Annabel Brodie-Smith

Annabel Brodie-Smith is communications director at the Association of Investment Companies (AIC)

Posts from Annabel Brodie-Smith


The importance of dividends for investors

“A cow for her milk, a hen for her eggs, and a stock, by heck for her dividends. An orchard for fruit, bees for their honey, and stocks, besides for

Funds , News

Investment trusts: active versus passive

It’s an almost age-old debate, with countless research devoted to the subject. Namely, which is best: active or passive fund management – which method has performed best over the long-term?

Analysis , Funds

Investment trusts have delivered over the past decade

The end of the tax year might have been and gone, but results season continues in earnest in the investment trust sector, not to mention the usual merry-go-round of new launches,

Analysis , Funds

Over the long term investment trusts have delivered

Interest rates have stood at 0.5% for six long years now, and investors have had their work cut out finding homes for their money that can deliver a yield. Investors

Analysis , Funds , News

Happy 20th Birthday VCTs!

It’s twenty years this April since VCTs were first launched. It now feels like a mature, yet vibrant asset class. This was brought home in a very entertaining way at

Analysis , Funds , Uncategorized

What will be in 2015?

2015 has had a shaky start for investors with the collapse in oil prices and fears over deflation, making it particularly hard to predict what will happen this year. Of

Analysis , Funds , Tax Efficient Investing

Offshore or onshore investment trusts?

The first half of 2014 has very much mirrored what we saw last year, certainly from a new issues perspective. The investment trust sector is going full throttle, with the

Funds , News

Understanding investment trust valuations

So much has been written in the financial pages this year about investment company ‘discounts’, in particular, the fact that they are currently at record lows. Why all the interest?


Investment companies continue to perform well

Results season is now in full swing and investment companies are continuing to demonstrate their strong dividend track records, reinforcing the significant advantages the closed-ended fund structure provides. Investment companies


Investor confidence in emerging markets fails

The research showed that while confidence overall changed little over the past 12 months, the same cannot be said for confidence in emerging markets, which has gone from being the