Substantial corporate changes for one in two trusts since onset of pandemic

Managers under increased scrutiny

Kathleen Gallagher
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Annabel Brodie-Smith of the AIC
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Annabel Brodie-Smith of the AIC

Almost one in two investment trusts from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has undergone corporate activity in the past five years, new data has revealed.

While a degree of corporate action is regular in the investment company space, since the onset of the pandemic more substantial changes have become the norm as boards are under increasing pressure to prove shareholder value. The figures showed 47% of investment companies have undergone a manager change, merger, fee change, policy change or liquidation since the beginning of 2016, with some undergoing multiple changes. In the last 18 months alone, 11 companies have changed their manager, with two more currently undergoing strategic review, compared to 18 in the previous four years. Additi...

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