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Investors could consider this strategy as a lower-risk option to gain exposure to the infrastructure theme and still receive progressive income. Although its main aim is to produce a good total return, it pays a quarterly income and has yielded 3.1% over the past 12 months.
Charles Jillings leads the management team. He believes the infrastructure sector is far more dynamic and less mundane than people realise. His investment universe is companies and sectors displaying the characteristics of essential services or monopolies – such as utilities, transport infrastructure, communications and companies with a unique product or market position – which gives it considerable defensive qualities. In selecting stocks, he aims to identify companies where underlying value and growth prospects are not reflected in the share price.
The trust focuses on underdeveloped and developing markets of Asia, Latin America, emerging Europe and Africa. It has the flexibility to invest in markets worldwide and favours countries with political stability, economic development, an acceptable legal framework and an encouraging attitude to foreign investment. At the end of 2019, the trust’s largest sector allocations were electricity (20%), ports (14%) and road and rail (12%). Its largest geographical allocations were to Brazil and China, which commanded half of its assets.
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