Investment Trusts

Investment Trusts as a portfolio diversification strategy

07 May 2015

First developed in the nineteenth century, an investment trust is incorporated as a public company and listed on the London Stock Exchange.  A type of collective or pooled investment fund, an investment trusts is a professionally managed fund which combines the money of a broad range of investors in a single investment vehicle. This pools costs and allows access to a wider range of investments than investors would generally be able to achieve individually. In short, investment trusts offer the advantage of a professional fund manager’s expertise and resources to help you achieve diversified access to the stockmarkets. But the diversification benefits of investment trusts don’t stop there.

“In addition to helping investors avoid the specific risks of investing in a single security, investment trusts also have the ability to invest in alternative asset classes, such as commercial property. For investors that have traditionally favoured stocks, bonds and cash, but in the low interest rate environment are seeking to diversify the asset mix within their portfolio, investment trusts could prove to be an interesting addition,” says Robin Stoakley, Head of UK Intermediary at Schroders

Investment trusts can also help you to achieve sector and geographical diversification, since each fund will have specific investment objectives that relate to a particular strategy, country, region, or industry.  For example, while some investment trusts are global, others focus on specific regions such as the UK and Asia. According to Robin Stoakley, Head of UK Intermediary at Schroders, “one advantage that investment trusts offer is that they can be  specialist, giving investors exposure to a particular asset or sector that they find difficult to access elsewhere, or too risky to invest in directly.” Of course, each sector and region carries its own investment risks and it’s important that investors consider these before investing.

Determining which fund is best suited to your needs will depend on the current composition of your portfolio, the level of risk you are prepared to take, as well as your investment objectives, goals and time horizon. So, if you are thinking about using investment trusts as part of a diversification strategy, speak to your financial adviser. If you do not currently have a Financial Adviser, you can find one near you by visiting

Please remember that the value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and you may not get back the amounts originally invested. 

Schroders launched its first investment trust in 1924 and our range provides investors with access to a range of nine distinctive investment opportunities including: UK and Japanese equities, Pan-Asian equities and property.

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Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amounts originally invested.  Exchange rate changes may cause the value of any overseas investments to rise or fall.

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