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Investment Trust Watch: Europe & Japan trusts shine

by Daniel Grote on Sep 23, 2016 at 14:10

It was a strong week for Japanese and European investment trusts, but some of them still look 'cheap'.

AIM to cut tax with these stock and fund picks

by David Kempton on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:52

Experienced private investor David Kempton is confident enough about markets to take advantage of tax breaks for AIM funds and stocks.

Investment Trust Watch: did SVG just get out of jail?

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 16, 2016 at 15:59

It's been an eventful week for investment trust share prices following the hostile £1 billion bid for SVG Capital on Monday.

Mark Mobius: 'beggar-thy-neighbour' economics hurts us all

by Mark Mobius on Sep 12, 2016 at 07:00

Policies of negative interest rates undermine confidence in the financial system, says former manager of Templeton Emerging Markets.

Investment Trust Watch: 'New Japan', emerging bargains

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 09, 2016 at 14:39

A short-term opportunity in Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon and a longer-term opportunity in emerging markets trusts on offer this week.

Investment Trust Watch: FTSE calls Scottish Mortgage

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 02, 2016 at 17:35

A post-referendum rally leaves popular £4 billion global fund knocking on the door of the FTSE 100 index.

Baillie Gifford trims fees in funds vs trusts battle

by Gavin Lumsden on Sep 02, 2016 at 14:07

Is a tiny cut in fees on Baillie Gifford Japan and Edinburgh Worldwide enough to make the investment trusts cheaper than open-ended funds?

Investment Trust Watch: tiny Aurora's big 'discount'

by Gavin Lumsden on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:28

Is Aurora the cheapest investment trust on the planet? The UK's former worst-performing fund is certainly one of the most interesting.

Pensions need managing not 'fat cat' dividend cuts

by Gavin Lumsden on Aug 17, 2016 at 15:17

Should companies cut dividends to shore up their pension schemes? No, there are other things they should do first.

Investment Trust Watch: small cap trusts look 'cheap'

by Daniel Grote on Aug 12, 2016 at 16:29

Diverse Income and River and Mercantile Micro Cap both look 'cheap' in the aftermath of the 'Brexit' vote.

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