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Max King

Max was for nearly 30 years a fund manager at Finsbury Asset Management, JO Hambro and Investec Asset Management. Responsibilities in the first two included the management of ten investment trusts; at IAM, he managed multi-asset funds. These funds were to a greater (Invested Managed Growth) or lesser extent investors in investment trusts and other closed end funds across the market spectrum. Before fund management, he qualified as a chartered accountant, worked in corporate finance and in risk arbitrage. He retired from full time work in late 2016.

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There's still plenty of potential for investors in commercial property
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There's still plenty of potential for investors in commercial property

Jitters over the outlook for the commercial property sector are overdone, says Max King. Investors should consider this Europe-focused real-estate inv…
4 Aug 2020
An investment trust that's well-placed to profit from the rebound
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An investment trust that's well-placed to profit from the rebound

This trust invests in stocks of all sizes and looks well placed to ride a rapid economic recovery
28 Jul 2020
Tony Pidgley: the Master Builder leaves the stage
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Tony Pidgley: the Master Builder leaves the stage

Berkeley’s Tony Pidgley, who has died aged 72, was a genius who transformed the housebuilding industry, says Max King
24 Jul 2020
Buy into UK mid-cap stocks' recovery with this investment trust
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Buy into UK mid-cap stocks' recovery with this investment trust

Schroder's investment trust specialising in UK mid-cap stocks has an impressive long-term record and looks cheap
14 Jul 2020
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Ruffer investment trust faces a rough patch
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Ruffer investment trust faces a rough patch

Ruffer, the defensive investment trust, has an impressive overall record, but may struggle for now.
7 Jul 2020
A first-half home run for investment trusts
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A first-half home run for investment trusts

The investment trust sector has seen some extraordinary performance in the first half of this year. Max King looks at what's behind it, and asks: is i…
7 Jul 2020
Investment trusts that should profit from private equity
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Investment trusts that should profit from private equity

Private equity has recovered steadily from its spring slump, but still offers value. Max King casts his eye over five investment trusts specialising i…
30 Jun 2020
How to use investment trusts to invest in specific countries and themes
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How to use investment trusts to invest in specific countries and themes

Using specialist investment trusts can extend your horizons to the parts of the investment world that general funds do not reach.
16 Jun 2020
Syncona: a biotech trust that's going for a song
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Syncona: a biotech trust that's going for a song

Syncona is an investment trust that invests in promising, privately-held biotechnology companies. It looks too cheap.
15 Jun 2020
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Investing in the UK: the good, the bad and the ugly
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Investing in the UK: the good, the bad and the ugly

The FTSE 100 has been in decline for a long time, while small and mid-cap stocks have outperformed, says Max King. Will the blue-chips bounce back?
9 Jun 2020
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Britain's housing market may avoid a nasty crash
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Britain's housing market may avoid a nasty crash

UK house prices were already weakening when the virus arrived; London in particular now looks good value, says Max King.
9 Jun 2020
Compound interest: the eighth wonder of the world
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Compound interest: the eighth wonder of the world

Setting up a pharmaceuticals trust in the mid-1990s taught Max King the power of compounding
26 May 2020
An investment trust to tap into the US market's galloping growth
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An investment trust to tap into the US market's galloping growth

This America-focused investment trust from Baillie Gifford allows investors to profit from rapid technological change, says Max King.
18 May 2020
Alternative assets are now mainstream – but should you buy in?
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Alternative assets are now mainstream – but should you buy in?

Alternative assets such as infrastructure, debt and private equity, traditionally help diversify a portfolio away from listed equities. Max King takes…
12 May 2020
Choose carefully when buying real estate investment trusts
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Choose carefully when buying real estate investment trusts

Some real estate investment trusts (Reits) are on hefty discounts to net asset value, but not all are bargains, says Max King.
7 May 2020
Solid income from a renewable energy "tortoise" fund
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Solid income from a renewable energy "tortoise" fund

GCP Infrastructure plods along compared with its rivals, but offers an attractive yield at the current price
4 May 2020
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How the world can prevent another Covid-19
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How the world can prevent another Covid-19

If only we’d listened to Dr Jonathan Quick, says Max King. In 2018, he explained how to stop a pandemic.
24 Apr 2020
Broaden your investment horizons with global trusts
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Broaden your investment horizons with global trusts

Many investment trusts are now managed by teams who look for the best investment ideas from around the world. Here, Max King picks some of the best.
14 Apr 2020
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Smithson Investment Trust: buy now or never
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Smithson Investment Trust: buy now or never

When Fundsmith launched the Smithson investment trust in 2018, scepticism was rife. But it has been a big success, says Max King.
13 Apr 2020
Finsbury Growth and Income: on track for long-term profits
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Finsbury Growth and Income: on track for long-term profits

Nick Train’s Finsbury Growth & Income investment trust is a core holding – and it is now on sale.
7 Apr 2020
The winning stocks of the post-coronavirus economy
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The winning stocks of the post-coronavirus economy

Some stocks proved resilient as the market slump was in full swing last month. That’s because investors have singled out the best long-term bets for a…
2 Apr 2020
Healthcare funds: pop some pills in your portfolio
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Healthcare funds: pop some pills in your portfolio

Healthcare is set for years of growth and is now available on the cheap. Here are the top healthcare investment trusts.
24 Mar 2020
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Unglamorous profits from offices and shop premises
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Unglamorous profits from offices and shop premises

These two commercial property Reits are not glamorous, but offer generous and dependable yields.
18 Mar 2020
Don’t try to time the market – here's how to get rich slowly with investment trusts
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Don’t try to time the market – here's how to get rich slowly with investment trusts

Everyone wants to buy low and sell high. But that's easier said than done, says Max King. The best advice is to focus on the long term and ignore the …
10 Mar 2020
Small-cap investment trusts have made a big comeback
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Small-cap investment trusts have made a big comeback

Small-cap companies in the bottom segment of the market came alive late last year, as have the funds that invest in them. The rally looks set to conti…
9 Mar 2020
Don't scrap pensions tax relief. We need people to save more, not less
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Don't scrap pensions tax relief. We need people to save more, not less

Scrapping higher-rate pension tax relief would amount to double taxation and discourage retirement saving, thereby depriving the economy of crucial …
5 Mar 2020
There’s still money in bonds for careful investors
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There’s still money in bonds for careful investors

Investors should tread carefully in the fixed-income market. But this well-managed investment trust fits the bill.
3 Mar 2020
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How to build a properly diversified investment trust portfolio
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How to build a properly diversified investment trust portfolio

Max King explains how to build a well diversified portfolio using one of our favourite tools – investment trusts.
25 Feb 2020
A return to form at Temple Bar Investment Trust
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A return to form at Temple Bar Investment Trust

Temple Bar Investment Trust had an excellent 2019 and will profit from the revival of value investing, says Max King.
24 Feb 2020
Why investment trusts are the best vehicle for your money
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Why investment trusts are the best vehicle for your money

Max King explains the advantages of investment trusts – sometimes called closed-ended funds – over their open-ended counterparts (or Oeics).
11 Feb 2020
The return of split-capital investment trusts – and two to buy now
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The return of split-capital investment trusts – and two to buy now

Split-capital investment trusts fell out of favour after a scandal in the early 2000s. But now they're back. Here are two worth a look.
11 Feb 2020
Why investors should stick with the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust
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Why investors should stick with the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust

The technology-focused fund should continue to benefit from long-term trends in the sector
28 Jan 2020
Investing in commercial property: a tale of three markets
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Investing in commercial property: a tale of three markets

Student housing, care-home and self-storage owners are solid long-term growth stories in the commercial property sector. But is now the time to buy? M…
17 Jan 2020
Go green and make money with this energy-efficiency investment trust
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Go green and make money with this energy-efficiency investment trust

Helping the environment needn’t mean sacrificing profits, as this energy-efficiency investment trust shows.
13 Jan 2020
Investment trusts: the Cinderella of investment arrives at the ball
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Investment trusts: the Cinderella of investment arrives at the ball

Investors should look beyond the market noise of a single year and examine the bigger picture. Max King explains what we can learn from 25 years of in…
8 Jan 2020
Music royalties fund Hipgnosis strikes a discordant note
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Music royalties fund Hipgnosis strikes a discordant note

Hipgnosis, a fund hoping to profit from song royalties, sounds beguiling. But is best avoided for now, says Max King.
21 Dec 2019
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