Smaller Companies Trusts Lower Fund Fees

Morningstar fund analyst David Holder reveals which smaller companies investment trust is the most competitively priced and who is working hard to lower costs

David Holder 3 August, 2017 | 9:58AM

Fees remain in the fore front of our thinking on assessment of funds. It is a topical area and one that rightly looks set for ongoing scrutiny. Changes in fees can come about for many reasons such as enhanced competition, poor performance or for the assistance of investor transparency.

Two of our Morningstar Analyst Rated smaller companies close-end funds have amended their fee structure in the last six months. Montanaro UK Smaller Companies (MTU) has seen the annual management fee reduced from 0.85% to 0.5% effective April 2017 which we welcome.

The fund has seen some lacklustre performance recently and in 2016 levied an ongoing charge of 1.2% which compares unfavourably to the category median of 0.9%. 

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Aberforth Smaller Companies Ord889.00 GBX-0.11
BlackRock Smaller Companies Ord1,288.00 GBX1.42
BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc550.00 GBX0.00
Henderson Smaller Companies Ord757.00 GBX0.26
Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Ord105.25 GBX0.24
Standard Life UK Smaller Co. Ord476.00 GBX-0.83

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David Holder  is a senior investment research analyst at Morningstar

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