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The AIFMD is intended to offer increased protection to investors in investment products that do not fall under the existing European Union regime for regulation of investment products known as “UCITS”.
At close 27-Nov-2014Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||2.81%|
** Debt at par
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may get back less than the amount invested. The tax benefits relating to ISA investments may not be maintained. Please refer to the Key Facts documents contained in the ISA/Share Plan Brochure & Application form for general and specific investment risks attaching to the individual trusts.Read the detailed Risk Warning
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See latest monthly factsheet below for performance history.
40 Princes Street,
Registered in Scotland as an Investment Company Number 14692
The objective of Dunedin Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC is to achieve long term growth from a portfolio of smaller companies in the United Kingdom.
In this webcast, Ed Beal gives an update on a wide range of subjects including performance, a sector breakdown, the largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Equities declined during October, though the fall of 0.7% on a total return basis masks much greater volatility during the month. Small companies were weaker, delivering a total return of -2% as investors became more risk averse. What caused the sell off in the early part of the month is unclear. However, an announcement from the Bank of Japan that they were going to extend their stimulus package served to reignite investors’ appetite for equities. Meanwhile, in the US the recovery was ongoing and the Federal Reserve felt able to terminate its asset purchase programme. This was at odds with what was being seen in Europe where deflation remained a threat, the weakness of the recovery was spreading to Germany and the ECB was disappointing investors by not giving them more clarity on the likely scale of their intended asset purchases. There was some good news in the region as the authorities concluded their Asset Quality Review. 80% of the region’s banks passed the test and in reality the results were better than that because a number of the troubled institutions had already raised some of the additional capital they will require.
In terms of portfolio activity we top sliced holdings that had performed well. These included Bellway, Wilmington, Fuller Smith & Turner and The Restaurant Group. The proceeds were re-invested into Aveva, Oxford Instruments and RPC. Aveva and Oxford have both been finding life difficult recently, however, we believe that both are good quality companies with sound long term prospects. RPC has been weak as investors have worried about companies that have European exposure. Whilst this is understandable, our approach is to examine a business’s prospects from a fundamental perspective. We anticipate that RPC will be a beneficiary of a structural drive to reduce the amount of packaging used in consumer industries.
With Central Banks around the world taking different paths investors are focusing on the expected actions of the ECB. Some form of stimulus package is expected. There is therefore the potential for disappointment in the event that the quantum or timing of stimulus fails to meet expectations. Companies across a range of industries are finding life tough. Growth is hard to secure and is often reduced by the impact of foreign exchange on the translation of results. The lower oil price will provide support for the global economy but the challenges of a weak Europe and slowing China are sizable obstacles. We continue to believe that our investments are well positioned to prosper over the long-term but the short-term outlook is more difficult to divine.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited