Woodford unveils new fund details

Neil Woodford, Britain’s best-known fund manager, announced details of what may be the largest fund launch ever in the UK. Woodford Investment Management will begin accepting money into the CF Woodford Equity Income Fund on 2 June.

Investors are expected to shift billions of pounds from the Invesco Perpetual funds previously run by Woodford to his new firm.

What the commentators said

Woodford “has enjoyed a great start”, said Gavin Lumsden on Citywire.co.uk. His firm has won a £3.5bn mandate from St James’ Place, which immediately puts it into the top third of UK managers by assets.

The strong track record he built up over 25 years at Invesco Perpetual should encourage plenty of other investors to switch. But if he needs an “ace up his sleeve”, it will be fees, said Holly Black on Thisismoney.co.uk.

The new fund has an all-in fee of 0.75% per year. Invesco Perpetual High Income has ongoing charges of 1.17%. This raises the prospect of a price war as Invesco tries to prevent defections – good news for cost-conscious investors, said Lumsden.

66% off newsstand price

12 issues (and much more) for just £12

That’s right. We’ll give you 12 issues of MoneyWeek magazine, complete access to our exclusive web articles, our latest wealth building reports and videos as well as our subscriber-only email… for just £12.

That’s just £1 per week for Britain’s best-selling financial magazine.

Click here to take advantage of our offer

Britain is leaving the European Union. Donald Trump is reducing America’s role in global markets. Both will have profound consequences for you as an investor.

MoneyWeek analyses the critical issues facing British investors on a weekly basis. And, unlike other publications, we provide you with the solutions to help you turn a situation to your financial advantage.

Take up our offer today, and we’ll send you three of our most important investment reports:

All three of these reports are yours when you take up our 12 issues for £12 offer today.

MoneyWeek has been advising private British investors on what to do with their money since 2000. Our calls over that period have enabled our readers to both make and save a great deal of money – hence our position as the UK’s most-trusted investment publication.

Click here to subscribe for just £12