Thesis Asset Management has launched a new portfolio service investing in the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) designed to help its clients with inheritance tax (IHT) planning.

The new service comes just one week after Thesis announced it had hit the acquisition trail as part of expansion plans following a management buyout earlier this year.

The service will offer active model portfolios that invest directly in UK securities.

Holdings in the portfolio will be monitored both for their financial prospects and for their eligibility for tax reliefs. Companies on AIM have the potential for dramatic growth and rapid expansion, whilst also providing IHT exemption if they are held for more than two years, Thesis argued.

Managed by Thesis’ head of research Matthew Hoggarth (pictured), it will hold a diverse selection of 20-25 shares from the AIM All Share market.

‘Companies admitted to AIM can be young, growing and dynamic, and provide a great opportunity to help boost the UK economy from the ground up,’ said Hoggarth.

‘Coupled with the IHT benefits, it makes it a compelling proposition for investors wishing to pass on more of their wealth to loved ones.

‘We believe we are in a great position to offer this service due to the genuine belief we have in our thorough UK equity selection process which we have been running for some time now to great success.’

The stocks are selected using Thesis’ proprietary system of six measures of financial strength (dividend yield, earnings, earnings to price, EBITDA to sales, return on assets and prior year’s total return), and will be rebalanced on a quarterly basis.

The portfolio management fee is 1.2% plus VAT, but with no dealing costs or up front charges.