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Key facts

  • Total assets £1,003 million*
  • Launch date 1 July 1889
  • Average Annual Return 12.2%**
  • Annual charge 0.90%***
ABOUT THE TRUST * As at 31 August 2017
** Source: Morningstar, performance period 30 June 1985 to 31 August 2017, TR net of fees, GBP
*** As at 30 September 2016, includes: management fee 0.70%, marketing and administration costs


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British Empire Share Price
NAV: 796.19
Dividend Yield: 1.64
As of 20/10/17 , Currency: GBX

Videos & Podcast

British Empire: trust discounts could narrow further
Joe Bauernfreund interview with Charles Stanley Direct
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Investment Essentials: A guide to spotting share value Investors Chronicle Published on March 30th 2017


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Price Performance

December 2006 to December 2016

Managers Comment

More comments September

BTEM’s NAV fell by 2.5% in September. Our portfolio has negligible exposure to Sterling assets and so a strengthening Pound meant positive investment returns for the month were swamped by the impact of FX. The Pound rose against all major currencies (3.9% vs USD; 4.5% vs EUR; 6.1% vs JPY; 6.3% vs SEK; 6.2% vs […]


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Case Studies

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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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Morningstar Analyst Rating

as at 9 December 2015

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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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