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At close 17-May-2013Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||3.87%|
* Debt at market value
** Debt at par
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
40 Princes Street
Registered in Scotland as an Investment Company Number 881
The Company's investment objective is to achieve growth of income and capital from a portfolio invested mainly in companies listed or quoted in the United Kingdom.
In this webcast, Ben Ritchie gives an update on a wide range of subjects including the Trust’s performance, dividend history and top twenty holdings, as well as an explanation of how to generate yield from high quality equities and an outlook for the Trust.
March marked the tenth consecutive monthly gain for the FTSE All-Share Index, which rose 1.4% on a total return basis. Investors overcame uncertainty created by events in Cyprus, instead choosing to focus on improving prospects for global growth evidenced most clearly in better economic data from the US. Sectors such as pharmaceuticals and mobile telecoms outperformed while banks and mining lagged.
It was another month of mixed domestic economic news flow. PMI data for March was encouraging in the services sector which recorded its strongest expansion in seven months; whereas manufacturing data was again weaker than expected. Unsurprisingly the Budget saw GDP growth forecasts downgraded – the Office for Budgetary Responsibility halved its 2013 estimate to 0.6% from 1.2% in the Autumn Statement. The Monetary Policy Committee was given more flexibility in the Budget and, separately, left interest rates unchanged although three members voted for an increase in the scale of quantitative easing. CPI inflation edged up to 2.8% in February.
We added on weakness to the position in leading education and information provider Pearson. No other trades were conducted during the month. Meanwhile the option writing programme continued to generate supplemental income for the Trust, with calls written against Whitbread and Unibail where we would be happy to see weights decrease; while puts were written against AMEC, Casino and BG amongst others.
Despite the current wave of optimism and widespread bullishness on the prospects for stock markets in 2013 we remain cautious. A large part of the global economy is struggling to grow amidst deep fiscal adjustments and the support offered by monetary policy is perhaps nearing its limits. We take comfort that within the portfolio valuations do not look too demanding, operational performance has been broadly robust and balance sheets are generally in good shape. All of which lead us to believe that the outlook for the distribution of dividend payments from our investee companies looks reasonably sound.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited