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Preference funds: Fund updates

Fund Mergers - JPMorgan prefixed Luxembourg SICAV Funds - Published: 14 Apr 2016

On 20 May 2016 JPMorgan Asset Management will be rationalising their Luxembourg SICAV duplicate share classes by merging “JPMorgan” prefixed share classes into the equivalent “JPM” prefixed share class of the same sub-fund. This affects our closed guided-architecture product Preference. We will be taking action ahead of the merger. Click on this story for more details and to view samples of the letters we have issued to policyholders and investment advisers.

Fund Merger - BlackRock Global Funds - Global Equity Fund - Published: 09 Oct 2015

On 25 September 2015 BlackRock merged its BlackRock Global Funds – Global Equity Fund into its BlackRock Global Funds – Global Opportunities Fund. The merger impacts the following closed products: Preference and Prosper. Click on this story for full details.

Investment Policy Changes - Schroder ISF Asian Opportunities Fund - Published: 06 Oct 2015

Schroders are clarifying the investment objective and policy of the fund in order to provide investors with greater transparency on the fund’s investment strategy. The changes impact the following closed products: Preference and Prosper. Click on this story for full details.

Objective Change - Invesco Global High Income Fund - Published: 22 May 2015

Invesco Global Asset Management will be making changes to the investment objective and policy of the Invesco Global High Income Fund on 7 August 2015. The changes affect our closed product: Preference. Policyholders and Investment Advisers have been written to about the changes. Click on this story for the full details and to view sample letters.

Portfolio Holdings Change - BNY Mellon Global Equity Fund - Published: 13 Mar 2015

Following a review, BNY Mellon will be making a small amendment to the number of holdings held within the fund. The fund will move to a more concentrated portfolio of around 60-90 holdings. This impacts the following guided-architecture products: Kudos, LifePlan, Preference, Prosper and Protected Lifestyle. Click on this story for full details.

Fund merger - Henderson Global Focus Fund - Published: 29 Oct 2013

Subject to shareholder approval, Henderson Global Investors will merge the Henderson Global Focus Fund into the Henderson International Fund on 14 November 2013. The merger affects our closed product: Preference. Affected policyholders have been written to about the merger. Click on this story for the full details and to view sample policyholder and adviser letters.

Fund Merger - JPMorgan Global Bond Fund (USD) - Published: 11 Oct 2013

JPMorgan have announced that on the 29 November 2013 they will merge the JPMorgan Bond Fund (USD) into the JPMorgan Aggregate Bond Fund (USD). The merger affects the following closed product: Preference. Policyholders have been written to about the merger. Click on this story for the full details and to view sample policyholder letters.

Closing to subscriptions - BlackRock Global Funds - Continental European Flexible Fund - Published: 08 Oct 2013

BlackRock will be closing their BlackRock Global Funds – Continental European Flexible fund to subscriptions on 7 November 2013 as the fund is nearing capacity. In order to ensure the fund is kept within a size that enables it to be optimally managed and in the best interests of shareholders, they will close subscriptions to both existing and new investors. The closure affects the following closed products: Preference and Prosper. Policyholders have been written to about the closure. Click on this story for the full details and to view sample policyholder letters.

Fund closure - BNY Mellon Sterling Bond - Published: 25 Apr 2013

BNY Mellon have announced the closure of their BNY Mellon Sterling Bond effective on or around the 25 April 2013. Following a review the Directors of the BNY Mellon Global Funds plc have concluded that the small size of the fund may be preventing it from achieving the economies of scale in ongoing operating costs that would best serve the interest of investors in the fund. The closure affects the following closed products: Preference and Prosper. Affected policyholders have been written to.

Brand changes - JPMorgan/JF Funds - Published: 16 Jan 2013

JPMorgan have advised that they are removing the ‘JF’ brand from their funds. With effect from 4 February 2013, any JPMorgan fund that had 'JF' in its name will now be referred to as JPMorgan (for example, JF Singapore will become JPMorgan Singapore). We have a range of JF funds in both our new business and closed products. For the new business products the changes will be reflected in the published Investment Guides. The changes affect the following products: Prosper, Preference, Oracle, Quantum, Paragon and PIMS. Policyholder letters have been issued for the closed products.

Fund Closure – Invesco Sterling Reserve - Published: 03 May 2012

The board of directors of Invesco Global Asset Management Limited have decided to close their Invesco Sterling Reserve Fund on 10 July 2012. As the size of the fund has reduced to a level significantly below the threshold set out in the fund prospectus they feel that it is no longer viable, or in the best interests of shareholders, to continue running the fund. The change affects the following guided-architecture products: Preference and Kudos. Affected policyholders have been written to.

Change of Objective - Schroder ISF Asian Bond Absolute Return Fund - Published: 21 Mar 2012

The board of directors of the Schroder International Selection Fund has decided to amend the investment objective and to change the methodology for calculating the global risk exposure of the Schroder ISF Asian Bond Absolute Return Fund with effect from 2 April 2012. The changes affect the following guided-architecture products: Preference, Kudos, Prosper, Quantum, Paragon, Oracle, LifePlan. Affected policyholders have been written to to notify them of the changes.

Name & Objective Change - Schroder ISF Pacific Equity Fund - Published: 21 Mar 2012

With effect from 2 April 2012 the Schroder ISF Pacific Equity Fund will change name to the Schroder ISF Asian Opportunities Fund. This is to reflect a change in investment objective to focus on companies in Asia rather than in the broader Pacific region. The changes affect the following guided-architecture ranges: Preference and Prosper. Affected policyholders have been written to.