FGT’s investment objective is to achieve capital and income growth and provide shareholders with a total return above that of the FTSE All-Share Index. It invests principally in the securities of UK-quoted companies, but up to a maximum of 20% can be invested in non-UK-quoted companies at acquisition. FTSE 100 companies normally represent 50-100% of the portfolio, with at least 70% usually invested in FTSE 350 companies.
Finsbury Growth & Income Trust (FGT) has been managed by Nick Train since 2001. His strategy of running a highly concentrated portfolio (currently 20 names) – focused on just three business areas – has proved to be very successful, as illustrated in the 10-year relative NAV chart below. FGT has outperformed the FTSE All-Share Index over the last one, three, five and 10 years, helped by a recent step-up in capital appreciation, and has outpaced the performance of all of its larger-cap peers in the AIC UK Equity Income sector over these periods. Train remains optimistic about the outlook for selected UK equities, focusing on high-quality companies that can grow regardless of the stage of the economic cycle.