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Merchants’ aim is to provide shareholders with an above-average level of income and income growth with long term capital growth, through a policy of investing mainly in higher yielding large UK companies. We measure our success in attaining this objective by comparing the performance of the portfolio against the performance of the FTSE All-Share Index.
Established in 1889, The Merchants Trust PLC celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014, having successfully navigated a variety of market conditions – and several world wars – throughout its history. The Trust has demonstrated the benefit of active management over time and its aims today are remarkably similar to those established by its founders: to provide its shareholders with an above-average level of income which increases over time.