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
Edinburgh Worldwide IT PLC44.2977.58154.880.27805.82Buy
Ediston Property Investment Company PLC Ord 1P7.6217.51--1.82111.02Buy
Edinburgh Investment Tst plc-10.322.4934.08-11.25707.59Buy
El Oro Ord3.7250.90-15.40-22.9086.90Buy
Electra Private Equity plc Ord5.3283.18143.60-54.621,981.00Buy
Empiric Student Property PLC-18.79-4.52--20.42105.81Buy
Energiser Investments PLC-52.38-61.54-50.00-14.381.46Buy
Establishment Investment Trust13.6137.1020.57-17.00259.03Buy
European Assets Trust21.5142.58109.361.691,275.93Buy
F&C Capital & Income IT PLC Ord7.8528.9053.66-0.04313.11Buy
F&C Commercial Property2.7220.4475.290.99141.20Buy
F&C Global Smaller Companies2.9936.3079.65-4.151,371.99Buy
F&C Managed Portfolio Trust Growth14.1234.1171.190.77200.45Buy
F&C Managed Portfolio Trust Income3.7422.3951.821.01134.14Buy
F&C Private Equity Trust Ord15.3373.03114.86-5.81360.98Buy
F&C UK Real Estate Investments Limited Ord 1P6.9419.20114.42-0.86104.90Buy
F&C UK High Income Trust plc Ord 0.1P-0.7915.0738.94-6.40105.23Buy
F&C UK High Income Trust plc B Ord 0.1P-1.5321.1445.06-6.87105.23Buy
F&C UK High Income Trust plc Uts3.4819.1147.23-3.31420.92Buy
Fair Oaks Income Limited 2014 SHS NPV-----Buy
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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Baillie Gifford has been managing investment trusts since 1909. Our success has been built on finding good investment opportunities for clients through extensive independent research. Our fundamental analysis and judgement over the years have helped us to become one of the largest investment trust managers. Find out more about Baillie Gifford.

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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.