What is an investment trust? - J.P. Morgan Asset Management
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What is an investment trust?

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Remember, the value of your investments and the income from them can go down and up, and you may not get back as much as you paid in.

THE BENEFITS OF INVESTMENT TRUSTS

An investment trust is a public listed company. It’s designed to generate profits for its shareholders by investing in the shares of other companies.
Shares in investment trusts are traded on the London Stock Exchange so investors can buy and sell from the market, rather than dealing with a fund management company.

Closed-ended

An investment trust has a fixed number of shares. The fund manager can invest and sell assets when they feel the time is right; not when investors join or leave a fund. It also means the underlying capital investment base is relatively stable.

Competitive pricing

Investment trusts usually have smaller operating costs than Funds also known as OEICs (Open Ended Investment Companies) so their charges are generally lower.

Borrowing powers

Investment trusts can borrow money (known as gearing) to take advantage of investment opportunities. Borrowing can increase the returns for shareholders, but if the assets fall in value, it can also increase the potential for losses.

Governance

Every investment trust has an independent board of directors. They’re responsible for safeguarding shareholder interests.

Income

Investment trusts can retain up to 15% of their income in any year (see video below). This can be used to supplement income in future years.

Shareholder rights

When you invest in an investment trust you become a shareholder in that company. This gives you the right to vote on issues such as the appointment of directors or changes to the investment policy.

Investment Trust Terminology Explained

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Gearing

Income

Discounts and Premiums

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