Edinburgh Investment Trust management says ‘there are many reasons to be positive’

Edinburgh Investment Trust management says 'there are many reasons to be positive'

One of Scotland’s oldest trusts has said the future is positive despite seeing it’s net asset value (NAV) fall by 8.2 per cent in the six months to the end of September.

Edinburgh Investment Trust’s 8.2% NAV decline puts it just a nose ahead compared to the 8.3% drop of the FTSE All-Share Index, The Scotsman reports.

The 133-year-old trust’s chair Elisabeth Stheeman said: “This has been an active six months for the company. In addition to the normal day-to-day business of managing the portfolio, there have been changes to the debt structure, a first interim dividend announced and the welcome return of our in-person events for shareholders.

“There are many reasons to be positive and the company is in a strong position to take advantage of the attractive opportunities that are now arising.”

Fund manager James de Uphaugh said: “Equity markets gave up some ground over this six-month period. Part of that is the general weakness of global equity markets, part was self-made problems in the UK owing to the political uncertainty.

“However, hopefully the worst of it is behind us. The good news is that inflationary pressures are easing as commodity prices come off their highs. Supply problems are also easing. The UK economy is slowing, but a deep recession is not a certainty.”

 

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