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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Meet the manager: Julian Bishop

Co-Lead Portfolio Manager of the Brunner Investment Trust.

Winterflood: An Introduction to Alternatives

Hear Winterflood investment trust analyst Elliott Hardy and David Stevenson discuss alternative investments in the investment trust space and what they may bring to portfolios.

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Is gearing good to go?

David Prosser explains how gearing can turbocharge a fund’s performance.

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Cost disclosure issue

AIC calls on Treasury to announce its decision urgently.

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Jewel in the crown

How Ian Cowie fell in love with Indian trusts.

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Why highly geared trusts are optimistic on UK markets

With the FTSE 100 hitting record highs, investment trusts with higher levels of gearing are well placed to take advantage of a UK stock market recovery.

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The Armchair Trader Podcast: Annabel Brodie-Smith explains the world of investment trusts

Host Stuart Fieldhouse is joined on this podcast episode by Annabel Brodie-Smith. Annabel explains the world of investment trusts for the complete beginner: what are investment trusts and why should you have them in your portfolio?

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Investment trusts on SDR and the anti-greenwashing rule

The AIC has collated comments from investment trusts on how SDR and the anti-greenwashing rule will impact them and the wider industry.

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Time to look close to home?

The UK market shows great promise for investors, says David Prosser.

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Investment trust recommendations for pension savers and retirees

Financial advisers suggest trusts for the accumulation and decumulation stages.

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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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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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