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Celebrating 130 years: interview with Mary Ann Sieghart

To mark 130 years of The Merchants Trust, Non-Executive Director Mary Ann Sieghart talks about her role and responsibilities as a member of the Trust’s independent board. Mary Ann also reflects on why the Trust was set up in 1889, its aims then and now and how its structure has evolved over time.

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Investment trusts are among the oldest forms of investment vehicle. They are public limited companies (PLCs), just like the shares of the companies in which they invest, but their sole aim is to generate returns for investors. Each trust is a company listed and traded on the London Stock Exchange that has its own independent board of directors whose duty it is to look after your interests as an investor.

Investment trusts allow you spread your risk, as you are not reliant on the fortunes of just one or two companies.

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