by the royalties fund's board on Thursday.
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Aquila Energy Efficiency Trust provides detail on tender offer proposal

Aquila Energy Efficiency Trust (AEET) has published details of a tender offer under which up to 18.6% of its issued share capital may be repurchased at 94.28p per share, up to a maximum consideration of £17.5m. AEET is publishing a circular which we would suggest that shareholders read. AEET is seeking shareholders’ approval for the […]
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Gresham House Energy Storage suspends dividends and buybacks for 2024

Gresham House Energy Storage (GRID) has published a trading update in advance of the publication of its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2023 expected on 29 April 2024. GRID’s chair, John Leggate, says “The BESS sector, the Company and its shareholders are going through the most challenging operating environment since the Company’s […]
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Gresham House Energy Storage cancels dividends and share buybacks to repay debt

A recent improvement in trading revenues still leaves the battery fund’s forecasts well below expectations, requiring close to a 12% cut in net asset value.

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust

18 April 2024

CCJI's differentiated investment approach has led to sector-leading performance.

JPMorgan Japan Small Cap Growth & Income

18 April 2024

JSGI offers exposure to exciting growth companies in Japan.

Tetragon Financial Group

16 April 2024

FY23 growth driven by idiosyncratic factors.

Jupiter Green

16 April 2024

JGC's recovery is gathering momentum, but the discount has yet to react.

abrdn Asian Income Fund

15 April 2024

All looking good in terms of income and growth.

Transaction in Own Shares

19/04/2024 - 19:30

Impax Environmental Markets PLC

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Transaction in Own Shares

19/04/2024 - 19:20

BioPharma Credit PLC

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Transaction in Own Shares

19/04/2024 - 19:20

Smithson Investment Trust PLC

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BlackRock Throgmorton Trust Plc - Transaction in Own Shares

19/04/2024 - 18:10

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust

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TwentyFour Select Monthly Income Fund - Issue of Shares

19/04/2024 - 17:50

TwentyFour Select Monthly Income

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