How to buy Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (SMT) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares.

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC (SMT) is a leading asset management business based in the UK. In the week up to 10 January Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares plunged 14.84% to a closing position of 1139p. However, over the last 12 months, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's share price has risen by 8.25% from 1279p. Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: SMT in this case.
  5. Research Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Fees for buying 50x Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares with popular platforms

Share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£692.25 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.85
£694.10 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£700.25 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£704.20 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£700.24 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£692.25 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£701.75 total
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Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust share price (LSE:SMT)

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Is it a good time to buy Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust stock?

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Is Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 3x. In other words, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares trade at around 3x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

How has coronavirus impacted Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 1109.5p, which is 42.32% up on its pre-crash value of 640p and 145.57% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 451.8p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £785.93 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £1,855.31.

Environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust.

Total ESG risk score

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's total ESG risk: 24.52

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's overall score of 24.52 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Environmental score

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's environmental score: 0.68/100

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's environmental score of 0.68 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's social score: 11.92/100

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's social score of 11.92 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's governance score: 8.93/100

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 24.52
Total ESG percentile 2
Environmental score 0.68
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 11.92
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 8.93
Governance score percentile 2

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-01.
Open1416p
High1431.5p
Low1382.5p
Close1384.5p
Previous close1428p
Change-43.5p
Change %-3.0462%
Volume4,079,922
Information last updated 2022-01-19.
52-week range947.2345p - 1568.5p
50-day moving average1378.53p
200-day moving average1335.623p
PE ratio2.8994
Dividend yield3.5p (0.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM)385.6p

Do Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares pay dividends?

0.3%

Dividend yield: 0.31% of stock value

0.3%

Forward annual dividend yield: 0.25% of stock value

0.9%

Dividend payout ratio: 0.9% of net profits

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.31% of its share value annually.

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust has paid out, on average, around 0.9% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.25% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 0.25% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's case, that would currently equate to about 3.5p per share.

While Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's shares have ranged in value from as little as 947.2345p up to 1568.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SMT.LSE volatility(beta: 0.57)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's is 0.5733. This would suggest that Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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