• Scottish Mortgage the most viewed investment company of 2014

• UK & Global sectors make up 75% of most viewed companies

• Global sector average discount narrows by 2.2 percentage points over 2014

Data from the member company pages of the Association of Investment Companies' (AIC) website, www.theaic.co.uk, has revealed which investment companies and sectors were attracting the attention of investors in 2014.

Most viewed companies in 2014

Scottish Mortgage, from the Global sector, was the most viewed investment company on the AIC website in 2014 overall. Murray International, from the Global UK Equity Income sector, was the second most viewed company overall in 2014. City of London, from the UK Equity Income sector, was the third most frequently viewed company overall in 2014. Finsbury Growth & Income (UK Equity Income) was the fourth most viewed overall, and Edinburgh Investment (UK Equity Income) was the fifth most viewed overall.

Member company profile pages include information not only on performance data, but also gearing ranges, interactive graphs, top holdings, geographical weightings, ongoing charges, stock exchange announcements and more.

Global and UK sectors dominate tables

Global and UK focused sectors make up 75% of the most viewed companies in 2014 (fifteen of twenty companies). The Global sector was of most interest, accounting for 35% of the most viewed companies in 2014 (seven of twenty companies). Interestingly, the Global investment company sector as a whole has also seen its discount narrow to 5% at the end of December 2014 compared to 7.2% a year ago. The UK Equity Income sector made up 30% of the most viewed companies (six out of twenty companies). The Global Equity Income sector accounted for 10% of the most viewed companies in 2014 (two out of twenty companies).

Where in the world?

Looking at the other sectors represented, European Assets, from the European Smaller Companies sector was the eighth most frequently viewed company in 2014. The Asia Pacific Excluding Japan sector is represented twice in the twenty most viewed companies in 2014, with Henderson Far East Income featuring (the fifteenth most viewed company), and Aberdeen Asian Income (the seventeenth most viewed company).

Of specialist interest

BlackRock Commodities Income and BlackRock World Mining, both from the Sector Specialist: Commodities and Natural Resources sector, were the ninth and tenth most viewed companies overall in 2014 respectively.

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director, Association of Investment Companies (AIC) said:

"It's to be expected that companies from the Global sector, which includes some of the largest and best-known investment companies, were most popular on the AIC site.  The other dominant theme last year was the demand for income, with the majority of the most popular companies viewed having an income focus."

Twenty most viewed company profile pages on the AIC website in 2014

AIC interest in companies

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