Investment Trusts

Invest in shares, bonds, property and other assets with a trust that alligns itself to your  goal. Income growth, capital growth, dividend growth.

What is an Investment Trust?

Investment Trusts are listed companies that invest in the shares of other companies or fixed income securities, unquoted securities or property.

As a listed company its shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange and the share price is determined by demand and supply.

Buying Investment Trusts with us

  • Buy and sell Investment Trusts in your Trading Account, ISA and SIPP
  • Trade at our lowest share dealing rate in your first 3 months. See our rates & charges page. After that you'll move onto our Frequent or Standard rate based on your average number of monthly trades completed.
  • Our low cost dividend reinvestment service is available for a range of Investment Trusts, making it easy to build up the value of your holdings by automatically purchasing more shares in the investment trusts you hold. See our rates & charges page.
  • Gradually build up your holdings by setting up a regular investment from as little as £25 per month and avoid having to time the market and decide when's the best time to buy
  • Use our Quickrank Tool to find information, performance data and statistics about any of our 600+ Investment Trusts

Key features

  • When you purchase a share in an investment trust you are buying ‘an interest’ in all of the companies that the investment trust is invested in. This is known as the Net Asset Value (or NAV), normally expressed as a 'per share' figure.
  • The NAV per share is equal to the Net Assets / Number of shares in issue.
  • A premium is where the share price is above the NAV (the cost to purchase shares is above what the underlying investment is really worth).
  • A discount is where the share price is below the NAV (shares are cheaper than their net worth). This feature can increase the risk profile of investment trusts.
  • The dividend income will rise and fall in line performance of the shares which the investment trust owns and market forces.
  • A main tax advantage to an investment trust is that it can buy and sell shares in companies without incurring capital gains tax (you may incur a capital gains tax when selling the investment trust itself).
  • Some investment trust managers may use gearing to invest in good opportunities. Simply put, gearing means borrowing more money in addition to investors’ money.This can magnify gains when the manager makes the correct decisions, but can exacerbate losses if they get it wrong.
  • In most cases there will also be an Ongoing Charge payable to the Investment Trust Manager.
  • It may sometimes be difficult to sell an Investment Trust and access the capital invested in the short term. Before investing you should read the Prospectus for full details of the risks.

Which account do I need?

You can invest in Investment Trusts in an ISA, SIPP or Trading Account.

see which account is right for you
Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
Monks Investment Trust PLC36.62112.70157.713.25784.49Buy
Scottish American Investment Company PLC21.6373.0693.853.41362.62Buy
Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC38.3498.43208.272.39455.11Buy
3i Group Plc Ord35.26141.18358.5044.39652.00Buy
3i Group Plc Pref-----Buy
3i Infrastructure12.2966.58127.9915.25177.00Buy
AEW UK Long Lease REIT PLC Ord GBP0.01-----Buy
AXA Property Trust Limited Ord NPV-10.0037.8068.77-12.7864.49Buy
Aberdeen Diversified Income and Growth Trust Plc Ord 25p20.7114.0425.00-2.54127.23Buy
Aberdeen Asian Income Ord13.2426.9623.40-7.71238.38Buy
Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust PLC Ord 10p21.4952.0098.41-9.75742.41Buy
Aberdeen New India Investment Trust PLC Ord 25P24.8033.76104.57-11.67532.65Buy
Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Trust PLC Ord 50p41.8269.4499.39-17.51340.04Buy
Aberdeen Latin American Income Ltd Ord11.0431.11-10.49-12.6585.17Buy
Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc Ord26.9942.01114.82-12.591,576.56Buy
Aberdeen Frontier Markets Investment Company Limited Ord 1P-0.2212.8443.68-9.1969.65Buy
Aberdeen Emerging Markets Investment Company Limited Ord 1p NPV22.7548.3339.82-12.01736.46Buy
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC Ord 25p9.0217.1021.77-11.951,195.41Buy
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC Convertible Unsecured Loan Stock 20198.4519.9423.83--Buy
Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust PLC Ord 5p25.7745.4441.82-11.60278.27Buy
Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust PLC Ord 25p15.5828.9944.38-16.09679.29Buy
Aberdeen Private Equity Ltd GBP24.1174.32122.54-2.53148.25Buy
Aberforth Split Level Income Trust PLC ZDP 1P---7.60101.30Buy
Risk warning
The value of your investments and the income derived from them may go down as well as up. You may not get back all the money that you invest. The tax treatment of these products depends on the individual circumstances of each customer and may be subject to changes in future.

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How are they different to Funds?

Investment trusts are closed-ended companies. This means they have a fixed number of shares in issue, unlike Funds that are open-ended investment companies ('OEICs') or Unit Trusts. Investment Trusts are also listed companies and must have an independent board of directors that are obliged to answer to their shareholders.