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Blog

Fund suspension extension

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 1 July 2019 2 min read

Link’s decision to continue with the suspension of the Equity Income fund is to ensure maximum protection for all investor’s interests.

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Fund suspension update from Neil

Neil Woodford 4 June 2019 4 min read

Neil Woodford’s statement to investors on the suspension of the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund.

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Insights

April roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 3 May 2019 7 min read

Global equity markets continued to move higher in April, with similar preferences evident to those that have prevailed for much of the last three years. Accordingly, the UK market’s leadership again came principally from Asian-exposed businesses…

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LF Woodford Equity Income: a portfolio update

Neil Woodford 3 May 2019 10 min read

In recent months there has been considerable commentary about the shape of the portfolios Neil manages, in particular, the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF). In light of this, Neil explains why the fund is positioned as it is today and what this means for investors in the months ahead…

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Insights

March roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 5 April 2019 6 min read

Global equity markets continued to move higher in March, allowing the UK stock market to deliver its biggest quarterly total return in six years. Leadership of the UK stock market was, as has been the case for much of the last three years, dominated by the large, global dollar-earners, such as the oil majors, mining companies and consumer goods companies. Meanwhile, data from across much of the global economy continued to disappoint expectations.

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February roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 6 March 2019 5 min read

A review of key events in February 2019, a month in which most major regional stock markets posted further gains for the year, helped by a dovish tone from the Federal Reserve, a stronger oil price and suggestions of a thaw in China-US trade relations. The roundup also includes updates on holdings such as Barratt Developments, Provident Financial and Proton Partners International…

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Blog

Unquoted transaction: follow-up questions

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 6 March 2019 7 min read

We wanted to take the opportunity to answer some of your follow-up questions relating to the transaction announced last week, in which the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund (the fund) has transferred some of the portfolio’s individual unquoted stocks to Woodford Patient Capital Trust (the trust) in exchange for shares in the trust.

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Blog

Transfer of unquoted assets

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 1 March 2019 3 min read

We wanted to let you know that the LF Woodford Equity Income Fund (the fund) has transferred some of the portfolio’s individual unquoted stocks to Woodford Patient Capital Trust (the trust) in exchange for shares in the trust. This step signals the start of a strategy to switch the fund’s unquoted exposure from individual unquoted holdings to shares in the trust.

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Insights

January roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 4 February 2019 5 min read

Equity markets enjoyed a robust start to the year, rebounding from December’s declines. Global macroeconomic data appeared to resonate more with the market behaviour at the end of last year, however, with weakness particularly evident in China and Europe, and growing concerns about the outlook for the US economy. We expect the US to join the rest of the world in this more challenging economic environment, with very few regional economies possessing enough internal momentum to withstand the slowdown that is already in train…

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Insights

December roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 9 January 2019 5 min read

December was another volatile month for global equities. Markets continued to be buffeted by concerns about the global economic environment and the extent of valuation stretch among popular growth stocks, particularly in the technology sector. As the Brexit talks move through their final stages, the UK market was especially volatile, with rapid changes in the perceived balance of probabilities causing sharp shifts in intra-month performance.

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What are the risks?

  • The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up, so you may get back less than you invested
  • Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance
  • The ongoing charges figure is charged to capital, so the income of the funds may be higher but capital growth may be restricted or capital may be eroded
  • The funds may invest in other transferable securities, money market instruments, warrants, collective investment schemes and deposits – some of these security types could increase the funds’ volatility and increase the level of indirect charges to which the funds are exposed
  • The funds and trust may invest in overseas securities and be exposed to currencies other than pound sterling – as a result, exchange rate movements may cause the sterling value of these investments and the income from them, to fluctuate
  • The LF Woodford Income Focus Fund will be invested in a concentrated portfolio of securities – the fund is not restricted by reference to any geographical region, sector or market capitalisation
  • The LF Woodford Equity Income Fund and the Woodford Patient Capital Trust may invest in unquoted securities, which may be less liquid and more difficult to value, because they are generally not publicly traded – the lack of an open market may also make it more difficult to establish fair value
  • The price of shares in the Woodford Patient Capital Trust is determined by market supply and demand, and this may be different to the net asset value of the trust. This means the price may be volatile in response to changes in demand
  • Long-term outcomes are more binary – extremely attractive rewards for success but some businesses will inevitably fail to fulfil their potential and this may expose investors to the risk of capital losses
  • Young businesses have a different risk profile to mature blue-chip companies – risks are much more stock-specific, which implies a lower correlation with equity markets and the wider economy – it can take years for young businesses to fulfil their potential, this investment requires patience

Important information

Before investing, you should read the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) for the fund – or Key Information Document (KID) for the trust – and the Prospectus which, along with our terms and conditions, can be obtained from the downloads page or from our registered office. If you have a financial adviser, you should seek their advice before investing. Woodford Investment Management Ltd is not authorised to provide investment advice.

The Woodford Patient Capital Trust currently intends to conduct its affairs so that its securities can be recommended by IFAs to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The securities are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.

The Woodford Funds (Ireland) ICAV (the “Fund”) has appointed as Swiss Representative Oligo Swiss Fund Services SA, Av. Villamont 17, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland. The Fund’s Swiss paying agent is Neue Helvetische Bank AG. All fund documentation including, Prospectus, Key Investor Information Documents, Instrument of Incorporation and financial reports may be obtained free of charge from the Swiss Representative in Lausanne. The place of performance and jurisdiction for all shares distributed in or from Switzerland is at the registered office of the Swiss Representative. Fund prices can be found at www.fundinfo.com.

 

Woodford Investment Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (firm reference number 745433). Incorporated in England and Wales, company number 10118169. Registered address 9400 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2HN.

Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc is incorporated in England and Wales, company number 09405653. Registered as an investment company under section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. Registered address Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP.

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