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The history of investment trusts
Investment trusts (including many of the Scottish ones) have been involved in some of the most significant industrial trends and investment opportunities over the last 150 years. When Foreign & Colonial (F&C) launched its first investment trust in 1868 to a sceptical public, individual investors had little in the way of investment choice. Government bonds were safe but financially unrewarding while more interesting opportunities overseas were risky and inaccessible to all but the wealthiest. Early investment trusts such as F&C, Scottish American and Alliance, all still in existence today, offered investors the chance to invest in a relatively diverse overseas portfolio for the first time.
By the end of the 19th century, the managers of most investment trusts were regarded as pioneering but reputable and prudent investors. In the early 21st century, investment trust investors are as likely to play a role in developing markets as they were in the heady days of the late 19th century.
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