Monthly Archives: January 2022

Law Debenture Corporation

The Law Debenture Corporation is a London listed investment trust.

The Law Debenture Corporation is founded as a limited company to facilitate the issue of corporate debentures.

The Corporation was established by a group of prominent businessmen, politicians and lawyers, with many of the founders of leading professional firms appearing on the list of original shareholders. This list includes Edwin Waterhouse of Price Waterhouse, now PwC.

The investment objective is to achieve long term capital growth in real terms and steadily increasing income. The aim is to achieve a higher rate of total return than the FTSE Actuaries All Share Index through investing in a diversified portfolio of stocks.

It has grown or maintained for each of the last 40 years consecutively.

The portfolio is typically diversified across approximately 140 stocks, mainly UK focused (typically 66% FTSE, 33% small and mid-cap) with the remaining holdings distributed across North America, Europe, Asia and rest of world where opportunities arise to build positions in organisations with an attractive profile. It holds no sector allocation constraints facilitating rotation into sectors which offer best long term value.

The portfolio turnover is low. Our patient approach, allowing for the realisation of fair value, has enabled it to outperform our benchmark significantly.

Top Ten Equity Holdings:-

GlaxoSmithKline 2.7% of the fund
Barclays 2.1% of the fund
Royal Dutch Shell 2.1% of the fund
BP 2.0% of the fund
HSBC 1.9% of the fund
Rio Tinto 1.8% of the fund
Accsys Technologies 1.6% of the fund
Ceres Power 1.6% of the fund
Severn Trent 1.5% of the fund
Marks & Spencer 1.5% of the fund

HM Government Borrowings: December 2021

Another month, guess what, take a lucky guess, it is the same old story, HM Government, spends more money than it receives via taxes and duties.
Now we are in a Covid 19 world. UK’s HM Government needs to fund many new demands. []

Another deficit month, thus to bridge the gap, needs to borrow on the bond market In December 2021, the HM Government had to borrow money to meet the difference between tax revenues and public sector expenditure. The term for this is The PSNCR: The Public Sector Net Cash Requirement. There were “only” 2 auctions of Gilts (UK Government Bonds) by the UK Debt Management Office to raise cash for HM Treasury:-

07-Dec-2021 1¼% Treasury Gilt 2051 £1,875.0000 Million
01-Dec-2021 1% Treasury Gilt 2032 £2,250.0000 Million


£1,875.0000 Million + £2,250.0000 Million = £4,125 Million

£4,125 Million = £4.125 Billion

On another way of looking at it, is in the 31 days in December 2021, HM Government borrowed:- £133.0645161290323 Million each day for the 31 days.

We are fortunate, while the global banking and financial markets still has the confidence in HM Government to buy the Gilts (Lend money to the UK), the budget deficit keeps rising. What is also alarming, is the dates these bond mature from 2032 through to 2051. All long term borrowings, we are mortgaging our futures, but at least “We Are In It Together……

Assets of The Witan Trust PLC

Witan is an investment trust which aims to grow shareholders’ wealth and outperform through active investment primarily in listed individual companies across a broad spread of global equity markets.

Witan employs an active multi-manager approach, allocating funds for investment by selected managers with different styles and specialisations

Lansdowne Partners Global 19% of portfolio
Veritas Global 19% of portfolio
Lindsell Train Global 15% of portfolio
WCM Global 12% of portfolio
Jennison Global 6% of portfolio
Artemis UK 6% of portfolio


Top 20 holdings (%)
GMO Climate Change Fund 5.0% of the trust
Apax Global Alpha 2.9% of the trust
Princess Private Equity 2.1% of the trust
Alphabet 1.8% of the trust
Unilever 1.7% of the trust
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 1.5% of the trust
Intuit 1.5% of the trust
BlackRock World Mining 1.4% of the trust
Charter Communications 1.3% of the trust
Diageo 1.3% of the trust
Syncona 1.3% of the trust
Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust 1.1% of the trust
Amazon 1.0% of the trust
BT 1.0% of the trust
Microsoft 1.0% of the trust
Relx 1.0% of the trust
Nintendo 1.0% of the trust
CVS Health 1.0% of the trust
Natwest 0.9% of the trust
Heineken 0.9% of the trust

Top 10 Holdings 20.5% of the trust
Top 20 Holdings 30.7% of the trust

The Capital Gearing Trust PLC

The Capital Gearing Trust PLC is a London Listed Investment Trust.

The investment objective, is to preserve, and over time to grow shareholder’s real wealth.

Largest Equity / Fund holdings:-
ishares MSCI JP ESG Screened ETF 4.3%
Grainger 2.1%
Ishares FTSE 100 ETF 2.0%
North Atlantic Smaller Co 1.9%
Secure Income 1.9%

Largest Bond Holdings:-
UK I/L 0.125% 22/03/24 4.7%
US I/L 1.375% 15/02/44 1.7%
US I/L 0.125% 15/04/26 1.3%
US I/L 0.75% 15/02/45 1.2%
JP I/L 0.10% 10/03/29 1.2%

Fund/equity breakdown
Equities 18%
Property 17%
Loans 4%
Infrastructure 6%
Private Equity / Hedge 1%

Fund Size £921m
No. of holdings 219

The Company has delivered amongst the best returns of any London listed investment trust, achieving annual 15.2% share price total returns since 1982 and with 38 out of 39 years producing positive returns. Total shareholder returns are 277x over that period. YTD performance is 9.1% and10.1% over the past 12 months (net of fees).

3i Infrastructure Jan 2022 Dividend.

Yesterday 3i Infrastructure PLC paid out its January dividend.

5.225p a share

Company’s issued share capital as at 8.00 a.m. on 15 March 2018 consisted of 810,434,010 ordinary shares with voting rights.


810,434,010 x £0.05225 = £42,345,177.0225

That is £42 million

Assets of The Alliance Trust PLC

ALLIANCE TRUST PLC ATST Stock | London Stock Exchange

Alliance Trust aims to be a core equity holding for investors that delivers a real return over the long term through a combination of capital growth and a rising dividend. The Company invests primarily in global equities across a wide range of industries and sectors


Alphabet £195.0m 5.3% of the trust
Microsoft £123.7m 3.3% of the trust
Visa £101.4m 2.7% of the trust
Amazon £95.3m 2.6% of the trust £82.1m 2.2% of the trust
Facebook £67.7m 1.8% of the trust
Charter Communications £63.3m 1.7% of the trust
KKR £58.7m 1.6% of the trust
Nvidia £57.1m 1.5% of the trust
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing £56.7m 1.5% of the trust
Mastercard £55.6m 1.5% of the trust
UnitedHealth Group £52.8m 1.4% of the trust
GlaxoSmithKline £44.3m 1.2% of the trust
Petrol Brasileiros £41.9m 1.1% of the trust
Baidu £40.3m 1.1% of the trust
Transdigm £36.3m 1.0% of the trust
Booz Allen Hamilton £35.5m 1.0% of the trust
CVS Health £34.5m 0.9% of the trust
Walt Disney £34.0m 0.9% of the trust
Booking Holdings £33.1m 0.9% of the trust

Top 10 holdings 24.2%
Top 20 holdings 35.2%

The L&G Clean Water UCITS ETF

The L&G Clean Water UCITS ETF aims to track the performance of the Solactive Clean Water Index. The Fund has a sustainable investment objective as it invests in companies which (i) contribute to environmental objectives, (ii) do not significantly harm any environmental or social objectives, and (iii) follow good governance practices.

The top ten holdings are:-

Gorman-Rupp Company 2.3% of the fund
Tetra Tech 2.3% of the fund
Watts Water Technologies 2.2% of the fund
Evoqua Water Technologies 2.1% of the fund
Alfa Laval 2.0% of the fund
Kadant 2.0% of the fund
Rotork 2.0% of the fund
Mueller Water Products 2.0% of the fund
Franklin Electric 2.0% of the fund
Forterra 2.0% of the fund

The Personal Assets Trust

The Personal Assets Trust

Personal Assets Trust is an investment trust with the ability to invest globally. Its investment policy is to protect and increase (in that order) the value of shareholders’ funds per share over the long term

The assets it holds are:-

Microsoft £108,237,288 6.3% of the trust
Alphabet £99,920,601 5.8% of the trust
Visa £64,350,410 3.7% of the trust
Nestlé £61,391,304 3.6% of the trust
Unilever £60,267,547 3.5% of the trust
Diageo £56,826,054 3.3% of the trust
American Express £44,871,263 2.6% of the trust
Medtronic £42,968,921 2.5% of the trust
Franco-Nevada £36,714,535 2.1% of the trust
Agilent Technology £33,282,318 1.9% of the trust
Other Equities £31,932,260 1.9% of the trust
Becton Dickinson £27,911,066 1.6% of the trust
Procter & Gamble £22,447,067 1.3% of the trust
TOTAL EQUITIES £691,120,634 40.1% of the trust
Gold Bullion (Bars) £141,103,707 8.2% of the trust
US Index Linked Bonds £514,425,853 29.9% of the trust
Cash and UK T-Bills £372,617,824 21.6% of the trust
Direct Property £2,143,985 0.1% of the trust

SHAREHOLDERS’ FUNDS £1,721,412,003 100.0