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Rank Investment trust? AIC sector? Ranking change since previous month
1 Scottish Mortgage? Global? No change?
2 Polar Capital Technology? Technology & Media No change??
3 Worldwide Healthcare? Biotechnology & Healthcare? Up four places?
4 Allianz Technology Technology & Media Up one place
5 Edinburgh Worldwide? Global Smaller Companies? New entry?
6 City of London? UK Equity Income? Down four places
7 Smithson?? Global Smaller Companies? Up one place
8 Alliance Trust? Global? Down four places
9 The Renewables Infrastructure? Infrastructure? New entry?
10 Finsbury Growth & Income UK Equity Income? New entry?
Rank Investment trust? AIC sector? Ranking change since previous month
1 Scottish Mortgage? Global? No change?
2 Polar Capital Technology? Technology & Media Up five places?
3 City of London? UK Equity Income? Down one place
4 Alliance Trust? Global? Down one place
5 Allianz Technology Technology & Media Up five places?
6 Finsbury Growth & Income UK Equity Income? Down two places
7 Worldwide Healthcare? Biotechnology & Healthcare? New entry?
8 Smithson? Global Smaller Companies? Down three places
9 Hammerson (REIT) Unclassified? New entry?
10 F&C Investment Trust? Global? Minus one?

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What is an investment trust?

Investment trusts are listed companies that invest in the shares of other companies or fixed income securities, unquoted securities or property.

As a listed company its shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange and the share price is determined by demand and supply.

How are they different to funds?

Investment trusts are closed-ended companies. This means they have a fixed number of shares in issue, unlike Funds that are open-ended investment companies ('OEICs') or Unit Trusts. Investment Trusts are also listed companies and must have an independent board of directors that are obliged to answer to their shareholders.

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