Investment trusts

Choose from over 150 investment trusts to diversify your portfolio.

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What is an investment trust?

An investment trust is an actively managed fund, with a fund manager investing in a portfolio of shares, property or other assets according to the objectives of the fund. 

Investment trusts can provide an excellent opportunity for portfolio diversification across geographical areas and market sectors, as well as more niche opportunities like private equity.

Benefits of investment trusts

Consistent income
Many investment trusts pay steady dividends due to their ability to hold back up to 15% of the income generated every year, to help top up income payments in leaner years.
Expert management
Investment trusts are overseen by a board of directors, which ensures that the fund is managed in line with shareholders’ interests.
Diversification
You have access to a wide range of assets with just one investment.
Long term strategy
Over the long term, investment trusts tend to outperform other funds.
Gearing
Investment trusts are allowed to borrow to invest (gearing), which can increase gains.

What to consider when investing in investment trusts

Costs

Investment trusts tend to be more expensive than ETFs, to account for the research and management costs.

Not being in charge

You can potentially lose some of your money if the fund manager doesn’t make the right choices.

Gearing

Gearing can bring a positive outcome; however, it becomes a risk if the borrowed money is not invested wisely.

Data protected

Like all funds, investment trusts can rise and fall in value. However, they can be more volatile than other assets due to supply and demand.

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FCA authorised

We are authorised and regulated by the FCA.

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FSCS protected

Your funds are protected by the FSCS scheme up to £85,000.

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Segregated accounts

We keep client funds and assets in segregated bank accounts.

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Data protected

We follow industry best practices to protect your data at all times.

Most purchased investment trusts

The below table is highlighting the top ten investment trusts on Freetrade by value of their holdings.
Data updated on the 3rd of December 2020. When you invest, your capital is at risk.

Rank

Investment trust

Ticker

AIC Sector

1 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc SMT Global
2 Polar Capital Technology Trust plc PCT Technology & Media
3 City of London Investment Trust plc CTY UK Equity Income
4 Smithson Investment Trust plc SSON Global Smaller Companies
5 Allianz Technology Trust plc ATT Technology & Media
6 JPMorgan Emerging Markets Investment Trust plc JMG Global Emerging Markets
7 Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust USA North America
8 Monks Investment Trust plc MNKS Global
9 BMO Commercial Property Trust plc BCPT Property - UK Commercial
10 Blackrock Smaller Companies Trust plc BRSC UK Smaller Companies

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Frequently asked questions

What is a stocks and shares ISA?

An ISA, or Individual Savings Account, is a tax-efficient saving or investment account that allows you to put money into a wide range of investments, from individual stocks and shares to funds, bonds and ETFs. This type of account is also known as a ‘tax wrapper’ and essentially allows you to be exempt from paying income, capital gains and dividend tax when you place up to £20,000 into your ISA account.

How many stocks and shares ISAs can I have?

You can pay into one stocks and shares ISA account in each tax year, so if you opened one already, you wouldn’t be able to open one until the new tax year starts. You can, however, transfer your existing stocks and shares ISA over from a different provider.

What is my 2020/21 ISA allowance?

The 2020/21 ISA tax year allowance is £20,000. This is the maximum amount you can put into your stocks and shares ISA for the current tax year. Your unused allowance won’t be carried over to the following tax year, so make sure you make the most of it. 

How do I transfer my stocks and shares ISA to Freetrade?

To transfer your stocks and shares ISA from another provider to Freetrade, you just need to complete a form, and we will do the rest for you. The transfer process might take four to six weeks, but we will let you know when it’s all completed.

Who is eligible for a stocks and shares ISA?

You’ll need to be 18 years of age or over and a UK resident. If you’ve already opened a stocks and shares ISA in the current tax year, you won’t be eligible for a new account. You can’t open a stocks and shares ISA for someone else.

What is the deadline for opening an ISA in the tax year 2020/21?

The 2020/21 ISA tax year allowance is £20,000. This is the maximum amount you can put into your stocks and shares ISA for the current tax year. Your unused allowance won’t be carried over to the following tax year, so make sure you make the most of it. 

What is the minimum amount I need to open an ISA?

You don’t need thousands of pounds to open an ISA account. If you want to open a stocks and shares ISA with Freetrade, you can start from £2.

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