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BlackRock Frontiers IT

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Asset Group Asset Sub-Group Investment Category
Equities Emerging Markets Adventurous

Selection rationale:
BlackRock Frontiers is a good example of how the closed-ended investment trust structure can be used to invest in exciting but esoteric asset classes that can be hard to buy and sell.

Its performance has soared at times and plummeted at others, so this trust is not for the faint-hearted. The trust’s ability to use derivatives and take ‘short’ positions, which means it profits from falling share prices, makes this a pick for truly adventurous investors. But good use of these could have a positive impact on the fund’s defences during periods of emerging market stress.

Although they can invest across emerging markets, managers Sam Vecht and Emily Fletcher remain focused on less advanced capital markets such as Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt and Vietnam, which they believe to be attractive portfolio diversifiers. They look to own well-managed, cash-generative companies with high growth potential that are diversifying across many countries and sectors. The trust has an impressive yield of over 5% and pays dividends half-yearly.

Following the recent market sell-off, the trust is currently trading at a discount to its NAV.

April 2020

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Past performance of the underlying constituents is not a guarantee of future performance. The value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. 

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