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Seeking investment opportunities with real value and excellent prospects.

Investment strategy that seeks to identify hidden value.

Seeking investment opportunities with real value and excellent prospects.

Rewarding your trust since 1985.

Key facts

  • Total assets £730 million*
  • Launch date 1 July 1889
  • Average Annual Return 11.6%**
  • Annual charge 0.90%***
ABOUT THE TRUST * As at 31 August 2015
** Source: Morningstar, performance period 30 June 1985 to 31 August 2015, TR net of fees, GBP
*** As at 30 September 2014, 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.

Find out more and apply

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 Securities and General Trust.

Find out more and apply





Managers Comment

More comments August

There were few places to hide during the month as markets around the world fell sharply on fears of a China slowdown and large falls in its stock market. As far as our portfolio goes, there were small positive gains from German property company DIC, UK student property company Empiric and from Detour Gold, as […]


Price Performance

December 2004 to December 2014

Latest data

British Empire Securities Share Price
NAV: 504.92
Dividend Yield: 2.31
As of 01/10/15 , Currency: GBX

Morningstar Analyst Rating

as at 18 November 2014

Morningstar® Fund Report™ Morningstar® Analyst
Research Report™

About British Empire

British Empire Securities and General 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 Securities and General 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.

What's The Advantage Of Investment Trusts?


It is very important that you read this warning and disclaimer before proceeding, as it explains certain legal and regulatory restrictions applicable to any investment services we provide.

You should be aware that the content of this website is issued by Asset Value Investors Limited (AVI), in respect of British Empire Securities and General Trust plc (“British Empire”). AVI is authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom (the “FCA”) and is a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States. While the Investment Manager is registered with the SEC as an investment adviser, it does not comply with the Advisers Act with regard to its non-U.S. clients.

This website is directed only at Professional Clients and Eligible Counterparties in the UK. This website is solely for information purposes and should not be regarded as an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity, as defined by the United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 in any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom. Investors who are resident in or citizens of countries other than the United Kingdom may be subject to local restrictions. Nothing on this website constitutes investment, legal, tax or other advice nor should it be relied upon in making an investment decision.

British Empire is a public company listed and traded on the London Stock Exchange.

The price of the Shares will be determined by supply and demand in the market as well as NAV per Share. The market price of the Shares is therefore likely to fluctuate and may represent either a premium or discount to NAV per Share.

Past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance. The price of investments and the income from them may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the full amount invested. British Empire uses gearing techniques (leverage) which will exaggerate market movements both down and up which could mean sudden and large falls in market value. Please refer to the Key Features Document for further details affecting your investment.

Applications to invest in British Empire referred to on this Site, must only be made on the basis of the current Key Features Document, or other applicable terms and conditions. Past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance. Market and exchange rate movements may cause the value of a fund to rise or fall and an investor may not get back the amount invested.

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