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BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Growth Portfolio

Higher exposure to more defensive funds

Review | Investment trusts | 16 Nov 2018

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust (BMPT), which changed its name from F&C Managed Portfolio Trust on 9 November 2018, has a unique structure comprising two discrete portfolios investing in closed-end funds: BMPI, which aims to generate an attractive and growing level of income, with some capital growth, and BMPG, which aims to generate capital growth. Any income generated by BMPG is transferred to BMPI in exchange for an equivalent amount of capital. Manager Peter Hewitt notes that BMPI’s Q119 dividend is 3.8% higher year on year, and as previously announced, barring unforeseen circumstances, the board expects the regular annual dividend to be at least 5.85p per share (5.70p in FY18). For BMPG, the manager says the portfolio offers exposure to well-managed funds, with strong performance records and secular long-term growth characteristics. Given the manager’s near-term caution on equity markets, he has been increasing the more defensive exposures in both BMPI and BMPG.

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Income Portfolio

Higher exposure to more defensive funds

Review | Investment trusts | 16 Nov 2018

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust (BMPT), which changed its name from F&C Managed Portfolio Trust on 9 November 2018, has a unique structure comprising two discrete portfolios investing in closed-end funds: BMPI, which aims to generate an attractive and growing level of income, with some capital growth, and BMPG, which aims to generate capital growth. Any income generated by BMPG is transferred to BMPI in exchange for an equivalent amount of capital. Manager Peter Hewitt notes that BMPI’s Q119 dividend is 3.8% higher year on year, and as previously announced, barring unforeseen circumstances, the board expects the regular annual dividend to be at least 5.85p per share (5.70p in FY18). For BMPG, the manager says the portfolio offers exposure to well-managed funds, with strong performance records and secular long-term growth characteristics. Given the manager’s near-term caution on equity markets, he has been increasing the more defensive exposures in both BMPI and BMPG.

F&C Investment Trust

Still going strong after 150 years

Review | Investment trusts | 04 Sep 2018

F&C Investment Trust (FCIT) is the world's oldest investment trust and has a distinguished dividend history. The fund is on course for its 48th consecutive year of dividend increases and an annual distribution has been paid in each of the 150 years since FCIT was launched in 1868. Paul Niven has managed the trust since 2014 and has continued to build on FCIT's long-term record of outperformance versus its benchmark. Helped by another period of good relative performance in H118, the trust's share price total return has now outperformed the FTSE All-World index total return over the last one, three, five and 10 years. Although equities have performed well in recent years, the manager believes there is potential for further upside, supported by corporate earnings growth.

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Income Portfolio

Celebrating 10 years since launch

Review | Investment trusts | 21 May 2018

F&C Managed Portfolio Trust (FMPT) has a differentiated structure comprising two listed portfolios: income (FMPI) and growth (FMPG). The trust is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and both portfolios have outperformed the benchmark FTSE All-Share index over three and 10 years, while FMPG has also outperformed over one and five years. Any income generated by FMPG is transferred to FMPI in exchange for an equal amount of capital, boosting their respective capital growth and income prospects. FMPI and FMPG have recently changed their Association of Investment Companies (AIC) classifications from the Global Equity Income and Global sectors respectively, to the Flexible Investment sector, which the manager says is a more relevant peer group. FMPI has grown its annual dividend regularly since 2012 and is currently yielding 4.0%.

F&C Investment Trust

Happy birthday, F&C Investment Trust

Update | Investment trusts | 19 Mar 2018

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust (FRCL) is the oldest investment trust and is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Dividends have been paid every year since the fund was launched and 2017 marked the 47th consecutive annual increase. The board has proposed a subtle change in the name of the trust to F&C Investment Trust and this will be voted on at the April 2018 AGM. FRCL offers investors a diversified ‘one-stop-shop' for investment in both listed and unlisted global equities. The trust had a strong set of results in FY17, with most of its underlying strategies outperforming their respective benchmarks. In terms of NAV and share price total return, FRCL is outperforming its benchmark over one, three and five years (its share price is also outperforming over 10 years).

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Income Portfolio

FMPT - Unique fund structure offering income and growth.

Review | Investment trusts | 27 Oct 2017

F&C Managed Portfolio Trust (FMPT) is an investment trust with a differentiated structure. It consists of two listed investment portfolios: an income portfolio (FMPI) and a growth portfolio (FMPG). A unique feature of FMPT is that income generated by FMPG is transferred to FMPI in exchange for capital, boosting the income prospects of FMPI and the potential capital growth prospects for FMPG. Although both listed portfolios are benchmarked against the FTSE All-Share index, the manager follows an unconstrained investment approach, with each portfolio generally holding c 40 investment companies. Both FMPI and FMPG have outperformed the benchmark over one, three and five years (to 30 September) and since they were launched in April 2008. FMPI's annual dividend has increased every year since 2012; its current yield is 3.9%.

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Growth Portfolio

Unique fund structure offering income and growth

Review | Investment trusts | 27 Oct 2017

F&C Managed Portfolio Trust (FMPT) is an investment trust with a differentiated structure. It consists of two listed investment portfolios: an income portfolio (FMPI) and a growth portfolio (FMPG). A unique feature of FMPT is that income generated by FMPG is transferred to FMPI in exchange for capital, boosting the income prospects of FMPI and the potential capital growth prospects for FMPG. Although both listed portfolios are benchmarked against the FTSE All-Share index, the manager follows an unconstrained investment approach, with each portfolio generally holding c 40 investment companies. Both FMPI and FMPG have outperformed the benchmark over one, three and five years (to 30 September) and since they were launched in April 2008. FMPI's annual dividend has increased every year since 2012; its current yield is 3.9%.

F&C Investment Trust

Distinguished dividend history

Review | Investment trusts | 04 Sep 2017

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust (FRCL) is the world’s oldest investment fund, heading towards its 150th birthday. Since 2014, it has been managed by Paul Niven, aiming to generate long-term growth in capital and income from a very broad portfolio of primarily listed global equities, although c 7.5% is invested in private equity. The manager is benchmark aware, but takes active positions versus the index allocations. FRCL has a progressive dividend policy; the board has proposed another annual dividend increase for FY17, which will be the 47th consecutive year. The trust’s NAV has outperformed its benchmark over one, three and 10 years, while performing broadly in line over five years.

BMO Managed Portfolio Trust Income Portfolio

Diverse exposure with income and growth options

Initiation | Investment trusts | 22 Mar 2017

F&C Managed Portfolio Trust (FMPT), launched in 2008, comprises two listed investment portfolios o an income portfolio (FMPI) and a growth portfolio (FMPG) o this is a differentiated structure for an investment trust. These portfolios provide investors with a long-term savings vehicle. Both portfolios hold at least 25 investments (currently concentrated portfolios of c 40 investment companies); they are benchmarked against the FTSE All-Share index, however, there are no maximum levels set for underlying exposures to geographic regions or sectors. A unique feature of FMPT is that any net income generated by FMPG is transferred to FMPI in exchange for capital, which benefits the income prospects for FMPI and potential capital growth prospects for FMPG. NAV total returns for both portfolios have outperformed the benchmark over one, three and five years.

F&C Investment Trust

Broad exposure to capital and income growth

Review | Investment trusts | 07 Dec 2016

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust (FRCL) is the oldest collective investment fund in the world, dating back to 1868. Manager Paul Niven aims to generate long-term growth in capital and income by investing in a range of focused strategies run both by BMO Global Asset Management and external managers. The portfolio is diversified by geography, sector and style; the trust is overweight Europe ex-UK and emerging markets, and underweight North America. FRCL also invests in private equity. Gearing of up to 20% of net assets is permitted. FRCL has a progressive dividend policy; the annual dividend has increased in each of the last 45 consecutive years and, following the repayment of a longstanding debenture at the end of 2014, interest costs have declined meaningfully.

Jupiter US Smaller Companies

Small-cap growth with value discipline

Initiation | Investment trusts | 03 Jun 2016

Jupiter US Smaller Companies (JUS) is a specialist small- and mid-cap fund focused on the US market. It has been managed since 2001 by Robert Siddles (as F&C US Smaller Companies until both manager and trust transferred to Jupiter Asset Management in early 2014). The manager has a strong valuation focus and seeks to invest in companies that have a good franchise, significant inside ownership, high free cash flow, pricing power and at least 50% share price upside. While US market performance has been led by large-cap and growth stocks in recent years, JUS has a solid long-term track record (annualised returns of c 7-8% over 10 years in both share price and NAV terms) and proven defensive characteristics in volatile markets.

F&C Investment Trust

Global growth in capital and income

Update | Investment trusts | 15 Mar 2016

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust (FRCL) is a large, globally diversified fund investing directly and through funds in listed and private equity; external managers are used for some strategies. Performance in 2015 was strong and to the end of February 2016, NAV total returns were ahead of the benchmark over one, three, five and 10 years. A narrowing of the discount in 2015 added to share price total returns. The announced 2015 dividend of 9.6p represents the 45th consecutive annual increase.