LONDON - Now arriving at platforms: how advisers can invest in investment trusts

Jul 16, 2012

Fifth paper from J.P. Morgan Asset Management focuses on accessibility  
LONDON 16 July 2012 – J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the largest manager of investment trusts in the UK, has launched the fifth paper from its Investment Trusts, Insight Series, specifically for financial advisers. As demand for investment trusts increases it is becoming easier for advisers to access them, and the latest paper from J.P. Morgan Asset Management looks at how to invest in the closed-ended vehicle.    
James Saunders Watson, Head of Marketing, Investment Trusts for J.P. Morgan Asset Management said: “It has never been easier for advisers to gain access to investment trusts; inclusion on investment platforms is improving as investors demand access and regulatory requirements drive change.  As implementation of the Retail Distribution Review approaches, advisers and investors alike may increasingly appreciate the benefits of investment trusts as part of their portfolios.  As access continues to improve the popularity of investment trusts is also seen to grow.”   
Three ways to invest: 
  • Through a fund manager’s Saving Scheme or Product Wrapper (e.g. ISA)
  • Through a Share Brokerage Service or Stockbroker
  • Through an Investment Platform (Fund Supermarket or Wrap)
The requirements of the RDR mean that investment trusts are not only becoming more readily available through platforms, but they are also increasingly being classified by their AIC sector or objective rather than lumped together under one heading of ‘Investment Companies’.  This will make identifying and researching different investment trust products simpler, again improving access to the trusts.  
David Barron, Head of Investment Trusts at J.P. Morgan Asset Management said, “We were pleased that the FSA’s finalised guidance stated very clearly that it believes it will be rare for a firm that uses a single platform for all its investment business to meet the standard for independence. Although the availability of investment trusts on the ‘big three’ fund supermarkets is still a little patchy, there are well over a dozen platforms where investment trusts are already accessible to advisers.”
David Barron added: “The classification of investment trusts by their AIC sectors or objectives is a welcome step forward to ensure investment trusts are viewed alongside other products in the retail market.  This improvement of visibility reflects the demand for these products from investors and simplifies the investment process for advisers when looking to invest in trusts.”
The fifth paper in the Investment Trusts, Insight Series can be found here  It includes a table detailing the current and potential future availability of investment trusts on some of the major platforms used by advisers and private investors.

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