first_img There’s no denying that Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT) shares have had a stellar run. Investors who purchased the stock at the start of 2020 are sitting on some very attractive gains.Scottish Mortgage shares increased 107% last year, but is this rise set to continue? Here are five reasons why I’m still buying the investment trust in 2021.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…#1 – Technology exposureTechnology remains a key theme in Scottish Mortgage’s concentrated investment portfolio. Stocks such as Amazon and Alibaba are within the top 10 holdings of the trust.Technology companies performed well in 2020 as many people adapted to working from home during the pandemic. I think this trend is likely to continue into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis is far from over and some behavioural shifts will become permanent.I believe last year highlighted the changing needs of consumers. The way we communicate with each other and the increasing amount of data available mean that going forward companies will need technology to adapt and innovate. Scottish Mortgage shares are well positioned to reap the rewards from this demand.#2 – Experienced investment duoScottish Mortgage is run by investment duo James Anderson and Tom Slater. Both have been with Baillie Gifford, the asset manager behind the trust, for a long time.They have a wealth of experience and are not afraid to take large positions. Tesla, which has had a phenomenal run, makes up 12% of the portfolio. Anderson and Slater have done well to maintain the position since the company was included in the S&P 500 index at the end of 2020.Although Scottish Mortgage shares are at all-time highs, I know that I’m really paying for the investment experience of the fund managers.#3 – Long-term track recordI don’t think Scottish Mortgage’s impressive performance is a fluke. The trust has consistently performed well over the long term. This shows me that the fund managers are adaptable and can deliver strong returns during various market conditions.This really emphasises my second reason for buying Scottish Mortgage shares. I’m paying for the investment experience of Anderson and Slater.#4 – Unquoted companiesWhen buying Scottish Mortgage shares, not only do I get exposure to some great public stocks, but there’s a weighting towards unquoted companies. These are generally younger businesses that aren’t listed on the stock market. Instead they will approach investors like Scottish Mortgage to expand and develop.Anderson and Slater have approximately 17% of their portfolio invested in unquoted companies and they think this space is full of compelling opportunities. Current unquoted holdings include Stripe and TransferWise.This mix of public and private companies in a portfolio means that I’m getting the best of both worlds.#5 – Cost focusWhat I think is refreshing is the fund managers’ focus on driving down the cost of investing. Unlike Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square, Scottish Mortgage doesn’t charge a hefty performance fee. The investment trust also has a competitive ongoing charge of 0.36%.In my opinion, Scottish Mortgage shares offer investors a low-cost global portfolio with an impressive long-term track record. For these reasons I would still buy the stock in 2021. 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