Aim of this survey

The aim of this survey is to collect data on the assets and liabilities of investment trusts at the end of the year.

The data are supplied to national accounts customers for use in the financial and sector accounts and the compilation of UK gross domestic product (GDP) estimates within the UK National Accounts and the UK Balance of Payments. There are numerous other users within and outside government who use the data to produce various financial analyses and to inform policy decisions.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • liabilities and asset balance sheet data as at 31 December

  • overseas investment income

  • overseas assets splits (bar derivatives) by country for equity securities, debt securities with an original maturity of one year or less, debt securities with an original maturity of more than one year

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK domiciled investment trust managers and funds
Population: approximately 90
Sample: approximately 60
Frequency: annual

Dispatch date: 2 January

Return-by date: 8 May

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your trust has been selected from a list of UK investment trusts recognised as such by HM Revenue and Customs for tax purposes. Investment Trusts: Annual Return of Liabilities and Assets and Overseas Income and Interest Paid is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your trust is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

Why you have received this survey

We survey trusts of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy. We select large investment trusts (with fund values above £500 million) for the Investment Trust Survey because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium trusts, usually for a set period of time then replace them with other trusts from their industry.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment, this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Investment Trusts: Annual Return of Liabilities and Assets and Overseas Income and Interest Paid survey on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

If you need help

If your question is not answered on this page, you may be able to find the answer in the About Office for National Statistics (ONS) business surveys section.

You can call us on 01633 456972. Please quote the three-digit survey ID: 119

From outside the UK: +44 1633 456972.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.

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