Compass: The AIC’s monthly newsletter

This month, Compass gets in the festive mood. Ian Cowie piles on the pounds with 2023’s winners and our fund managers look at what’s in store for 2024.

Latest articles, press releases and videos

UK Smaller Companies: Could interest rate peaks make a difference for smaller companies?

Amanda Yeaman, Ken Wotton and George Ensor share their thoughts on the possibility of peaking UK interest rates and whether this could make a difference for smaller companies.

UK Smaller Companies: Where are you finding opportunities?

A panel of UK Smaller Companies experts discuss where they are currently finding opportunities for growth.

UK Smaller Companies: What are the challenges of investing in these difficult conditions?

UK Smaller Companies fund managers give their thoughts on the challenges of investing in the current economic climate.

UK Smaller Companies: time to dive in

Annabel Brodie-Smith discusses the challenges and opportunities in the UK Smaller Companies sector with investment company managers George Ensor, Ken Wotton and Amanda Yeaman.


The investment companies set to benefit after rates peak

Some sectors could be in for a welcome boost, writes Faith Glasgow.


Wealth managers are shopping for bargains amid wide discounts, research shows

Discretionary fund managers have increased their usage of investment trusts since 2020 and those who use trusts are looking to add to their exposure, according to Research in Finance.


The return of VCTs

David Prosser explores the benefits of VCTs that make them so popular with investors.


UK smaller companies: “the prevailing, extremely negative positioning and sentiment only enhances the opportunity”

The AIC UK Smaller Companies sector has a history of strong performance following economic and market downturns.


Takeover time?

David Prosser explores how mergers and acquisitions of investment companies could prove exciting for investors.


Winners of the Shareholder Communication Awards 2023

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has announced the winners of its Shareholder Communication Awards 2023.


Winners of the AIC Media Awards 2023

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has announced the winners of the AIC Media Awards 2023.


A one-stop shop for diversification

David Prosser explores how investment companies in the AIC’s Flexible Investment sector can simplify the process of diversifying your portfolio.

Thematic research

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

Built to last

22 November 2023

UK commercial property trusts have weathered a fierce storm, but our analysts think their fortunes may already have passed a nadir...

The Asian century

15 November 2023

Failing to invest in Asia means omitting half the global economy from your portfolio...

Back to basics

1 November 2023

Higher rates mean re-visiting portfolio construction...

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QuotedData’s weekly news update 8th December

Thank you to everyone that listened in today, whether you watched the Zoom live, on Facebook or on YouTube. In this week’s show, James Carthew covered the week’s top stories: Chrysalis (0:20) Baring Emerging EMEA Opportunities (3:23) Ecofin US Renewables (7:21) This week’s interview was with Joe Bauernfreund from AVI Japan Opportunity Trust– watch it […]
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Sub-scale Barings Emerging warns it may have to fold

Board of £73m investment trust hit by last year’s writedown of Russian assets warns it could become unviable if a performance-related tender offer is triggered in 2025.
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QD view – your vote will count in Arb fight

Discounts in the investment trust sector are almost double their average[1], with the combination of cost disclosure rules and rising interest rates creating widespread selling pressure. It is perhaps not surprising that this has caught the attention of activist investors who spot an opportunity. Saba Capital is the latest arbitrageur on the block, thought to […]
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Abrdn commits to buy over £30m of shares in its shrinking trust range

UK’s third-largest investment company manager will reinvest six months of fees in its 17 closed-end funds, a sign of confidence in a range that has contracted this year.
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SpaceX take-off could boost Baillie Gifford trusts and Seraphim

Elon Musk’s SpaceX begins talks on a tender offer that could up the value of the unlisted company by $25bn, a boon to six trusts that back it or invest in the sector.

Pacific Horizon

8 December 2023

Annual Overview from QuotedData

Schroder British Opportunities

6 December 2023

Results analysis from Kepler Trust Intelligence

Brown Advisory US Smaller Companies

6 December 2023

Investing in US small caps with investment trusts

Apax Global Alpha

4 December 2023

Hidden gems strategy delivering new investment opportunities

Aberforth Split Level Income

4 December 2023

New Research: Kepler Trust Intelligence

Result of AGM

09/12/2023 - 02:30

Ashoka India Equity Investment Tst

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Transaction in Own Shares

09/12/2023 - 02:20

Smithson Investment Trust PLC

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Temple Bar Investment Trust Plc - Transaction in Own Shares

08/12/2023 - 17:50

Temple Bar Investment Trust

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Transaction in Own Shares

09/12/2023 - 02:10

Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust

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Transaction in Own Shares

09/12/2023 - 02:10

Schroder AsiaPacific Fund PLC

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