Compass: The AIC’s monthly newsletter

This month in Compass, our UK managers are gearing up for good times and Ian Cowie goes on an Indian adventure.

Latest articles, press releases and videos

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A wealth of research available on investment trusts – shame about the regulation

David Prosser examines the various information resources for trust investors.

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General election: AIC comments on priorities for the next government

Incoming government must mobilise private capital and reinvigorate capital markets.

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General election: “fixing cost disclosure regulation must be an urgent priority”

The AIC is urging the next government to prioritise resolving the issues with investment company cost disclosure.

Why now for investment trusts?

Christian Pittard of abrdn gives his perspective on opportunities within investment trusts in a discussion with Annabel Brodie-Smith of The AIC.

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AIC updates platform comparison tables to help investment trust investors find best value

The information is commissioned by the AIC from the lang cat, a platform consultancy.

Trust Issues: the opportunity in US small-caps with BASC manager Christopher Berrier

In this episode of Trust Issues, we speak to Christopher Berrier, manager of Brown Advisory US Smaller Companies, about the opportunity for investors in the US small-cap sector, including recent performance and why the US small-cap sector lends itself well to active management.

Trust Issues: the opportunity in UK small-caps with Rockwood Strategic manager Richard Staveley

In this episode of Trust Issues, we speak to Richard Staveley, manager of Rockwood Strategic, about the opportunity for investors in UK small-caps, including some of the key drivers behind Rockwood’s strong track record of outperformance.

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Why it pays to stay invested and ride out any downturns

Missing 20 best days in past 20 years could have cut final investment value by 43%.

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Digging for returns in natural resources

David Prosser considers opportunities in the commodities sector.

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AIC expands investment trust research for investors

Research from various providers is now available on the AIC’s website.

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Deciphering UK Equity Income: Insights from City of London investment trust manager

Job Curtis, manager of the City of London Investment Trust, covers various aspects of the UK market in this interview, including its outlook, impact on larger companies, and investment opportunities.

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Buybacks hit record highs

David Prosser on why share buybacks are good news for investors.

Thematic research

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

Keep It Slightly-unconventional, Stupid

22 May 2024

We argue a position in bonds should be diversified with alternatives.

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

15 May 2024

European growth may be more complicated, and positive, than we suspected.

REITs: Looking at UK office investments

15 May 2024

In this Hardman Talks, Mike Foster joins Larissa Adams to discuss office investments in the real estate sector.

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Big Broadcast: Middlefield – Warren Buffett is buying Canada, shouldn’t you?

Middlefield Canadian Income fund managers Dean Orrico and Rob Lauzon describe how Canada offers plenty of large, good value income stocks that are growing their dividends.
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AIC fears general election will delay cost disclosure reforms

The Association of Investment Companies says the delay is ‘frustrating’, while pensions minister Baroness Altmann confirms all new reforms will have to start from scratch.
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QD view – Signals turn green for real estate

Real estate is a cyclical market where timing is everything, and signals are starting to flash that the sector is primed to stage a recovery. Market data, company activity and macroeconomic events appear to be aligning to suggest that now is the time to invest in real estate. After months in the doldrums as values […]
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Peter Spiller: Infrastructure offers ‘fantastic returns’ and trusts are a big bargain

With the outlook for US equities and bonds generally poor, Capital Gearing fund manager says depressed investment company share prices provide the best scope for gains.
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Capital Gearing drops Juniper over discount control blunder

Annual report shows second year of sub-inflation returns from fund run by Peter Spiller, with its performance hampered by the temporary suspension of share buybacks.

Bankers

24 May 2024

Greater investment flexibility may boost returns.

NB Private Equity Partners

23 May 2024

Wider operating company EBITDA margins in 2023.

City of London Investment Trust

23 May 2024

Deciphering UK Equity Income: insights from City of London investment trust manager.

City of London Investment Trust

23 May 2024

Unlocking the investment potential of the UK.

Worldwide Healthcare Trust

23 May 2024

Innovation, innovation, innovation’ say the managers.

Aberforth Split Level Income Trust Plc - (Reissue - Amendment to US Disclaimer) Update on planned reconstruction and voluntary winding-up of the Company and further dividend

24/05/2024 - 18:50

Aberforth Split Level Income

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Transaction in Own Shares

24/05/2024 - 19:20

Greencoat Renewables PLC

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BlackRock Sustainable American Income Trust Plc - Transaction in Own Shares

24/05/2024 - 18:00

BlackRock Sustainable American Income

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Transaction in Own Shares

24/05/2024 - 19:00

Baronsmead Venture Trust PLC

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Transaction in Own Shares

24/05/2024 - 18:50

Baronsmead Second Venture Trust PLC

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