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Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust raises dividend

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust (FCIT), the world's oldest collective investment fund, has increased its dividend to investors for the 40th year in a row, it reveals in its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2010, released to the London Stock Exchange today.

New share issue available for ISA investors

JPMorgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust has announced its intention to raise further capital through an issue of new shares.

Mercantile portfolio moves to account for threat of inflation

The Mercantile Investment Trust, the GBP 1.4 billion J.P. Morgan Asset Management managed investment trust which seeks income and growth from mid and smaller UK companies, has shifted positioning within the portfolio to reflect the potential impact inflation could have on the UK.

Sales of financial Christmas gifts surge

Alliance Trust Savings, one of the country's leading SIPP providers, has seen a rise in the number of people choosing to give their children financial gifts for Christmas this year.

SWIP adds London property to portfolio

The SWIP Property Trust (SWIPPT) has announced the purchase of 60 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, from The Premier Property Group (PPG) at £32.4m, reflecting a net initial yield of 5%.

Royal marriage turns spotlight on wedding costs

The announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton has brought wedding costs into the spotlight, with some estimates that the event next year could cost upwards of £50m.

Investment trust gains emerging market exposure through Europe

The manager of the JPMorgan Overseas Investment Trust, Jeroen Huysinga, said the European stocks the team's analysts are identifying are offering excellent exposure to emerging markets at cheaper prices than buying directly.

Investors favour aggressive strategy when saving for children

More than half of investors would take an aggressive stance, investing mainly or wholly in equities, when investing for a child over an 18-year timeframe, a survey has shown.

SWIP Property Trust sees dramatic growth in assets

The SWIP Property Trust (SWIPPT) has seen a dramatic growth in assets under management to more than £2bn and has doubled in size over the last 15 months due to strong inflows.

JP Morgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust

J.P. Morgan Asset Management announces the launch of the JPMorgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust.

JPMorgan Income and Capital maintains dividend

The JPMorgan Income and Capital Investment Trust has announced it intends to maintain its dividend payments on its ordinary shares.

F&C Managed Portfolio Trust beats benchmark

In its full-year results to 31 May, F&C Managed Portfolio Trust, managed by Peter Hewitt at F&C Investments in Edinburgh, posted NAV total returns of 23.9% and 24.2% respectively for its Income and Growth portfolios, beating the total return on the FTSE All-Share Index of 22.9%.

JP Morgan to launch Global Emerging Markets Income Trust

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has announced its intention to launch the first investment trust focused on dividend income and capital growth from global emerging market companies, the JPMorgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust.

PGGM allocates euros 75m to UK Shopping Centre Trust

Standard Life Investments, one of the largest property fund managers in Europe, have announced that PGGM, a leading Dutch pension fund and asset manager, has invested around euros 75m in Standard Life Investments UK Shopping Centre Trust following an agreement in December 2009.

British Assets Trust outperforms benchmark in first half

British Assets Trust is a globally diversified investment trust managed by Julie Dent at F&C Investments in Edinburgh.