Edward Marten

Edward Marten

Edward Marten is MD of investor research company QuotedData. They provide free information for investors who find it hard to access high-quality, reliable, equity research on UK and European-listed companies. This is a QuotedData release.

International Biotechnology Trust

International Biotechnology Trust

Trust in biotech The biotechnology sector is proving to be relatively resilient in this COVID-19 related market sell-off. International Biotechnology Trust (IBT) adopts a conservative approach to investing in what can be a quite volatile, if rewarding, sector. It has fared better than competing funds in this environment... Read more...

Herald Investment Trust – Change is a coming

Following an excellent year of performance during 2019 (a net asset value (NAV) total return of 27.5%), Herald Investment Trust (HRI) has seen its discount widen and the value of its portfolio companies fall since the outbreak of covid-19.... Read more As authorities scramble to contain the virus, our lives...

CG Asset Management – More than a port in a storm

CG Asset Management – More than a port in a storm

It is often said that markets climb a wall of worry, but there are times when investors panic and run for the exits. In such an environment, the attractions of funds which are defensively positioned and managed by an experienced team, with an investment ethos based on an assessment of...

Premier Global Infrastructure Trust – Don’t stop me now

Premier Global Infrastructure Trust – Don’t stop me now

A much-improved 2019, helped by lower interest rate expectations, translated into 38.3% gains for Premier Global Infrastructure Trust (PGIT) ordinary shareholders. Before the covid-19 panic caused markets to stumble, PGIT was having a strong start to 2020 as well, with the shares hitting 147p on 21 February... Read more In...

Investment Companies Roundup – March 2020

Investment Companies Roundup – March 2020

As part of our commitment to providing Investment Research, we have published our regular monthly update on the Global Economy & Listed Investment Companies. New research Initiation note on Montanaro UK Smaller Companies TrustAnnual overview note on Aberdeen Emerging MarketsUpdate note on Polar Capital Global FinancialsAnnual overview on Aberdeen New Dawn...

Real Estate Roundup – March 2020

Real Estate Roundup – March 2020

In this issue Performance - Property stocks tumbled in February as fears over the spread of Covid-19 spooked financial markets around the world and resulted in the largest sell-off since the 2008 financial crisis.  There were just four UK-listed property companies that saw their share prices rise in February, however...

Economic & Political Roundup – Mar 2020

Economic & Political Roundup – Mar 2020

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 of...

Montanaro UK Smaller Companies – Reputation restored

Montanaro UK Smaller Companies – Reputation restored

Following the return of Charles Montanaro as manager in 2016, Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Trust (MTU) has rebuilt its long-term record of outperformance of its benchmark over the last three and a half years. A strong uplift in net asset value (NAV) during the second half of 2019 (helped by...

Aberdeen Emerging Markets – Focused on returns

Aberdeen Emerging Markets – Focused on returns

The managers of Aberdeen Emerging Markets (AEMC) are optimistic about the prospects for the company. Strong performance last year has not yet translated into a reduction in the discount that the share price trades at relative to the asset value, but if outperformance can be maintained, this should follow in...

Polar Capital Global Financials Trust – New lease of life

Polar Capital Global Financials Trust – New lease of life

As we approach the seventh anniversary of Polar Capital Global Financials Trust (PCFT)’s launch, its directors are proposing that the company continues beyond its planned wind-up date. A decade after the financial crisis, the sector, and banks in particular, remain out of favour. The problem is compounded for UK-based investors...

Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust

Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust

Adding value in cautious times Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust (SLI) has a long-term track record of market-beating returns achieved by investing in a diverse portfolio of commercial property in the UK. Minimal retail holdings and a bias to industrial property have proved beneficial to the fund. However, its...

Real Estate Roundup – February 2020

Real Estate Roundup – February 2020

The sluggish start to the year for listed property companies is hardly surprising given they were coming off a high base after the “Boris-bounce” following the general election in December. Topping the list was Triple Point Social Housing REIT. The group, along with its social housing peer Civitas Social Housing...

Investment Companies Roundup – February 2020

Investment Companies Roundup – February 2020

In this issue Performance – After beginning the year in the ascendancy, helped by easing tensions between the US and Iran, the outbreak of coronavirus in China pulled the breaks on risk assets, particularly hitting Asian and resource funds. Significant selling has taken place in early February (not included in this roundup), following...

Aberdeen New Dawn – Illuminating value

Aberdeen New Dawn – Illuminating value

Aberdeen New Dawn (ABD) has provided peer-group-beating performance during 2019 (an NAV total return of 18.4% versus a peer group average of 15.2%). Despite this, and also despite offering one of the lowest ongoing charges ratios amongst its peers, its discount to NAV remains broadly unchanged and is still, peculiarly,...

Shires Income – Building on a great 2019

Shires Income – Building on a great 2019

The second half of 2019 was a profitable time for investors in Shires Income (SHRS), as the trust extended its outperformance of both the UK market and the average competing fund. Investors also benefitted from the elimination of the discount as the share price rose to match the NAV. The...

Investment Companies Review – 2019

Investment Companies Review – 2019

There was plenty to worry about in 2019, though this did not stop risk assets having a year that would have defied all but the most optimistic forecasters. The initial trigger came from the US, where the central bank performed a U-turn, abandoning planned interest rate increases. Gold also had...

Real Estate Monthly roundup – Jan 2020

December was a good month for listed property companies, with the sector experiencing a bounce following the convincing majority the Conservative party won at the general election. For the second month in a row, estate agency group Countrywide topped the charts for the biggest share price gains. This follows news...

Real Estate Monthly roundup – Dec 2019

Real Estate Monthly roundup – Dec 2019

November saw a host of companies report interim and full year results with varying outcomes. CLS Holdings, which owns a diverse portfolio split between the UK, Germany and France, gave a positive trading update that outlined its capital recycling programme and asset management initiatives. Its share price rose 14.4% in the month and...

Economic & Political Roundup – Jan 2020

Economic & Political Roundup – Jan 2020

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 of...

Investment companies roundup – January 2020

Investment companies roundup – January 2020

In this issue Performance – Investors closed the year sanguinely, reflected by firmer median market returns compared to NAV returns. A conclusive UK general election result provided a springboard for flows into UK strategies, principally benefitting Aberforth Split Level Income, Chelverton UK Dividend, Montanaro UK Smaller Companies, JPMorgan Smaller Companies, Schroder UK Mid Cap and Downing Strategic Micro-Cap;Discounts/premiums – The narrowing in Schroder...

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust – Look past the short-term noise

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust – Look past the short-term noise

Helped by a positive contribution from its short positions, BlackRock Throgmorton (THRG) continues to turn out benchmark-beating returns and leads its peer group, the AIC’s UK Smaller companies sector, over the medium term. A share price return of 46.5% over the year to the end of November is the best...

Vietnam Holding Limited – Silent revolution

Vietnam Holding Limited – Silent revolution

Vietnam Holding (VNH) has quietly undergone a major overhaul during the last two years, making it more shareholder-friendly and putting it on a stronger footing (see pages 4 and 5).... Read more However, in a world that is increasingly conscious of corporate responsibilities, it is VNH’s strongly-held environmental, social and...

Sareum Holdings – Tyking over… nicely

Sareum Holdings – Tyking over… nicely

Sareum Holdings – Tyking over… nicely Sareum’s investment case centres on the development and potential out-licensing of its two internal, preclinical-stage TYK2/JAK1 inhibitors, which are proceeding towards IND (investigational new drug) filings in 2020. Development of Sareum’s Chk1 inhibitor, SRA737, is ongoing for now, but is likely to see a...

Economic & Political Roundup – Dec 2019

Economic & Political Roundup – Dec 2019

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 of...

Investment companies roundup – December 2019

Investment companies roundup – December 2019

In this issue Following a lacklustre October, risk-appetite rose over November, reflected by both the level of the NAV and price returns as well as the prevalence of growth-focused funds in the tables. Sectorally, biotech strategies had a strong month, led by Biotech Growth and International Biotechnology. It was also a good month for UK...

Henderson Diversified Income Trust – Soft landing likely…

Henderson Diversified Income Trust – Soft landing likely…

Henderson Diversified Income Trust – Soft landing likely… …but caution is required. The managers of Henderson Diversified Income (HDIV) stuck to their guns in the face of a consensus view of rising interest rates and inflation. This stance, and their focus on high-quality credits, has been rewarded in 2019, as...

Henderson High Income – The trust that delivers

Henderson High Income – The trust that delivers

Henderson High Income Trust (HHI) launched in November 1989, with an objective of generating a high income from a portfolio consisting primarily of UK equities complemented by a modest weighting in fixed interest investments that have been used to enhance income.... Read more Investors might have been forgiven for thinking...

Geiger Counter – Supply deficit unsustainable

Geiger Counter – Supply deficit unsustainable

2018 saw a strong recovery in the uranium price. This has stalled this year, but with the uranium market now seeing more demand than supply, Geiger Counter’s (GCL’s) managers see the potential for a resurgence in the uranium price, as more nuclear reactors come online (particularly in China and India),...

Aberdeen Frontier Markets – Significant latent value?

Aberdeen Frontier Markets – Significant latent value?

Aberdeen Frontier Markets (AFMC)’s manager has been re-positioning the portfolio by reducing exposure to Sub-Saharan Africa, adding companies in new markets and looking capture more of the momentum in markets. There is a now a greater tilt to the Asia Pacific region, where Vietnam accounts for over a quarter of...

Real Estate Monthly roundup – Nov 2019

Real Estate Monthly roundup – Nov 2019

October was another strong month for certain retail focused property companies. For the second month running, Capital & Regional topped the list for share price growth: up 30.5% in the month – admittedly off a low base. The shopping centre landlord’s shares continued to rise after it agreed a deal...

Economic & Political Roundup – Nov 2019

Economic & Political Roundup – Nov 2019

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 of...

Investment companies roundup – November 2019

Investment companies roundup – November 2019

In this issue Over October, we published notes on Pacific Horizon, Seneca Global Income & Growth, Premier Global Infrastructure, Polar Capital Global Financials, Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure, Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income and Herald. Additionally, as part of our enhanced coverage of the property sector, we launched a sector overview report. Performance data – Equity markets were broadly...

Pacific Horizon – 2018 re-calibration paying off

Pacific Horizon – 2018 re-calibration paying off

Moves by Pacific Horizon’s (PHI) manager Ewan Markson-Brown to re-position the portfolio by lowering its allocation to technology stocks, and excellent returns to-date from stock picks made in 2018, are paying off. PHI is the best-performing Asia Pacific fund in net asset value (NAV) terms over the year-to-date. Following a...

Seneca Global Income & Growth – Pausing on equity reductions

Seneca Global Income & Growth – Pausing on equity reductions

Over the last couple of years, Seneca Investment Managers (Seneca IM), the manager of Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust (SIGT), has been reducing the trust’s equity weighting, in advance of a global recession that it now expects in 2021. Consistent with this view, the manager has increased SIGT’s weighting...

Polar Capital Global Financials Trust – Banks too cheap to ignore?

Polar Capital Global Financials Trust – Banks too cheap to ignore?

US interest rate cuts and a slowing global economy have overshadowed the financials sector and banks in particular so far this year. With banks trading close to multi-year lows, Polar Capital Global Financial (PCFT)’s managers have been adding to positions in their favoured stocks... Read more The managers believe that...

Premier Global Infrastructure Trust – Strong income growth

Premier Global Infrastructure Trust – Strong income growth

Premier Global Infrastructure Trust’s (PGIT’s) ordinary shares have provided an NAV total return of 34.4% during the last 12 months, boosted by the trust’s split capital structure (see page 13). The returns have been achieved despite PGIT having a significant allocation to Asia, and particularly China, which has faced a...

Retail property market – Retail ready for a renaissance?

Retail property market – Retail ready for a renaissance?

There have been few structural shifts in the property sector as profound as the one currently taking place in retail. Consumer spending patterns have drastically changed over the past five years, with online sales now accounting for 19.7% of all retail spend in the UK (August 2019, source: ONS), compared...

Quarterly Investment Companies Review – Q3

Quarterly Investment Companies Review – Q3

There was palpable shift in sentiment over the third quarter with the cautionary undertone perhaps best reflected by gold’s resurgence. Ongoing trade jockeying between the US and China did not help the mood and neither did the Argentine debt default in August. At the real economy level, manufacturing output has...

Economic & Political Roundup – Oct 2019

Economic & Political Roundup – Oct 2019

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 of...

Investment companies roundup – Oct 2019

Investment companies roundup – Oct 2019

Over September, we published notes on India Capital Growth, Jupiter Emerging & Frontier, International Biotechnology Trust, JPMorgan Russian Securities, Civitas Social Housing, Montanaro European Smaller Companies and JLEN Environmental Assets. We also launched a monthly real estate roundup, beginning with reviews of August and September. In this issue Performance data – Appetite for risk increased to a degree over September. Gold...

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