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Kepler Trust Intelligence is a digital publication for discretionary fund managers and private investors published by the investment companies team at Kepler Partners.

Kepler Trust Intelligence provides non-substantive material and analysis. Under MiFID II these constitute a minor non-monetary benefit and are provided free of charge.

Our aim is to create a library of high quality investment strategy articles and fund analysis all written in-house by experienced analysts on the investment companies team at Kepler Partners.

We are focused entirely on investment trusts, however we believe that it helps to understand them better if they are placed on a level playing field with OEICs, so you will see comparisons between the two in these pages often.

Our content falls into three categories:

  • Investment strategy articles are designed to highlight opportunities and developments which are of interest to investment trust investors, positive or negative.
  • Fund analysis focuses on individual trusts, examining them in detail to create a snapshot picture which you can use to decide whether or not you want to invest in them.
  • Sponsored content appears where an asset management group or investment trust has paid to place a piece of content into the site. This will be clearly marked with the sponsor's logo and a byline attributing the content to the sponsor.

We do not produce huge volumes of material. Our focus is on quality, not quantity, so we are unlikely to publish more than four or five articles in a given week. For this reason we recommend that you join our mailing list, and we'll send you an email once a month alerting you to what’s new on the site. We won’t sell your details, and we won’t spam you with useless updates.

How are we funded?

Kepler Trust Intelligence is funded entirely by the providers of investment trusts, and is made available freely to any person (professional or private individual) who wants to access it. We clearly disclose all of our relationships, but our research is either paid for directly by specific trusts and their boards, or more generally by the larger asset management groups who pay to have adverts and advertorial. As a result, all of our research should be considered “non-independent” and readers should consider it as marketing.

All of our clients are keen to keep their trusts “on radar” with wealth managers. There is generally less “centralised” coverage of investment trusts as wealth managers get bigger and bigger, and at the same time there is an increasing burden on wealth managers to prove they are keeping “on top” of trusts they hold. We believe our website and research serves as a useful purpose in this regard.

As we mention above, all of this content is freely available to anyone. We run two versions of the site – this one which is for professionals and a separate one for private investors. The professional site requires readers to volunteer the name of the company they work for and the city / region – so that from a compliance perspective we can be satisfied that all readers really are a professional.

Our aim

At Kepler Partners we are focused on the needs of the private client fund management community, and we understand that investment trusts are only one of the options available to readers of our research. For this reason, wherever possible we seek to show investment trusts on a level playing field with unit trusts and OEICs, especially in performance terms.

We believe investment trusts, as more and more of them move to capitalise on their structural advantages - gearing, the ability to smooth dividends, and the ability to manage their own liquidity, among them - are on the front foot, and we hope that you find our research as interesting and exciting to read as we have found it to write.

Welcome to Kepler Trust Intelligence.

Pascal Dowling

Kepler Partners

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