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Ian Cowie: thanks to Labour, infrastructure looks good value

Share price premiums on the listed infrastructure funds from 3i, HICL and John Laing have plunged since Labour's threat to cancel private finance initiative (PFI) contracts.

Ian Cowie: dividends drive UK higher than emerging markets

It is an incredible fact but the total return from the UK stock market beats emerging markets over 25 years thanks to dividends.

Ian Cowie: I picked the best trust for the Trump rally

Despite all the opprobrium president Trump continues to attract, it’s been a wonderful year for many – but not all – investors in the world’s biggest economy.

Ian Cowie: trusts move up a gear with shrewd financing

Merchants and Temple Bar are the latest investment trusts to lock in cheap long-term loans and take advantage of their secret weapon: gearing, or borrowing money to invest.

Ian Cowie: a lesson from Black Monday’s blockbuster trusts

The great performance of investment trusts since the Black Monday crash 30 years ago shows liquidity is not the problem some professional investors say it is.

Ian Cowie: investment trusts are pensioners’ true friends

Some good news for anyone seeking a retirement income from savings: more than a dozen equity income investment trusts deliver sustainable, inflation-beating yields of 4% or more.

Ian Cowie: the thrills and spills of venture capital trusts

Politicians love to meddle with venture capital trusts (VCTs) which is a shame because they do a good job for investors and companies seeking finance.

Ian Cowie: don’t be biased, look overseas

Whatever happens to Brexit, investors should diversify beyond the UK.

Ian Cowie: investment trusts will stand the test of time

The enduring power of trusts like Henderson Smaller Companies provides the necessary inspiration to avoid being depressed by Brexit.

Ian Cowie: betting on the US has served me proud

The strength of this ageing US-led bull market is evident in way investors have shrugged off military brinkmanship between Trump and Kim Jong-un.