Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust

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Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust

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Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust () is a publicly-traded investment trust. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The Company was founded by Philip Rose, who also founded the Royal Brompton Hospital, in 1868 as The Foreign & Colonial Government Trust: it was the first collective investment scheme in the world and specialised in investing in Government bonds. In 1891 it changed its name to The Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust: it first started investing in equities in 1925. In 1981, F&C launched Graphite Capital, a leading UK private equity firm.


The Company has assets under management of approximately £2.5 billion and holds stakes in over 600 different companies in 35 countries worldwide. The Company is managed by Jeremy Tigue of F&C Management Limited, a subsidiary of F&C Asset Management plc.


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Further reading

  • F&C – A History of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust by Neil McKendrick and John Newlands, 1999.

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