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Investment Trust Insider - Comment & Analysis

Throgmorton: ‘alarming’ rise in companies paying excessive dividends

Dan Whitestone, manager of smaller companies investment trust BlackRock Throgmorton, is concerned at the number of companies paying dividends he regards as unaffordable.

Tips Update: Numis cuts three ‘alternatives’ after strong start

After a good first quarter for markets Numis has updated its recommendations for investment companies in ‘alternative’ assets such as property, infrastructure and debt.

James Carthew: I’m delighted US Solar made it over the line

The chance to get in at the start of an income-generating renewables investment trust offering diversifying exposure to US solar power proved irresistible to some investors.

What’s wrong with high-yielding social housing trusts?

We assess prospects for Civitas (CSH) and Triple Point (SOHO) after shares in the real estate investment trusts were hit by a negative report from the Regulator for Social Housing.

Ian Cowie: AIC’s ‘Income Finder’ helps my dividend drive

A useful new online tool from the Association of Investment Companies helps investors run an income portfolio and plan when to expect dividends.

Trust Watch: ‘cracking value’ in Capital Gearing’s favourite small-cap star

Lindsell Train, Aberdeen New Dawn biotech and social housing funds feature in this week's roundup, but the highlight is the heavily discounted UK smaller companies trust backed by one of the UK's most cautious investors.

Woodford rocked as Guernsey suspends his unquoted stocks

Shock move represents blow to manager's strategy of listing unquoted stakes offshore to keep flagship fund within City regulator's rules.

James Carthew: 8%-yielding Grit builds on London listing

Grit Real Estate Income is a £332 million pan-African real estate fund that listed in London last summer. Not one for widows and orphans but a high yield could put it on the watch list of some income investors.

Interactive: our charges are better for Alliance Trust savers

Early analysis indicates that provided Alliance Trust Savings customers choose the right service plan they can look forward to big savings when switching to Interactive Investor this summer.

Trust Watch: property investors need steel after tenant collapse

One real estate investment trust shoots into our 'cheap' list after its biggest tenant goes into administration and social housing funds feel the heat from a regulator's report.