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Investment Companies of the Year 2012

By SIMON MOORE 23/11/2012

Investment Companies of the Year 2012 by Simon Moore

Eighteen investment companies were hailed as the best in their sector last night at Investment Week’s Investment Companies of the Year 2012 awards ceremony.

I was one of the industry experts on the judging panel and presented the prize for the best property investment company to Richard Kirby of F&C Commercial Property Trust (LSE:FCPT).

The winners were as follows

Sector Investment Trust
Individual Manager
Management Group
Bestinvest rating
Lindsell Train (LTI)
Michael Lindsell and Nick Train Lindsell Train Two stars
International Income Aberdeen Asian Income (AAIF) Hugh Young and team Aberdeen Three stars
UK Growth
Schroder UK Growth (SDU) Richard Buxton
Three stars
UK Income Lowland (LWI) James Henderson Henderson Three stars
UK Small Companies Standard Life UK Smaller Companies (SLS) Harry Nimmo Standard Life Investments Four stars
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies (AAS) Hugh Young and team Aberdeen Four stars
Jupiter European Opportunities (JEO) Alex Darwall Jupiter Three stars
Emerging Markets Utilico Emerging Markets (UEM) Charles Jillings ICM Ltd Three stars
Private Equity Electra Private Equity (ELTA) Hugh Mumford Electra Partners N/A
Hedge Boussard Gavaudan (BGHS) E. Boussard and E. Gavaudan Boussard Gavaudan Three stars
Single Country Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon (BGS) John MacDougall Baillie Gifford N/A
Property F&C Commercial Property (FCPT) Richard Kirby F&C Three stars
Commodity City Natural Resources High Yield (CYN) Will Smith and Ian Francis CQS Three stars
Specialist Biotech Growth (BIOG) Sam Isaly OrbiMed Three stars
VCTs Northern Venture 2, 3 & 4 (NVT, NTV, NTN) NVM Private Equity N/A
Best new issue Diverse Income (DIVI) Gervais Williams MAM N/A
Most consistent performer Capital Gearing (CGT) Peter Spiller CG Asset Management N/A
Best Shareholder Value Troy Income + Growth (TIGT) Francis Brooke Troy Asset Management N/A
Outstanding Achievement Hamish Buchan Association of Investment Companies
Group of the Year BlackRock
Specialist Group of the Year Frostrow

Important information

Investment trusts are publicly listed companies whose shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange. The price of their shares will fluctuate according to investor demand and changes in the value of their underlying assets, and will be subject to a combination of the risks associated with the shares, bonds and funds in which they are invested.

The value of investments, and the income derived from them, can go down as well as up and you can get back less than you originally invested. Prevailing tax rates and reliefs are dependent on your individual circumstances and are subject to change.

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