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SPONSORED CONTENT – Henderson Smaller Companies Trust's fund manager looks back at 2019 and how smaller UK companies will fare in 2020
Neil Hermon, fund manager for Henderson Smaller Companies Trust, discusses the Trust’s “excellent” performance in 2019, which Neil attributes to the team’s stock selection and the positive impact of gearing. Neil also discusses the latest buys and sells within the Trust’s portfolio and how he believes UK smaller companies will fare in the year ahead.
Net Asset Value (NAV): The total value of a fund's assets less its liabilities.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A): Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is a general term used to describe the consolidation of companies or assets through various types of financial transactions
Gearing: A measure of a company’s leverage that shows how far its operations are funded by lenders versus shareholders.
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- Most of the investments in this portfolio are in smaller companies shares. They may be more difficult to buy and sell and their share price may fluctuate more than that of larger companies.
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