Changing mandates to meet changing investor demand may slim the international generalist investment trust sector over time forecasts Nick Greenwood, head of investment trusts at Iimia.
Some funds, such as the Scottish American and Edinburgh Worldwide have already seen the light in terms of what generalist trusts can offer investors, and have “changed their spots”, Greenwood – manager of Iimia’s investment trust of investment trusts - says.
Two reasons are driving change: these generalists by their nature do not require the “protection” of a closed ended structure, while the “typical shareholder” is now looking for something different.
”A closet tracker of global equities is not what they want. An absolute return from a highly diversified list of asset classes is more up their street,” Greenwood says.
The next big change will involve the £1bn Witan investment trust, Greenwood believes.
Excitement over new strategy announced in the last quarter of 2003 has tapered off, but the suspicion is chief executive Jim Horsburgh “starting with a clean sheet of paper, will have to scrap most of what exists already and start again.”IFAonline
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