Investment trusts

Choose from over 150 investment trusts to diversify your portfolio.

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What is an investment trust?

An investment trust is an actively managed fund, with a fund manager investing in a portfolio of shares, property or other assets according to the objectives of the fund. 

Investment trusts can provide an excellent opportunity for portfolio diversification across geographical areas and market sectors, as well as more niche opportunities like private equity.

Benefits of investment trusts

Consistent income
Many investment trusts pay steady dividends due to their ability to hold back up to 15% of the income generated every year, to help top up income payments in leaner years.
Expert management
Investment trusts are overseen by a board of directors, which ensures that the fund is managed in line with shareholders’ interests.
You have access to a wide range of assets with just one investment.
Long term strategy
Over the long term, investment trusts tend to outperform other funds.
Investment trusts are allowed to borrow to invest (gearing), which can increase gains.

What to consider when investing in investment trusts


Investment trusts tend to be more expensive than ETFs, to account for the research and management costs.

Not being in charge

You can potentially lose some of your money if the fund manager doesn’t make the right choices.


Gearing can bring a positive outcome; however, it becomes a risk if the borrowed money is not invested wisely.

Data protected

Like all funds, investment trusts can rise and fall in value. However, they can be more volatile than other assets due to supply and demand.


FCA authorised

We are authorised and regulated by the FCA.


FSCS protected

Your funds are protected by the FSCS scheme up to £85,000.


Segregated accounts

We keep client funds and assets in segregated bank accounts.


Data protected

We follow industry best practices to protect your data at all times.

Most purchased investment trusts

The below table is highlighting the top ten investment trusts on Freetrade by total value of buy orders.
Data updated on the 7th May 2021. When you invest, your capital is at risk.


Investment trust


AIC Sector

1 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc SMT Global
2 Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust USA North America
3 City of London Investment Trust plc CTY UK Equity Income
4 Smithson Investment Trust plc SSON Global Smaller Companies
5 Temple Bar Investment Trust plc TMPL UK trust
6 Baillie Gifford European Growth Trust BGEU Europe
7 Foresight Solar Fund Ltd FSFL Renewable Energy Infrastructure
8 Allianz Technology Trust plc ATT Technology & Media
9 Monks Investment Trust plc MNKS Global
10 Edinburgh Worldwide Investment Trust plc EWI Global Smaller Companies

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