Trust Audio Update

A Value View Episode 4: Of Trust(s) and Transparency

Simon Gergel CIO, UK Equities
10/07/2018

Each month, Simon Gergel, Portfolio Manager of The Merchants Trust shares his topical thoughts on developments affecting the UK stock market.

In the latest podcast, Simon is joined by Mary Ann Sieghart, one of Merchants’ Non-executive Directors, who joined the board in November 2014. Together, Mary Ann and Simon explore the importance of transparency in communication.

Listen in as Mary Ann and Simon share their thoughts on the following topics:

  • The significance and role of Non-executive Investment Trust boards
  • Making the Trust’s annual report as candid and informative as it can possibly be
  • How openness contributes to shareholder value
  • The importance of good PR and third party endorsements

A Value View Episode 9: What does it mean to be a value investor?

In his latest podcast, Simon Gergel, Portfolio Manager of The Merchants Trust, discusses what it means to be a value investor and how the team implements this across the Merchants portfolio of high yielding shares.

Edison Research: Celebrating 130th birthday with higher dividend

Simon Gergel highlights the Trust’s growing income stream, long-term capital growth and above-average dividend yield.

A Value View Episode 8: Celebrating 130 years

Simon reflects on how it all began in 1889, the Trust’s aims to provide an investment solution for individual investors then and now and how the Merchants of yesterday differs to the vehicle it is today.

Fund Focus on Merchants

In this Sunday Times article, journalist Holly Black looks at The Merchants Trust, summarising its investment remit, performance and dividend yield. The piece also quotes Simon Gergel on the merits of investing in the UK amidst current market uncertainty.

Celebrating 130 years and looking to the future

The Merchants Trust is celebrating its 130th birthday in 2019. In this article, Simon Gergel looks back at how the Merchants portfolio has changed over time and how reaching 130 provides a sense of perspective. He also reviews his own experience at the helm of Merchants since 2006.

A Value View Episode 7: Happy New Year and Happy Birthday

In his first podcast of 2019, Simon Gergel, Portfolio Manager of The Merchants Trust, shares his insights on the latest developments affecting the UK stock market. Not only are we at the start of a new year but also a landmark anniversary year for Merchants.

Edison Research: The Merchants Trust – high and growing dividend yield

Refinancing of a large tranche of the Trust’s high-cost debt in January 2018, coupled with higher levels of portfolio income, means the board has increased confidence in growing the dividend at a faster rate, from a starting yield of more than 5%.

A Value View Episode 6: Challenges and Opportunities

Listen in as Simon emphasises that  market volatility, as witnessed in October, can give rise to opportunity.  He notes that that any divergence in the share prices of different sectors and even different companies could enable investors to take advantage of potentially compelling valuations.

A Value View Episode 5: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Simon takes a look back at the first half of the year, a fascinating period that’s been characterised by global political challenges. Simon also considers market prospects for the rest of 2018 and the factors that may have an impact.

A Value View Episode 4: Of Trust(s) and Transparency

In the latest podcast, Simon is joined by Mary Ann Sieghart, one of Merchants’ Non-executive Directors, who joined the board in November 2014. Together, Mary Ann and Simon explore the importance of transparency in communication.

Still finding winners in the UK

Although uncertainty prevails, Corporate appetite for ‘UK PLC’ backs up Simon Gergel's view the UK stock market is one of the cheapest markets in the developed world right now. There are stock opportunities out there and Simon's focus remains on strong franchises with distinct business models.

Warming to investment trusts

150 years since the first investment trust was launched, Adam Gent (AllianzGI’s Head of Retail/Wholesale Northern Europe) looks at how these closed-ended funds have adapted to investors’ needs over time.

Bull vs. Bear: GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a company which divides opinion and in this Investors Chronicle Bull vs Bear episode, Simon Gergel from the Merchants Trust argues the bull case against the ICs pharma specialist (and GSK sceptic), Megan Boxall.

A Value View Episode 3: Respect the Investment Environment

Simon throws a light on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues and what it all means for investors. He explains why sustainability and the ethical impact of investing rank high amongst the broad range of criteria that investors and fund managers consider these days. 

Edition 3: A Value View

In the third of his Sunday Telegraph columns, Simon Gergel looks at the current economic landscape in the UK and explains why he’s not ready to write off the UK’s long-term economic prospects just yet. 

Investment Trust Spring Update

Welcome to the latest Investment Trust Update from Allianz Global Investors. In this issue, we are pleased to share with you; what’s new, ISAs – the clock is ticking, inflation busting Investment Trusts, Awards, the rise of platform investing ( and how to choose), and in the news.

A Value View Episode 2: The Health of the UK PLC

Are London listed equities as UK focused as we think? Why should investors choose the UK? Where we are with interest rates in the UK, and if a rate rise goes ahead how it would affect the outlook of the UK.

Leading lights for investment growth

The Merchants Trust PLC received press coverage in The Mail on Sunday on 25 March 2018. The Trust was profiled in the popular ‘Midas’ column, following a meeting Simon Gergel had with Joanne Hart.

Edition 2: A Value View

In this edition Simon looks at how the landscape for income seekers has changed since the trust began and explains why we believe equities can provide an income when other options fail.

A Value View

Simon Gergel gives his views to the Sunday Telegraph on M&A activity in the UK market and where he is finding value.

Bull vs Bear: BP

For the third episode in Investors Chronicle Bull vs Bear series, Simon Gergel kicks the investment tyres of oil and gas giant BP, one of the biggest dividend payers in the FTSE 100. In the bulls' corner is Simon Gergel, and facing him is natural resources writer (and host) Alex Newman.

A Value View, Episode 1: Brexit and the UK economy

Welcome to “A Value View”, the first in an exciting series of topical podcasts from The Merchants Trust. Each month Simon Gergel, fund manager of The Merchants Trust, will offer his thoughts on developments affecting the UK market, and what they mean for investors.

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