Frequently Asked Questions
General
How can I find out about Alliance Trust’s performance?

You can find out more on our performance in our latest factsheet.

How do I buy shares in Alliance Trust?

Details on how to buy shares in the Trust can be found on our How to Buy page.

How do I contact Alliance Trust?

You will find our email address, address and phone number on the Contact Us page.

Where can I get advice on investing?

Alliance Trust is not authorised to give financial or investment advice. If you are considering buying Alliance Trust PLC shares, but are uncertain about how to do it, we recommend you speak to an independent financial adviser or stockbroker.

To find a financial adviser in your area, please visit: unbiased.co.uk or vouchedfor.co.uk. To find a stockbroker in your area please visit: pimfa.co.uk

 

 

Can IFAs recommend Alliance Trust shares to individual investors?

Yes. Alliance Trust PLC currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by IFAs to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products, and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products, because they are shares in an Investment Trust.

What are the SEDOL and ISIN numbers for shares?

The SEDOL number is B11V7W9 and the ISIN number for shares is GB00B11V7W98.

I have changed my name or address, who should I contact?

Any change of address or name details for shares registered in your own name should be sent to the Registrars as soon as possible:

Computershare Investor Services PLC
Leven House
10 Lochside Place
Edinburgh Park
Edinburgh
EH12 9DF

Why have I received a letter from ‘Georgeson’?

Alliance Trust has appointed Georgeson (a trading name of Computershare Investor Services PLC, the Registrars of Alliance Trust) to complete a tracing and engagement exercise with the aim of locating lost or unengaged shareholders in the Company. Should you receive a letter from Georgeson, you may contact them on 0800 408 0093 or email them at assetreunification@georgeson.com for further information.

Do you offer an ISA or regular savings plan?

No. We do not offer these ourselves. You can, however, buy and hold our shares in an ISA or other investment wrapper offered by a number of investment platforms including our subsidiary company, Alliance Trust Savings.

How do I make a complaint?

If you have a complaint, please call us on 01382 321010 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. We will do our best to resolve your issue as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email us at investor@alliancetrust.co.uk or write to us at

8 West Marketgait
Dundee DD1 1QN

If your complaint is about Alliance Trust Savings, you can find details about how to make a complaint here.

Who is Alliance Trust’s Investment Manager?

Alliance Trust’s Board has designed a unique structure to achieve its investment goals.

It has appointed Towers Watson Investment Management* (Ireland) Limited (TWIMI) as the Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) for the trust. TWIMI has assigned the investment management of the Alliance Trust portfolio to its specialist division Towers Watson Investment Management Limited (TWIM). TWIMI and TWIM are both part of Willis Towers Watson (WTW), a leading global advisory business with a reputation for innovation.

Willis Towers Watson is responsible for setting the overall investment direction for the trust and supervising the Trust’s nine constituent portfolios, each of which is managed by best-in-class** equity managers. Most of these managers are not accessible to individual investors in the UK.

Craig Baker, Global Chief Investment Officer at Willis Towers Watson, chairs the Investment Committee that manages the Alliance Trust portfolio. The Investment Committee is responsible for the implementation of Alliance Trust’s investment proposition on behalf of WTW.

* The entities within the Willis Towers Watson group responsible for the management of the Alliance Trust investment portfolio are Towers Watson Investment Management (Ireland) Limited (TWIMI) as the AIFM and Towers Watson Investment Management Limited (TWIM) as the investment manager and a delegate of the AIFM.

** As rated by Willis Towers Watson.

Who are Alliance Trust’s equity managers?

Our Investment Manager, WTW, operates a multi-manager approach and has selected eight best-in-class* equity managers from around the world. Each is responsible for a part of the overall portfolio, investing only in their best ideas. Most of these managers are not otherwise accessible to individual investors in the UK.

Equity Manager

Bill Kanko
Black Creek Investment Management

Pierre Py and Greg Herr
First Pacific Advisors (FPA)

Rajiv Jain
GQG Partners

Ben Whitmore
Jupiter Asset Management

Andrew Wellington
Lyrical Asset Management

Hugh Sergeant
River and Mercantile Asset Management

George Fraise, Gordon Marchand and Rob Rohn
Sustainable Growth Advisers (SGA)

Andy Headley
Veritas Asset Management

*As rated by Willis Towers Watson.

How do I find out more about Willis Towers Watson and the equity managers?

You will find more information on our Investment Manager, Willis Towers Watson, and the eight equity managers at the websites below:

Willis Towers Watson

willistowerswatson.com

Black Creek Investment Management

bcim.ca

 

First Pacific Advisors (FPA)

fpafunds.com

GQG Partners

gqgpartners.com

Jupiter Asset Management

jupiteram.com

Lyrical Asset Management

lyricalam.com

River and Mercantile Asset Management

riverandmercantile.com

Sustainable Growth Advisers (SGA)

sgadvisers.com

Veritas Asset Management

veritas-asset.com

 

Dividends
When will quarterly dividends be paid?

Alliance Trust PLC pays its dividends quarterly on or about the end of December, March, June and September. 

How do I apply for a duplicate dividend tax voucher?

If you are a named shareholder, you can do this simply by contacting the Registrars.

If you own the shares through Alliance Trust Savings, please contact Client Services on 01382 573737 or email contact@alliancetrust.co.uk

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)
If I cannot attend the Alliance Trust AGM, can I appoint a proxy?

Yes you can. Full details will be given in the Notice of Annual General Meeting, which we send to shareholders ahead of the meeting. There is also a convenient online proxy voting service provided by our Registrars. Find more information on electronic shareholder communications.

Can I access my AGM documentation online?

Yes you can. To do this, you will need to access the Registrars' website. Please have your shareholder reference number to hand, which you can find on your share certificate and dividend tax voucher. Please click here for further information about our electronic shareholder communications services.

Do I have to pay to attend an Alliance Trust AGM?

Definitely not. We believe it’s really important that the private shareholder's voice is heard at the AGM. So there is no cost for attending if the shares are registered in your own name.
If you hold your Alliance Trust shares through a nominee (other than Alliance Trust Savings) and they arrange for you to attend our AGM as their proxy, we will not make a charge but the nominee may.

Alliance Trust Investments
Where can I find out more about Alliance Trust Investments?

Alliance Trust Investments was acquired by Liontrust Asset Management PLC on 1 April 2017 and is no longer part of the Alliance Trust PLC group of companies. For any questions relating to Alliance Trust Investments, now named Liontrust Investments Limited, please contact Liontrust directly: www.liontrust.co.uk 

Alliance Trust Savings
Where can I find out more about Alliance Trust Savings?

Alliance Trust Savings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alliance Trust PLC and it operates an award-winning investment platform offering access to a wide range of investment options.  

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