What is an Investment Trust?
Investment Trusts are listed companies that invest in the shares of other companies or fixed income securities, unquoted securities or property.
As a listed company its shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange and the share price is determined by demand and supply. Watch our short video to find out more.
Buying Investment Trusts with TD
Buy and sell Investment Trusts in your TD Trading Account, ISA and SIPP
Trade on our £5.95 online share dealing rate in your first three months. See our rates & charges page. After the 3 months we’ll move you onto our Active (£5.95), Frequent (£8.95) or Standard (£12.50) rate depending on how often you trade
Our dividend reinvestment service is available for a range of Investment Trusts, making it easy to build up the value of your holdings by automatically purchasing more shares in the investment trusts you hold for just £1.50 commission.
Gradually build up your holdings by setting up a regular investment from as little as £25 per month and avoid having to time the market and decide when's the best time to buy.
Use our Quickrank Tool to find information, performance data and statistics about any of our 600+ Investment Trusts.
Most popular Investment Trusts
Most bought by TD customers in February 2017
|Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust||View report||Invest now|
|Blackrock World Mining Trust||View report||Invest now|
|Temple Bar Investment Trust||View report||Invest now|
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|Bankers Investment Trust||View report||Invest now|
|Primary Health Properties (REIT)||View report||Invest now|
|Hansteen Holdings (REIT)||View report||Invest now|
|Merchants Trust||View report||Invest now|
|Polar Capital Technology Trust||View report||Invest now|
|City of London Investment Trust||View report||Invest now|
Our most popular investments trusts should not be taken as a personal recommendation to buy or sell a particular investment. Instead it is simply an indication of the general buying and selling trends of our customers observed in the period stated.
- When you purchase a share in an investment trust you are buying ‘an interest’ in all of the companies that the investment trust is invested in. This is known as the Net Asset Value (or NAV), normally expressed as a 'per share' figure.
- The NAV per share is equal to the Net Assets / Number of shares in issue.
- A premium is where the share price is above the NAV (the cost to purchase shares is above what the underlying investment is really worth).
- A discount is where the share price is below the NAV (shares are cheaper than their net worth). This feature can increase the risk profile of investment trusts.
- The dividend income will rise and fall in line performance of the shares which the investment trust owns and market forces.
- A main tax advantage to an investment trust is that it can buy and sell shares in companies without incurring capital gains tax (you may incur a capital gains tax when selling the investment trust itself).
- Some investment trust managers may use gearing to invest in good opportunities. Simply put, gearing means borrowing more money in addition to investors’ money.This can magnify gains when the manager makes the correct decisions, but can exacerbate losses if they get it wrong.
- In most cases there will also be an Ongoing Charge payable to the Investment Trust Manager.
- It may sometimes be difficult to sell an Investment Trust and access the capital invested in the short term. Before investing you should read the Prospectus for full details of the risks.
The value of your investments and the income derived from them may go down as well as up. You may not get back all the money that you invest. The tax treatment of these products depends on the individual circumstances of each customer and may be subject to changes in future.
A percentage of the value of your investment may be charged by the Investment Trust provider. To view these charges (Ongoing Charges), please refer to the Investment Trust Search Tool.
Which TD account do I need?
You can invest in Investment Trusts with a TD ISA, TD SIPP or TD Trading Account.See which account is right for you