• Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust
  • Launched in 1868, the Trust was the first ever investment trust and has since gone on to amass an impressive track record and grow into one of the largest of its kind. Its aim is to generate long-term growth and income by investing primarily in an international portfolio of listed equities. The Trust is highly diversified and cautiously managed, with exposure to over 500 individual companies from around the world.
  • How to Invest

    Open an F&C Savings Plan

    Call: 0800 136 420

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    The value of your investments can go down as well as up, and you may not get back what you originally invested.

  • Share price

    634.50p +10.00p



  • Performance

    These tables show you how the fund has performed over the last five years.  The fund has achieved positive growth over these periods, but please remember that past performance is not a guide to future results and the value of investments can go down as well as up.

    We've provided some useful definitions below the tables to help with interpreting the performance figures.

  • Fund performance

    Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust - performance chart

    Performance (%) as at 31.10.17

    Cumulative performance 1 month Year to date 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years
    NAV 3.0 14.1 14.9 56.4 109.7
    Share price 2.6 16.4 21.3 64.3 123.0
    Benchmark 3.2 11.8 13.9 54.3 108.5
    Discrete annual performance 2017/2016 2016/2015 2015/2014 2014/2013 2013/2012
    NAV 14.9 26.0 8.0 8.0 24.2
    Share price 21.3 22.8 10.3 8.6 25.0
    Benchmark 13.9 30.0 4.3 8.8 24.2

    Source: Lipper. Basis: share price, percentage growth, bid to bid, net income reinvested. Basis in accordance to the regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority. The discrete annual performance table refers to 12 month periods, ending at the date shown. The cumulative performance table refers to cumulative periods ending 31.10.17

  • Useful definitions

    NAV - Net Asset Value. This is the value of the fund's assets (e.g. investments, stocks, shares, bonds) less its liabilities (i.e. costs that need to be paid out of the value of the fund)
    Benchmark: The FTSE All-World (Total Return) Index

  • Fund Manager commentary

    During October our net asset value (NAV) gained by 3.0%, which slightly lagged the 3.2% gain from the FTSE All World benchmark. Our returns for the year are 14.1% in NAV terms and 16.4% in share price total return terms, exceeding the benchmark return of 11.7%. For shareholders, a narrowing in the discount has boosted returns and our discount ended October at 5.7%.

    October was an action-packed month for the markets with major political events (China plenum, Prime Minister Abe’s victory in Japan, Catalonia), monetary policy initiatives (European Central Bank tapering, communication by Federal Reserve and Bank of England pointing to future rate hikes) and generally strong economic data. The current reporting season for US companies is showing strong earnings and positive forward guidance, in line with our view of further growth in earnings. The global economy is enjoying firm, balanced growth and inflation that is low but comfortably clear of the deflation threshold. This ‘Goldilocks’ background has been supportive for equity investment and the ongoing (and synchronised) improvement in corporate earnings is buoying investor sentiment. The US, in particular, has continued to deliver earnings which have exceeded expectations while Europe had posted good earnings growth but has actually been a little weaker than expected due to euro strength dampening earnings growth. Elsewhere, Japan has been boosted by the electoral endorsement of Abe’s agenda and the UK continues to be dominated by a fractious and unstable political backdrop with ongoing challenges from Brexit negotiations.

    We continue to invest in a range of diversified underlying stock selection strategies and believe that we remain well placed to withstand any further short term volatility in markets.

    As at 31 October 2017

  • The value of shares and the income from them is not guaranteed and can fall as well as rise due to stock market movements. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. When you sell your shares, you might get back less than you originally invested. If markets fall, gearing can magnify the negative impact on performance. Changes in rates of exchange may have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of investments. Emerging Markets, Unquoted Companies and Smaller companies carry a higher degree of risk and their value can be more sensitive to market movement; their shares may be less liquid and performance may be more volatile. The fund may invest in hedge funds or private equity funds which are not normally available to individual investors, exposing the fund to the performance, liquidity and valuation issues of these funds. Such funds typically have high minimum investment levels and may restrict or suspend redemptions or repayment to investors. The asset value of these shares and its prospects may be more difficult to assess.

  • Paul Niven

    Paul Niven

    Fund manager

Past performance is not a guide to future results. The value of investments can go down as well as up.

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