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What is net asset value (NAV)?

The net asset value (NAV) is the value per share of all the assets owned by the investment trust, usually expressed as a 'per share' figure. If the holdings of an investment trust, less any debt, are worth £1 million and there are two million shares in issue, the NAV per share is 50p.

If the trust's assets increase in value, the NAV will grow, and vice versa. Growth in the NAV over time is used to measure the performance of the manager.

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