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The investment trust sector is defined by its discounts. Over the short term share prices and NAVs can diverge quite dramatically, as we have witnessed so far in 2020. When evaluating a fund or trust to invest in, it is usual for part of the analysis to focus on evaluating ‘manager skill’ – reflected in the historic track record of the fund they run. With investment trusts many data sources offer only the share price history. In our opinion this is unfortunate, and a poor substitute for analysing the NAV track record, given the often unique factors that contribute to discounts over time.
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