Should You Ever Buy an Investment Trust at a Premium?

Investment trusts on hefty premiums might pay a decent income, but investors may do better to look for bargain trusts trading at a discount

Holly Black 29 May, 2019 | 2:54PM

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When investment trusts are in demand their price goes up – but is it ever worth paying over the odds to invest in a top trust?

At least 38 investment trusts are trading at a premium of 4% or more to their net asset value, according to Morningstar data. Typically, trusts trade at a premium when they are firmly in favour with investors – this can be for any number of reasons: the region or sector the trust focuses on may be in fashion, the trust may pay a higher-than-average income, be run by a well-rated manager or have had a strong run of performance. 

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
3i Ord863.40 GBX3.60
Amedeo Air Four Plus34.00 GBX0.00
Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Ord193.40 GBX1.68
Bluefield Solar Income Fund130.00 GBX-1.14
Doric Nimrod Air Three Ord35.00 GBX0.00
Doric Nimrod Air Two Ord63.00 GBX0.00
Greencoat UK Wind144.00 GBX0.28
Hannan Metals Ltd0.40 CAD2.60
Hansa Trust Ord161.00 GBX0.63
Lindsell Train Ord1,230.00 GBP0.00
LMS Capital Ord32.70 GBX-0.30
New Star Investment Trust Ord106.50 GBX0.47
NextEnergy Solar Ord108.00 GBX0.75
RIT Capital Partners Ord1,830.00 GBX0.44

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor,

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