Focus on investment trusts

Investment trusts may need a little more research before taking the plunge, but their champions will tell you that going the extra mile can see investors reaping the benefits.

For an all-round guide to investment trusts, we have expert advice from industry insiders and even some tips to help you increase your returns.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Mon, 3rd September 2012 - 10:18

Fiona Hamilton identifies defensive and aggressive investment trusts set to shine from the European, Asian, emerging market, private equity and specialist trust sectors.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Fri, 31st August 2012 - 12:00

Fiona Hamilton introduces part one of Money Observer's selection of defensive and aggressive investment trusts set to shine over the next year, and quizzes the experts.

By: Cherry Reynard I Fri, 2nd December 2011 - 11:44

Efforts to narrow discounts and improve performance made 2011 a good year for investment trusts. What's next?

By: Heather Connon I Fri, 18th November 2011 - 18:32

By focusing a £100,000 portfolio on income growth rather than a high yield, you've a chance of beating inflation, reports Heather Connon.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Mon, 14th November 2011 - 10:13

A sharp deterioration in the economic outlook offers opportunities and dangers, finds Fiona Hamilton.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Fri, 4th November 2011 - 10:22

Don't be deceived by seemingly good returns achieved more through luck than design. Fiona Hamilton identifies the investment trust laggards.

By: Iain Murray I Fri, 28th October 2011 - 09:02

The macroeconomic outlook is "simply awful", says Jeremy Tigue, manager of Foreign & Colonial investment trust. But his trust's diversified portfolio shows there are still gains to be made.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Thu, 27th October 2011 - 09:22

Gold-mining companies seem undervalued given their falling costs and a rising gold price. Fiona Hamilton highlights trusts with big stakes.

By: Peter Temple I Wed, 2nd November 2011 - 10:40

The investment trust movement is a venerable one, with the oldest ones having started life in the 19th century, many of them set up by Scottish solicitors and accountants for the purpose of investing client funds abroad in a safe diversified way.

By: Ruth Emery I Wed, 26th October 2011 - 14:12

Fears over the impact of patent expiry appear to have been overblown, finds Ruth Emery, meaning the outlook for pharmaceutical - and particularly biotech - investors is looking bright.

By: Helen Pridham I Wed, 7th September 2011 - 09:27

A ban on fund commissions will raise the profile of trusts, but the thorny issue of performance fees could curb enthusiasm, writes Helen Pridham.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Tue, 6th September 2011 - 00:00

In the second part of our investment trust tips, we take a look at the ones experts have high hopes for.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Mon, 5th September 2011 - 10:53

In the first of a two-part look into the pick of the investment trusts, Fiona Hamilton outlines the trusts experts are cautiously optimistic over.

By: Faith Glasgow I Mon, 6th June 2011 - 10:20

With less need to worry about liquidity, investment trust managers can afford to choose more interesting and potentially rewarding holdings.

By: Fiona Hamilton I Wed, 15th June 2011 - 11:26

Four investment companies that navigated the financial crisis with aplomb continue to be highly rated by investors despite some recent lacklustre performance. Fiona Hamilton asks why and discovers alternative routes to accessing their managers' acumen.

Tue, 2nd August 2011 - 05:00

Aberdeen Asset Management has won the Premier Group award in the Money Observer Investment Trust Awards three years running. William Hemmings, head of investment companies, outlines the company’s ethos and his thoughts on the upcoming retail distribution review.

Tue, 2nd August 2011 - 05:00

Ed Beal, manager of the award-winning Dunedin Smaller Companies investment trust, reveals the secrets of his stock-picking success and why he thinks smaller companies are a suitable hunting ground for income investors.

By: Faith Glasgow I Thu, 22nd October 2009 - 17:30

If you're looking for a long-term home for your money, an investment trust could be right up your street, writes Faith Glasgow.

By: Cherry Reynard I Fri, 25th November 2011 - 10:36

The benefits of investment trusts are often overlooked, but they can make an ideal holding for any investor - is it time they played a bigger role in your portfolio?

By: Interactive Investor I Fri, 18th November 2011 - 09:45

If you're looking to gain a foothold in your knowledge of investment trusts, our introduction to this area of investing should set you well on your way...