WTAN aims to deliver long-term growth in income and capital through active multi-manager investment in global equities. Funds are currently allocated to 10 external managers, and up to 12.5% is directly invested in specialist funds and smaller, niche managers. WTAN seeks external managers with the conviction to take views that may diverge from benchmark weightings.
Witan Investment Trust (WTAN) can be considered as a ‘one-stop shop’ for investment in global equities. Since 2004, it has employed a multi-manager strategy; there are currently 10 third-party managers, while around 10% of the trust is invested directly in specialist funds. WTAN outperformed its composite benchmark in FY19 and has now increased its annual dividend in each of the last 45 consecutive years. While global stock markets are currently under significant pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak, WTAN’s CEO and investment director are ‘optimistic’ on the prospects for equities with a medium to long-term view, while acknowledging short-term challenges. They believe that given the announced fiscal and monetary stimuli across the globe, the economic recovery, when it happens, could be quite dramatic.