In this one-minute update, Simon Gergel reflects on a landmark 40th year of consecutive dividend increases for shareholders in The Merchants Trust. Just how has the investment approach been structured to achieve this and is the strategy likely to remain the same in the future?
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent concerns over fossil fuel supplies from Russia have combined in a perfect storm with already rising energy prices and wider cost of living inflation to push energy security and affordability into the spotlight as part of the ongoing energy transition debate. Portfolio manager Simon Gergel and host Jon Cronin share thoughts on the current energy situation, as well as discussing the investment strategy supporting rising dividends for shareholders.
The Merchants Trust PLC has, for many years, focused on a simple proposition: to deliver a high and rising income together with capital growth, through a policy of investing mainly in higher-yielding large UK companies. We measure our success in attaining this objective by comparing the performance of the portfolio against the performance of the FTSE All-Share Index.
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Established in 1889, The Merchants Trust PLC has successfully navigated a variety of market conditions, economic cycles and even world wars. The Trust has demonstrated the benefit of active management over time and its aims today are remarkably similar to when it started: to provide its shareholders with an above-average level of income which increases over time.
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