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.

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Keep those costs down

David Prosser explores how picking investment trusts for your ISA can lower the costs of investing.


VCTs: deployment slows in challenging environment but holds up better than wider venture capital industry

See manager views on deal pipeline and significant investments in 2023.


Investment companies for India

David Prosser on why it could be time for trusts investing in India to shine.


Sailing into space

Ian Cowie explores the investment trusts with exposure to space tech.

VCTs: would Labour winning the next election make any difference to VCTs?

Andrew Bloxam, Ian McLennan and Nic Pillow on whether a Labour win in the next election would make a difference to VCTs.

VCTs: What economic and social benefits do VCTs provide?

Annabel Brodie-Smith asks managers what social and economic benefits VCTs provide.

VCTs: Which types of companies are you investing in now and why?

Fund managers from Foresight Group, Triple Point and Blackfinch on which companies they are investing in now and why.

VCTs: How is the trading environment for your portfolio companies?

A panel of VCT managers discuss the trading environment for their portfolio companies.

VCTs: how has VCT fundraising been in this challenging economic environment?

Annabel Brodie-Smith discusses VCT fundraising with Andrew Bloxam, Ian McLennan and Nic Pillow.

VCTs: market trends, opportunities and outlook

Comments from Foresight Group which manages the Foresight Technology VCT, Triple Point which manages Triple Point Venture VCT, and Blackfinch which manages Blackfinch Spring VCT.


Simon Elliott and Will Fraser-Allen elected to AIC board

Gordon Humphries elected AIC Chair.


Chinese New Year

Investment trust managers on the outlook for China in the Year of the Dragon.

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.


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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