Aberdeen Frontier Markets – Incentivised to perform
Aberdeen Frontier Markets - Incentivised to perform

Aberdeen Frontier Markets – Incentivised to perform is QuotedData’s latest update note on this frontier markets fund Mark Gordon-James, manager of Aberdeen Frontier Markets (AFMC), has made a material personal investment in the trust, and therefore has shared in the pain experienced by AFMC’s shareholders as the fund has underperformed a falling benchmark index. He […]

India Capital growth – Shakeout uncovers value
India Capital Growth - Shakeout uncovers value

India Capital growth – Shakeout uncovers value is QuotedData’s latest update note on this Indian small and mid-cap focused investment company. The Indian stock market slid in September, extending its run of losses in 2018, and has seesawed since. Higher oil prices fed through into inflation concerns; rising interest rates; a fall in the exchange […]

CQS New City High yield – Escalators do not go to the sky!
CQS New City High Yield - Escalators do not go to the sky!

CQS New City High yield – Escalators do not go to the sky! Ian “Franco” Francis, the manager of CQS New City High Yield (NCYF), says that although markets seem buoyant, investors should be warier than they are. He sums this up with a quote from his former boss, who cautioned him by saying “Escalators […]

QuotedData’s economic roundup – November 2018

QuotedData’s economic roundup – November 2018 is a collation of recent insights on markets and economies taken from the comments made by chairmen and investment managers of investment companies – have a read and make your own minds up. Please remember that nothing in this note is designed to encourage you to buy or sell any […]

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – November 2018

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – November 2018 is our latest roundup of news; price, NAV and discount movements; flows in and out of the sector and report on full year dividends announced over the month of October 2018. Kindly sponsored by Baillie Gifford. Winners and losers in October In what was generally a miserable month for equity markets, Brazil shone […]

Pacific Horizon – Pause for breath?
Pacific Horizon - Pause for breath?

Pacific Horizon – Pause for breath? After two years of strong performance, Pacific Horizon (PHI) has suffered a reversal of fortune over the last three months. Sentiment swung against both China and the technology sector (both significant portfolio weights for PHI), with savage share price falls in some areas. However, it is possible that this reversal of […]

Sareum Holdings – TYKing the boxes
Sareum Holdings - TYKing the boxes

Sareum Holdings – TYKing the boxes Sareum Holdings’ (Sareum’s) investment case centres on the development of a therapy for the treatment of solid tumours (SRA737, a Chk1 inhibitor – see page 6 for an explanation) and the potential licensing of internally-generated candidates for the treatment of autoimmune disease and cancer (TYK2/JAK1 inhibitors –see page 8). […]

IPO: The Global Sustainability Trust – “Creating a better world”
The Global Sustainability Trust - "Creating a better world"

IPO: The Global Sustainability Trust – “Creating a better world” – The Global Sustainability Trust Plc (GSTR) is a new investment trust that aims to access investments that are creating a better world. GSTR’s primary focus will be on unlisted/unquoted private market investments (see page 5). GSTR’s manager can draw on the resources of Aberdeen Standard […]

The North American Income Trust – Reasons to be cheerful
The North American Income Trust - Reasons to be cheerful

The North American Income Trust – Reasons to be cheerful Investors in the US may be preoccupied by a possible trade war with China and rising interest rates but the manager of North American Income Trust (NAIT) is relatively upbeat. He points out that the US economy is doing better than most other developed economies; […]

Shires Income – Sustainable high yield
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Shires Income – Sustainable high yield Within the universe of UK equity income investment trusts, Shires Income (SHRS) stands out from the herd. It sets out to offer investors a meaningfully higher dividend yield than UK equity markets and aims to make this sustainable by diversifying the fund’s sources of income. SHRS also makes use of the […]

Quarterly Investment Companies Roundup – Third Quarter 2018
Quarterly Investment Companies Roundup – Third Quarter 2018

Quarterly Investment Companies Roundup – Third Quarter 2018 Global equities delivered positive returns over the third quarter of 2018.  This was principally because of strength in the US market. Political uncertainty and concerns about global trade held back other regions. Generally, government bond yields rose over the quarter. The UK equity market fell as the Bank of […]

Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure – Staying nimble
Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure - Staying nimble

Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure – Staying nimble Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure Trust (EGL) is two years old. The period since its launch has been one in which utilities and infrastructure have faced significant headwinds from rising interest rates and investors’ focus on growth stocks. Despite this, it has thrived. EGL’s manager has been nimble, […]

QuotedData’s Economic round up – October 2018
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QuotedData’s Economic round up – October 2018 is a collation of recent insights on markets and economies taken from the comments made by chairmen and investment managers of investment companies – have a read and make your own minds up. Please remember that nothing in this note is designed to encourage you to buy or […]

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – October 2018
QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – October 2018

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – October 2018 is our latest roundup of news; price, NAV and discount movements; flows in and out of the sector and report on full year dividends announced over the month of August 2018. Kindly sponsored by Baillie Gifford. Money raised and returned in September Trian Investors 1 is a new fund that will adopt […]

Aberdeen New Dawn – Market setback creates opportunities
Aberdeen New Dawn - Market setback creates opportunities

Aberdeen New Dawn – Market setback creates opportunities Aberdeen New Dawn (ABD) has been using recent falls in Asian markets to reduce its underweight exposure to China (Chinese stocks dominate ABD’s benchmark). The manager has become more comfortable with the Chinese market (see page 13) and has demonstrated its ability to pick stocks, delivering strong outperformance from […]

Henderson Diversified Income Trust – ‘Winter is coming’

Henderson Diversified Income Trust – ‘Winter is coming’ The managers of Henderson Diversified Income (HDIV) are increasingly cautious on markets. Co-manager, John Pattullo, went as far as to quote the famous “Winter is coming” line from ‘Game of Thrones’ in his latest blogpost. Not only are HDIV’s managers convinced that the upward phase of this […]

Seneca Global Income & Growth – Mind the (inflation) gap!
SIGT : Seneca Global Income & Growth - Mind the (inflation) gap!

Seneca Global Income & Growth – Mind the (inflation) gap! Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust’s (SIGT’s) manager, is gradually reducing the trust’s equity weighting over the next couple of years, in advance of a global recession it expects in 2020. Consistent with its view, the recent trend in developed economies has been one of falling […]

CEIBA Investments – Unique access to Cuba
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CEIBA Investments – Unique access to Cuba CEIBA Investments Limited (CBA) is an existing investment company focused on real estate investments in Cuba, with a pre-IPO NAV of $175m (approximately £135m). CBA is the pre-eminent foreign investor in Cuban property. Its directors believe there is a window of opportunity to invest in expanding its portfolio […]

QuotedData’s Economic round up – September 2018
QuotedData’s Economic round up – November 2018

QuotedData’s Economic round up – September 2018 is a collation of recent insights on markets and economies taken from the comments made by chairmen and investment managers of investment companies – have a read and make your own minds up. Please remember that nothing in this note is designed to encourage you to buy or sell […]

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – September 2018
QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – October 2018

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – September 2018 is our latest roundup of news; price, NAV and discount movements; flows in and out of the sector and report on full year dividends announced over the month of August 2018. Kindly sponsored by Baillie Gifford. Money raised and returned in August GRIT Real Estate Income floated on the UK Stock Exchange in […]

John Laing Environmental Assets – Diversification benefits shine through

John Laing Environmental Assets – Diversification benefits shine through The UK’s record-breaking summer has been good news for solar power but funds focused exclusively on wind have been faced with fairly low wind speeds. Of course, this situation may well reverse over the winter. John Laing Environmental Assets Group (JLEN) offers renewable energy investors the most diverse […]

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust – Vision, execution and adaptability
BlackRock Throgmorton Trust - Vision, execution and adaptability

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust – Vision, execution and adaptability Dan Whitestone, manager of BlackRock Throgmorton Trust (THRG), has a dual-pronged approach to selecting investments that involves identifying what he describes as “high- quality differentiated companies” and companies driving industry change. Dan looks for management teams with vision, the ability to execute according to that vision and […]

CG Asset Management – Focus on absolute returns
CGT : CG Asset Management - Focus on absolute returns

CG Asset Management – Focus on absolute returns The CG Asset Management (CGAM) team’s focus on medium-to-long-term absolute returns, coupled with its excellent track record has attracted a loyal following of investors. This note describes: CGAM’s business; its investment approach; and two of its absolute return funds: Capital Gearing Trust CG Absolute Return Fund Manager […]

Jupiter Emerging and Frontier Income – Off to a great start
Jupiter Emerging and Frontier Income - Off to a great start

Jupiter Emerging and Frontier Income (JEFI) is a little over a year old and appears to have got off to a great start. During its short life to date it has delivered returns ahead of benchmark indices and competing investment companies. It has met the 4% dividend distribution target it set out in its prospectus […]

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – August 2018
QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – October 2018

QuotedData’s investment companies roundup – August 2018 is our latest roundup of news; price, NAV and discount movements; flows in and out of the sector and report on full year dividends announced over the month of July 2018. Kindly sponsored by Baillie Gifford. Money raised and returned in July Tritax EuroBox raised its maximum target of £300 million in an […]

QuotedData’s Economic round up – August 2018
QuotedData’s Economic round up – August 2018

QuotedData’s Economic round up – August 2018 is a collation of recent insights on markets and economies taken from the comments made by chairmen and investment managers of investment companies – have a read and make your own minds up. Please remember that nothing in this note is designed to encourage you to buy or sell […]

Strategic Equity Capital – Confident despite short term setback

Strategic Equity Capital – Confident despite short term setback – After a strong period of performance in 2017, when Strategic Equity Capital (SEC) beat a strong small cap index by 6%, 2018 has proved more problematic. Short-term performance has been impacted by stock specific price weakness within SEC’s concentrated portfolio (see pages 5-6). SEC’s managers are long-term […]

International biotechnology – Outperformance and income
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Under the leadership of its manager, Carl Harald Janson, International Biotechnology Trust (IBT) is building a track record of outperformance of both its benchmark, the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index and the average of its peer group (see page 13 of this note for the figures).

The biotech sector, which IBT focuses on, benefits from long term structural growth drivers (listed on page 3) such as ageing populations in the developed world and an emerging middle class in developing markets. After a weak start in 2018, the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index has now recovered. The manager believes that the “American Patients First” document released by the US government on May 11 reduced investors’ concerns over drug pricing.

Quarterly Investment Companies Roundup – Second Quarter 2018
Quarterly Investment Companies Roundup – Second Quarter 2018

QUARTERLY INVESTMENT COMPANIES ROUNDUP – SECOND QUARTER 2018 Global equities markets rose in the second quarter of 2018, Markets were volatile, as positive economic data and encouraging company performances played off against geopolitical concerns. Yields from bond markets rose early in the quarter but fell back as investors turned to ‘safer’ investments. The threat of […]

Standard Life Private Equity Trust – Putting capital to work
Standard Life Private Equity Trust - Putting capital to work

Standard Life Private Equity Trust – Putting capital to work – Following on from last year’s compelling returns (an NAV total return of 14.9% and share price total return of 31.9%), Standard Life Private Equity’s (SLPE’s) recent results show a modest NAV total return of 1.5%, over the six months to 31 March 2018. This is […]