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What is a book cost?

The book cost or 'acquisition cost' is the price you originally paid for your investment.

The book cost is only for units or shares that you still hold (when you sell shares, we apportion the book cost between the shares you are selling and the shares you retain, and so the book cost shown goes down). It includes not only the cost of the investments bought, but also any costs directly related to buying them such as dealing charges on Investment Trusts and ETFs, but not platform and service fees as these charges do not relate to individual funds.