Investment company assets reach £200bn milestone

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This 458-word blog post describes how investment companies have reached the £200bn milestone for the first time. Includes an explanation of investment trusts and how these differ from open ended funds. Written on 13th August 2019.

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Article preview: Assets managed by investment companies have surpassed £200 billion for the first time. An investment company often referred to as an investment trust, is a form of a collective investment fund. It has a closed-end structure, which differs from unit trusts or open-ended investment companies (OEICS), where new units are created and cancelled based on investor demand. With an investment trust, a fixed number of shares is in circulation, with the share price fluctuating based on the underlying value of assets and investor demand for the shares.