Investment trusts, savings vehicles that have been around since the Victorian era, like funds (open-ended investment companies) are a type of pooled investment that invest in a 'basket' of underlying assets such as equities, bonds or property, but unlike funds are listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Funds and Trusts Beginner's Guides
Kyle Caldwell reveals the warning signs investors must look out for if to avoid one of the many dud funds on offer.
In-house trust savings schemes still appeal to many, but wider choice and lower charges can often be found elsewhere.
We look at the nuts and bolts of ETFs, what they aim to achieve and how they have become more sophisticated and nuanced.
Any alteration in a fund's remit should be pause for thought for an investor, but it is not necessarily a signal to cut and run.
Andrew Summers at Investec outlines some tips on how to read a fund factsheet and access other information readily available online.
Passive alternatives to active investment funds, like index trackers and ETFs, have subtleties all potential investors should be fully aware of.
Venture capital trusts (VCTs) are collective funds that take stakes in small companies that investors would generally regard as high-risk (with gross assets of no more than £15 million), and that have been hard pressed to access funding in the absence of bank lending over recent years.
VCT shareholders get a variety of generous tax breaks in return for committing their cash to those high-risk investments.
Investors are far more ethically aware than ever before, but they still need to know what to look for in their investment.