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M&G has announced today (20th April) the reopening of their property funds after 17 months of suspended trading. The funds are scheduled to become available for trading from noon on 10th May.

Investment & Retirement Solutions Ltd has not recommended these funds to clients in recent years, however, we have a number of new clients with existing exposure. We will be determining the most appropriate course of action as part of our routine “review and improve” service.

The full M&G announcement is available here and is reproduced below.

We would like to draw your attention to the risk warnings shown in “Notices” at the bottom of this page.

20/04/2021 - M&G Property Portfolio to reopen for dealing M&G Investments announces that it will reopen the M&G Property Portfolio and its feeder fund, the M&G Feeder of Property Portfolio (the Funds) for dealing as of midday on 10 May 2021. The decision to lift the suspension has been taken by the Fund’s Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) and its Depositary, who are now satisfied the Fund has a suitable liquidity position for customers who wish to sell their investment and for those who wish to remain invested. The Financial Conduct Authority has also been notified. A total of 38 carefully selected properties have been exchanged or sold by the Fund’s Manager, Justin Upton, resulting in reduced portfolio risk, strengthening the Fund’s income stream and decreasing the vacancy rate to 7.2%. All assets sold or exchanged during suspension were at a combined -0.1% discount to their net asset value, of which 38.8% were disposals of Retail properties. Cash now stands at 33.2%*. At a sector level, the Fund has reduced exposure to Retail from 38.4% to 28.1% and is now overweight to Industrials. Assets in the Office sector are focused on Central Business Districts. The portfolio’s exposure to prime and good secondary assets will enhance distribution potential. More than 90% of both rental income and service charges for 2020 has been collected and the Fund has delivered an income distribution of 4.7%. Laurence Mumford, Chair of the Fund’s ACD, M&G Securities Limited, comments: “We deeply regret the inconvenience that suspension has caused our customers and clients. The decision to suspend was taken to protect the interests of all of our investors, enabling the fund manager to sell assets in an orderly fashion. We believe this has preserved value for customers, while also maintaining the integrity and future prospects of the fund.” The next three weeks will give clients and customers the time to consider their investment in the Fund. It should also allow external investment platforms the time to make necessary arrangements for the Fund to be available on their trading systems. M&G is also making several changes to the Funds, including the pricing methodology, which will change to dual pricing on a full spread basis from 25 June. This will provide greater dealing clarity, reduce the potential for large price fluctuations and provide stronger alignment with the Fund’s long term horizon. In addition, the recently updated target cash weighting - circa 20% in normal market conditions - will enhance liquidity management. M&G will bear the costs of implementing these changes and a letter with a detailed explanation of the changes is being sent to M&G’s customers and clients, which can be found on our here. In recognition of the inconvenience caused to customers and clients, M&G has waived 30% of the Funds annual charge during suspension. This will continue until the Fund reopens. M&G will also continue to waive the fee on cash held above 20% until the end of 2021.

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