Important information for investors in Woodford Equity Income

4th June 2019

Woodford Investment announced yesterday that, with immediate effect, trading would be suspended in the Equity Income fund. This means that no units can be purchased, sold, switched or transferred until further notice.

Neil Woodford has posted a video to investors which can be viewed below. 

Neil has also written to clients with an update - if you wish to view his letter please click here

The suspension will come as a surprise to investors but those still with holdings in the fund should not panic.

The value of investments is not affected by the decision to suspend dealing, it is still dependent on the price of the shares of companies held within it. The value of an individual’s investment may, therefore, fall or rise during the suspension.

Income will continue to be paid out to clients during the suspension. Reinvested income will be paid into the relevant ISA or GIA account and units will be held in clients' cash facility until either we receive an instruction from our clients or a deal is keyed online. The same will happen with monthly contributions into the fund.

The suspension has been put in place to protect the remaining shareholders in the fund following some large withdrawals recently. This will allow the fund manager to reposition the fund without having to sell holdings quickly at a potentially unfavourable price.

We understand that the suspension will be in place for at least 28 days.

The team at Woodford have set up a dedicated online help centre which can be found via their website. Over the coming weeks, Neil will take part in live web question and answer sessions where he will update you on progress and answer any questions you may have. 

We will update you further as we receive more information.

If you require further information or have any questions about this, please contact our customer services team on 08085 498 477 or email [email protected]