Scottish Investment Trust (The) PLC is a self-managed investment trust. Its objective is to provide investors with above-average returns over the long term through a diversified portfolio of international equities and to achieve dividend growth ahead of UK inflation. The company invests in an integrated portfolio constructed through a process whereby assets are allocated on the basis of the investment merits of individual stocks rather than those of regions or themes. The company's portfolio is actively managed and typically will contain 70 to 120 listed international equity investments. The portfolio is widely diversified both by industrial sector and geographic location of investments in order to spread investment risk.