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Exploring investment opportunities for over 125 years

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Key facts

  • Total assets £777 million*
  • Launch date 1 July 1889
  • Average Annual Return 11.4%**
  • Annual charge 0.90%***
ABOUT THE TRUST * As at 30 April 2016
** Source: Morningstar, performance period 30 June 1985 to 30 April 2016, TR net of fees, GBP
*** As at 30 September 2015, includes: management fee 0.70%, marketing and administration costs

How to invest

Asset Value Investors’ Stocks & Shares ISAs and Share Plans are two ways of enjoying stock market returns through an investment trust. They’re also, in the case of a Stocks & Shares ISA, a tax efficient way of investing.

Stocks and Shares ISA

The Asset Value Investors Stock & Shares Individual Savings Account (ISA) allows you to invest up to £15,240 each tax year.

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Share Plan

The AVI Share Plan is a savings plan which aims to provide a simple way for private investors to purchase shares in the British Empire Trust.

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Innovative Finance ISA

Asset Value Investors Ltd do not offer Innovative Finance ISAs


Latest data

British Empire Share Price
NAV: 528.07
Dividend Yield: 2.56
As of 25/05/16 , Currency: GBX

Price Performance

December 2005 to December 2015


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About British Empire

British Empire Trust p.l.c. (British Empire) is a closed-end investment trust with shares listed on the London Stock Exchange and part of the FTSE 250 index. The investment objective is to achieve capital growth through a focused portfolio of investments, particularly in companies whose share prices stand at a discount to estimated underlying net asset value.

British Empire is managed by Asset Value Investors Limited (AVI). Working closely with British Empire Trust, AVI specialise in seeking positive results from opportunities that others fail to spot.


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What is an Investment Trust?

An investment trust is simply a public limited company that issues shares in exchange for cash from investors. These cash funds are then pooled and reinvested in assets such as other stock market shares, bonds or property.

It’s the role of asset management companies such as AVI to plan and oversee investments on behalf of investment trusts and to ensure they deliver as profitable a return as possible for trust shareholders.

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