Moneywise First 50 Funds - 10 investment trusts for starters

Published by Moira O'Neill on 14 July 2016.
Last updated on 28 February 2018

10 investment trusts for starters

You might feel that investment trusts are not for you, as they are traded like stocks and shares on the London Stock Exchange, and therefore their prices can go up and down depending on investor sentiment.

However, many investors love investment trusts for their tendency to perform better than actively managed, open-ended funds over the long term – five years or more.

See our First 50 Funds for beginners homepage for links to the other funds in the list.

Here are 10 ‘starter investment trusts’ to consider buying and stashing away for the long term.

Investment trusts are identified by their TIDM (which stands for Tradeable Instrument Display Mnemonics), a short, unique code, used to identify UK-listed shares. We’ve also included the annual ongoing charges fi gure (OCF) for each trust. 

UK stock market income

City of London Investment Trust (CTY)
A core holding for investors looking for long-term growth in income and capital from companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, it has very low charges and a lowerrisk, cautious investment style. The dividend has risen every year for 50 years. Read full profile. You can also read our interview with Job Curtis, manager of City of London Investment Trust
OCF: 0.42%

Finsbury Growth and Income (FGT)
Its aim is to provide income and growth by investing primarily in UK-listed companies. Manager Nick Train’s long-term patience and deep understanding of his companies sets him apart from his peers. Read full profile.
OCF: 0.73%

UK stock market growth

Henderson Smaller Companies (HSL)
Seeking to maximise shareholder total returns by investing mainly in UK smaller companies, its manager Neil Hermon has built up an impressive record of capital growth and dividend increases. Read full profile.
OCF: 0.43% (1.01% including performance fee)

Global stock market growth

Scottish Mortgage (SMT)
Scottish Mortgage (SMT) Aims to maximise total return, while also generating real dividend growth, from a focused and actively managed global portfolio, with a focus on the theme of technological change. In March 2017 it was promoted to become a member of the FTSE 100 indexRead full profile.
OCF: 0.44%

F&C Global Smaller Companies (FCS)
Aims for a high total return by investing in smaller companies worldwide. The dividend has risen in each of the past 47 years. Read full profile.
OCF: 0.61% 

Witan Investment Trust (WTAN)
A good core portfolio holding, it invests in global equities and is managed via a multi-manager strategy, meaning it invests in other funds. Read full profile.
OCF: 0.79%

Jupiter European Opportunities (JEO)
Fund manager Alexander Darwall has proved to be an exceptional stock-picker. He invests in a focused portfolio of around 40 stocks and favours high-quality European businesses. Read full profile.
OCF: 0.99%

Global stock market income

Murray International (MYI)
Murray International (MYI) Its goal is to achieve income and capital growth through investments predominantly in worldwide equities. Fund manager Bruce Stout is a ‘contrarian’ investor (he buys companies that everyone else is selling). Read full profile.
OCF: 0.68%


Picton Property Income (PCTN)
Picton Property Income (PCTN) It aims to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income together with the potential for capital growth, by investing in the principal commercial property sectors. The charge is high, but performance has been good enough to justify this. Read full profile.
OCF: 2.47%

F&C Commercial Property Trust (FCPT)
Investing in a diversified UK commercial property portfolio, it aims to provide an attractive level of income together with the potential for capital and income growth. Read full profile.
OCF: 0.96% (1.07% including performance fee)


When putting together a portfolio of funds, the easiest way to think about combining these is through the ‘core and satellite’ approach. This separates a portfolio of investments into two distinct segments: the first is a core of long-term, low-cost and highly diversified investments, while the other is a selection of more specialist satellite investments.

Moneywise has put together some simple portfolios, that will help you begin investing for income or for growth. You can view them here