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2012 Outlook: A Brave New Year

"Looking Forward to 2012 - How Might Investment Trusts Perform in the Year Ahead?"
Hear from a panel of experts as they look at how Closed-end Funds (or Investment Trusts) might fare in 2012, demystifying these funds and sharing valuable insights on how they coped with the difficult conditions that faced investors in 2011.

They will be discussing the likely influences on performance as the year progresses, how investor appetite is shaping up and if the fact that wealth managers are more likely to use closed-end funds than IFAs gives them an edge. The panelists will also discuss whether, under RDR, Investment Trusts are a better option for advisers than alternatives, such as open-ended funds.

They will explore:
- How managers are coping with the vicissitudes of the market
- Whether the closed end structure will help in the search for income
- What the sector might have in store for the year ahead

This session will be led by well-known IFA commentator on investment issues, Brian Tora. He will be joined by:
- Christopher Brown, J.P.Morgan Cazenove
- Simon Elliott, Winterflood Securities
- Charles Cade, Numis Securities Limited
- Jeremy Tigue, F&C Investments.
Recorded Jan 18 2012 54 mins
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  • Round-up: The Year in Investment Trusts Recorded: Dec 11 2013 27 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Fees have come down, performance has once again been ahead of the open-ended sector and fund raising has been buoyant. We discuss the year in investment trusts, whether the sector is finally seeing the much-anticipated RDR bounce and whether some of the issues of investment trusts - such as the fund supermarket problem - are closer to a resolution.

    Your panelists include:
    Jackie Beard, Morningstar UK (moderator)
    Justin Urquhart Stewart, 7IM
    Jeremy Tigue, F&C Assest Management
  • Income Solutions: Investment Trusts For Alternatives Recorded: Nov 13 2013 41 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    The investment trust universe is becoming more diverse, enabling investors to incorporate some interesting and non-correlated assets into their portfolios. Among the trusts now available are litigation funds, floating rate note funds, loan funds, and diverse property trusts. Which have performed best? Which have proved to be a genuinely uncorrelated source of returns? Where do these alternatives funds fit in a portfolio?

    Your panel:
    Cherry Reynard (moderator)
    Ben Hayward, TwentyFour Asset Management
    Ian Barrass, Henderson
  • Europe After the Elections Recorded: Oct 16 2013 45 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Much has been written and spoken about with regard to European elections, particularly in Germany. What will our expert panel make of the results, so far? What implications do they believe these results have for investors going forward into 2014?

    This session is intended to help advisers understand the issues and challenges of new political landscapes in Europe and how it may impact on investment decisions. We will discuss and try to answer questions that may be of concern and relevance to you, the adviser.

    Your panel:
    · David Harris (moderator)
    · Stephen Macklow-Smith, J.P. Morgan
    · Jeremy Thomas, Allianz Global Investors
  • What's New in the Investment Trust World? Recorded: Sep 11 2013 30 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    We review the latest developments in investment trusts - new launches, new issuance, funds closing and restructuring. We look at the bull and bear cases for the different trusts - and how they can serve a range of investor needs - income, diversity, growth.

    The panel will also broaden this out into a wider discussion of the current market environment and how new issuance meets the needs of that environment - for example, the spike in bond yields, or the improving equity markets.

    Moderator: Jackie Beard, Morningstar UK
    John Yakas, Polar Capital
    Robert Worthington, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Diversifying Your Income Recorded: Jul 17 2013 56 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Why is it important to diversify an income portfolio? What are the challenges of income in a low interest rate environment? Is this likely to change? How is the investment trust industry adapting to investors' income needs? The investment trusts sector offers an increasingly wide range of options to build an income portfolio, including property, infrastructure and emerging market debt in this panel session the speakers explore all the options at your disposal.

    Moderator David Harris, InvaTrust, will be joined by:
    - Innes Urquhart, Winterflood Securities
    - Alex Crooke, Henderson Global Investors Limited
    - Ben Ritchie, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Half-Time Review: Which Markets Are Best? Recorded: Jun 12 2013 43 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    The first six months of the year have seen a startling rise in equity markets in spite of the lack of any real improvement in the wider economic environment. But the gains have been focused on certain sectors and geographic regions, while areas such as commodities have significantly lagged. In this panel we ask the following questions of the markets:

    • Is there still value in equity markets and if so, where?
    • What will be the key pinch points for the markets in the second half?
    • Which trusts are best equipped to generate strong returns in that environment?

    Moderator: Szymon Idzikowski, Morningstar will be joined by:
    - Peter Walls, Unicorn Asset Management
    - Phil Doel, F&C Investments
    - Bruce Stout, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Sector Innovations: The Changing Face of Investment Trusts Recorded: May 22 2013 52 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    The investment trust industry is changing: Routes to market are becoming more effective, and platforms more receptive; charging structures are improving; discount mechanisms are modernising; and the structures of trusts themselves are changing. We talk about some of the innovations in the sector, analyse new launches and show how it is meeting the needs of investors.

    - Cherry Reynard (moderator)
    - Hugo Thorman, Ascentric
    - James Saunders Watson, J.P. Morgan
    - Annabel Brodie-Smith, The AIC
  • The Value of Experience: Investment Trust Managers Recorded: Apr 24 2013 43 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Investment trust managers tend to have a longer tenure than unit trust managers and this session looks to highlight the value of experience and longevity. Drawing out a number of the longest-serving managers in the industry and we ask them to share:

    • Their accumulated wisdom on investment markets
    • How their style and process have changed and adapted through different investment cycles
    • Whether history does repeat itself, or merely rhyme?
    • What have been the hardest markets to negotiate?
  • Investment Trusts - What's Stopping You? Recorded: Mar 22 2013 59 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Complexity? Gearing? Lack of research? Platform pricing? Liquidity? Poor administration? We address some of the major issues and propose solutions in a live panel session where advisers will have the opportunity to question the experts on using investment trusts, asking them difficult questions on the structure. We also look at the knowledge requirements on investment trusts for advisers.

    Moderator: David Harris, Invatrust
    - James Robson, Plutus Wealth Management
    - Adrian Lowcock, Hargreaves Lansdown
    - Tony Yarrow, Wise Investment
    - Roddy Kohn, Kohn Cougar
  • Due Diligence & Investment Trusts Recorded: Feb 20 2013 51 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    For advisers to remain independent, they must now having a working knowledge of investment trusts. A panel of financial advisers discuss how they approach investment trust due diligence, manage liquidity and handle discounts. This offers an opportunity for advisers to understand how their peer group approach investment selection and regulatory obligations in regard to investment trusts.

    - Cherry Reynard (moderator)
    - Gill Cardy, IFA Centre
    - Andrew Merricks, Skerritt Wealth Management
    - Ben Yearsley, Charles Stanley
  • The Market Mood at the Start of 2013 Recorded: Jan 30 2013 55 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    In this live session a panel of experts will discuss the mood among investment trust managers/investors at the start of 2013 and asset allocation positioning. Where are the best opportunities to be found? Are there any areas likely to offer the seductive mix of rising asset values and narrowing discounts?

    Conversely, which areas of the market now look fully valued and may struggle in 2013? The experts will share their views on the best investment opportunities for the year and how investment trusts can be used to take advantage.

    Panel line-up:
    - Cherry Reynard (moderator)
    - Peter Hewitt, F&C Investments
    - Andrew McHattie, The McHattie Group
    - Simon Moore, Bestinvest
  • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Investment Trusts…. Recorded: Dec 5 2012 57 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    But Were Too Afraid To Ask

    A panel of investment trust experts answer your questions on everything from gearing, to risk management, to investment performance. The session will also cover developments in the industry in 2012.

    The panel line-up includes:
    - Cherry Reynard (moderator)
    - Harry Katz, Norwest Consultants
    - Francis Klonowski, Klonowski & Co.
    - John Newlands, Brewin Dolphin
  • Investment Trusts for Different Markets Recorded: Nov 14 2012 60 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Investment trusts have some natural advantages: they can use gearing to maximise their exposure to a rising market and they can reserve income in stronger years to distribute in weaker years, for example. This makes them naturally suited to certain types of assets and markets. We will discuss the areas best-suited to investment trusts and why. For example, it might be UK for income or emerging markets for growth. In the interests of objectivity, we will also discuss the markets where investment trusts do not work as well. The discussion will also include a comparison with UCITS III and non-UCITS funds, the different type of powers they have, and where they might be more appropriate.

    Panel line-up:
    David Harris, InvaTrust (moderator)
    Stephen Peters, Charles Stanley
    Nick Wilcox, JP Morgan
    John Pattullo, Henderson
    Alex Barr, Aberdeen
    Peter Hewitt, F&C
  • Building a Multi-Asset Portfolio out of Investment Trusts Recorded: Oct 17 2012 56 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Multi-asset portfolios are the latest buzz-word in investment. They promise lower volatility with a smoother return profile than standard equity funds. Investment trusts offer all the tools to build a multi-asset portfolio, but often at lower cost and with less complexity. This session will explore how investors might go about building or enhancing a multi-asset portfolio with investment trusts. What types of assets are available? How can investors judge correlation? Where can they find true diversity? How can investors blend open-ended and closed-ended to ensure diversification?

    Moderator David Harris of InvaTrust will lead the discussion alongside panelists:
    •Olivia Mayell, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
    •Nick Greenwood, MitonOptimal Multi Asset Management
  • Understanding Gearing Recorded: Sep 12 2012 54 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Gearing is often presented as a stumbling block in investment trust due diligence. It can be difficult to pigeon-hole a trust into a certain risk category when gearing can range significantly, for example. This can be addressed with a proper understanding of gearing – different investment trusts use different types and with that comes different risks. The session will cover: The different types of gearing used; the markets in which it has been particularly effective; how the decision is made; how investors can analyse gearing; how geared investment trusts can be incorporated into traditional risk models.

    Panel line-up:
    Jackie Beard, Morningstar (moderator)
    Simon Moore, BestInvest
    Dennis Hall, Yellowtail
    Peter Hewitt, F&C Investments
    Ben Ritchie, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Half-Time Review 2012 – Let the Battle Commence Recorded: Jul 11 2012 60 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    It’s half way through the year and time to take a step back and look at the year so far. Which regions have been the winners and losers? Which now look over/under-valued, including which have the strongest discounts? What has driven markets? What news events have had the biggest impact on each area? Perhaps most importantly, which areas now look like the strongest areas for investment, particularly through investment trusts? Managers from each different region slug it out for the hearts and minds of investors.

    David Harris, Invatrust (moderator)
    Stephen Macklow-Smith, JP Morgan
    Paul Atkinson, Aberdeen Asset Management
    James Henderson, Henderson Global Investors
    Dhiren Shah, BlackRock
  • Investment Trust Quirks…And How To Manage Them Recorded: Jun 13 2012 56 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Advisers have traditionally been put off investment trusts by perceived complexity. In reality, closed-ended funds are no more complex than open-ended, but it is worth examining the ‘tricks of the trade’ and how expert investors in investment trusts manage the quirks of investment trusts, notably discounts, liquidity and governance. Investors will also talk through where they use investment trusts and where open-ended funds might be more appropriate.

    Jackie Beard, Morningstar (Moderator)
    Julian Cane, F&C Investments
    James Moseley, Winterflood Securities
    Peter Walls, Unicorn
    William Hemmings, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Investment Trusts – Beyond the Conventional Recorded: May 16 2012 60 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    One of the key advantages of an investment trust is the ability to manage illiquid assets. This session looks at the arguments for non-conventional investment trusts, such as diversification, return potential and accessing faster growth or higher income. It will also consider the discount problem – a particular issue with illiquid investment trusts – and how investors can manage it. The speakers will uncover why the investment trust structure works well for these types of asset classes.

    David Harris, InvaTrust (Moderator)
    Jon Macintosh, Saltus Partners
    Charlie Thomas, Jupiter Green
    Richard Kirby, F&C Investments
    Ian Barrass, Henderson Global Investors
  • Investment Trusts and Platforms Recorded: Apr 11 2012 51 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Platforms are providing better access to investment trusts but there are a number of things to consider when buying through a platform such as pricing, costs, choice and timing. This session will look at how buying through the different platforms compares and where may be the best places to buy. It will also look at platforms that incorporate investment trusts into asset allocation model portfolios and how platforms can help the selection process of investment trusts.

    Moderator Brian Tora, will lead this discussion alongside a broad panel that each brings a different viewpoint to the session;
    •Freddie Findlater, Head of Adviser Platforms, The Platforum
    •Dr. Kieran Drake, Research Analyst, Winterflood
    •Bill Vaseilieff, CEO, Novia
    •James Saunders Watson, Head of Investment Trust Marketing, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Diversifying Your Clients’ Income Stream Recorded: Mar 14 2012 59 mins
    Best Advice: Closed-end Fund Forum
    Investors should not be limited to low growth markets simply because they need income. There is now a broader choice in non-UK equity income with emerging market companies in particular increasingly paying dividends. Companies in these stronger growth economies often have higher dividend growth rates as well as providing a useful source of income diversification. This session will also look at the countries and sectors where non-UK dividend growth is emerging and why emerging markets could provide greater stability of income over the long term.
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