Recent fund changes

View the fund changes we've made as part of our ongoing governance reviews.

Funds on our range are subject to change. If the change significantly affects what the fund can invest in or the specific risks associated with the fund then we will write to you and your client in advance.

All other changes will be updated in the fund factsheet and our marketing material.

We’re improving how we talk about risk within our Governed Portfolios.

To improve the understanding of the risk taken within our Governed Portfolios we’re making some enhancements to our factsheets.  There is no change to our overall objectives. The key aim of each Governed Portfolio – to deliver above inflation growth for a given level of risk – remains the same. The changes improve how we describe the risk taken in our portfolios. 

The changes to our factsheets are summarised as follows:

Changes to the investment objective section

We are introducing a portfolio risk number (in relation to other Governed Portfolios) ranging from 1 to 7 – where 1 is the lowest rating and 7 is the highest.  This should help you evaluate the level of risk your chosen Governed Portfolio is taking in relation to the rest of the range.

We have also added additional text detailing the asset classes that may be used as part of asset allocation processes.

Changes to the ‘Who is this portfolio designed for?’ section

We have introduced an investment risk level ranging from Low through to High to help you understand the general level of risk that is being taken by your portfolio.

We are maintaining a customer attitude to risk that aligns with our existing practice (Adventurous, Balanced, Cautious).

Effective from 27th March, the following changes to the RLP Sustainable Managed Income Trust fund have taken place: 
 

  • The name has changed to RLP Sustainable Corporate Bond Trust
  • The Aim and Investment Process of the fund have been updated as per the table below: 
Old Aim  New Aim 
The investment objective is to produce a consistently higher level of income 
relative to typical cash deposit interest rates. 
The fund’s investment objective is to achieve a total return (a combination of capital growth and income) over the medium term, which should be considered as a period of 3-5 years. 
Old Investment Process  New Investment Process 
The fund invests predominantly in a diverse portfolio of fixed interest securities 
issued by corporates, governments and supranational institutions, and cash. 
Investments in the fund will adhere to the manager's sustainable investment policy. 
Typically, the fund’s assets will be invested 80% in a diversified portfolio of sterling-denominated bonds issued by corporates and supranational institutions. The fund may also invest in global bonds, government bonds and cash. Investments in the fund will adhere to the manager's sustainable investment policy. 

Please note that fund charges remain the same. 

UBS Asset Management has notified us that its Global Optimal fund, which represents 50% of the underlying holding of the RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) fund, is closing.  As a result, we’ve decided to remove the RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) and RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) ‘A’ fund from our fund range and switch all customer’s investment into the RLP Global Equity fund.  

What’s changing? 

  • Customer’s investment will move from the RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) fund to the RLP Global Equity fund.   
  • The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.60% to 1.00%* 
  • The RLP Global Equity fund includes a similar range of assets and has the same geographical split between UK and overseas equities (50:50).  
  • The RLP Global Equity fund is also in the same ABI sector as the RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) fund - the Global Equities sector. 

*the ‘A’ version of this fund is capped at 1% so the AMC will remain the same.  

When is this change happening? 

UBS Asset Management plan to close their fund on 22 March 2024 so we will need to ensure customers invested in RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) either directly or via a Governed Portfolio are moved into the RLP Global Equity fund before this date. Therefore, customers will be switched into RLP Global Equity from 12th March and will receive an automatically generated switch letter confirming that their investment has been switched.

How have we decided on the replacement fund?  

We looked at all available alternative funds in the Royal London range against a set of criteria to make sure we identified the closest possible match to your existing investment.  Our Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) also reviewed the mapping to make sure we’d chosen the most appropriate fund.

About the funds  

Both the RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50) fund and the RLP Global Equity fund invest in a similar way and use similar geographical benchmarks – investing around 50% of assets in UK equities and 50% in overseas (excluding UK) equities.

  RLP/UBS Global Blend (50:50)   RLP Global Equity
Aim   The fund aims to achieve long term capital growth through active management of a diversified portfolio invested 50% UK equities, 50% global equities.   The fund is designed to achieve long term capital growth by investing in a mixture of company shares both within the UK and overseas. Approximately 50% of the fund is invested within the UK, with the remainder invested overseas.   
Benchmark   50% FTSE All Share Index (UK Equities), 50% MSCI World ex UK Index (Overseas excluding UK Equities)   50% FTSE All Share Index (UK Equities), 50% FTSE World ex UK Index (Overseas excluding UK Equities)  
Annual Management Charge   1.60%   1.00%  
Fund Manager   UBS Asset Management   Royal London Asset Management 

An example of the letter issued to customers can be found here.

For further details of the RLP Global Equity fund please refer to the RLP Global Equity fund factsheet

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050
 

This notice is for those who are not invested in the RLP Global Equity Select fund via a Royal London Governed Range Portfolio or Lifestyle.

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has notified us that their Global Equity Select fund is nearing capacity and will suspend future investment soon.

Consequently, we’re stopping any further investment into the RLP Global Equity Select fund from 18 April 2024 (or the actual date in which RLAM suspends new investment if this is prior to 18 April 2024).


What’s changing?

Customers will remain invested in RLP Global Equity Select until the fund is soft closed on 18 April 2024. At this point, any future premiums will be redirected to a new fund called RLP Global Equity Diversified (Redirected). This fund is only accessible for customers impacted by the soft closure.

Customers will see both funds held on annual statements, Online Service and the Mobile App. If a customer chooses to switch out of RLP Global Equity Select after it has been soft closed, they will not be able to reinvest in the fund.


What is the difference between the funds?

Both the RLP Global Equity Select fund and the RLP Global Equity Diversified (Redirected) fund are targeted to outperform the MSCI World Index, and your fund charge will remain the same. The RLP Global Equity Select is more concentrated and will ordinarily hold 25-45 stocks, whereas the RLP Global Equity Diversified (Redirected) fund will invest in 175-225 stocks. Both funds are managed by the same fund manager and supporting team.

  RLP Global Equity Select RLP Global Equity Diversified (Redirected)

About the

fund

The fund aims to deliver long-term capital growth by investing in a portfolio of global equities, diversified by country, sector and life cycle. The equities in which the fund invests may be from both developed and emerging market countries and from any sector, industry or market capitalisation.

Unconstrained in approach, the fund gives no consideration to the composition of the Index in the construction of the portfolio which, having typically 25 to 45 holdings, is concentrated in nature.
The fund aims to deliver long-term capital growth by investing in a portfolio of global equities, diversified by country, sector and life cycle. The equities in which the fund invests may be from both developed and emerging market countries and from any sector, industry or market capitalisation.

Investing in currently undervalued companies that the manager believes can create wealth for shareholders, the fund typically has 175 to 225 holdings.
Benchmark MSCI World Net Total Return Index MSCI World Net Total Return Index

Annual

Manageme

nt Charge

1.00% 1.00%

Fund

Manager

Peter Rutter Peter Rutter

An example letter can be found here.

For further details of RLP Global Equity Diversified ‘Redirected’ fund please refer to the RLP Global Equity Diversified fund factsheet.

We have prepared some supplementary questions and answers around the change that you can view here.

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on  0345 646 0416.

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) have taken the decision to close their Global Equity Select fund to new money. This fund is the underlying vehicle invested in by RLP Global Equity Select.

As a result of this closure, we are required to make some changes for customers invested in RLP Global Equity Select. To do this, we will group the customers invested in the fund into two types:

  • Variable – This group is classified as holding the fund through a lifestyle strategy or through the equity overcode function in the Governed Range.
  • Fixed – This group covers everyone else and includes customers who have invested in this fund directly or through a non-Governed Range portfolio. 

Variable allocation customers will be moved into a new fund, RLP Global Equity Blend, week commencing 25/03. When these customers are moved into the new fund their current holdings will also be moved, meaning they will not lose their existing holding in RLAM’s Global Equity Select strategy. The new fund will then invest any future premiums into the Global Equity Diversified strategy. A factsheet will soon be available for RLP Global Equity Blend. This fund will be available to all customers after the variable customers are moved in.

Fixed customers will remain invested in RLP Global Equity Select until the fund is soft closed, at some point in the future. At which point any future premiums will be redirected to a new fund called RLP Global Equity Diversified (Redirected). This fund is only accessible for customers impacted by the soft closure. Customers will see both funds held on annual statements, Online Service and the Mobile App. If a customer chooses to switch out of RLP Global Equity Select after it has been soft closed, they will not be able to reinvest in the fund.

The requirement to separate customers into two different groups and moving Variable customers into a new fund comes from the outcome of TAA, rebalancing and lifestyling within the Governed Range. This can lead to flows in and out of the RLP fund which can’t be done in a closed fund.

Letters have been issued to affected variable customers/advisers/employers to advise where appropriate and fixed customers/advisers/employers will be notified once the fund is soft closed. 

An example letter can be found here.

Please also see the factsheet for the RLP Global Equity Blend fund.

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on
0345 646 0416

After discussions with Invesco we are pleased to announce the following reductions to the Total Expense Ratio of the following funds:

Fund Old TER New TER
RLP Asia Pacific Core Plus (Invesco Asian) 1.90% 1.85%
RLP Global Managed Equity Specialist (Invesco Global Equity) 1.77% 1.72%
RLP/Invesco Corporate Bond 1.50% 1.45%
RLP/Invesco Distribution 1.77% 1.72%
RLP/Invesco Global Bond 1.62% 1.57%
RLP/Invesco High Income 1.87% 1.82%
RLP/Invesco Monthly Income Plus 1.67% 1.62%

Background

After undertaking a review of their UK authorised fund range, abrdn has taken the decision to merge the abrdn Global Absolute Return Strategies fund (the Merging Fund) into the abrdn Diversified Growth and Income fund (the Continuing Fund).

This decision was made as the merging fund has reduced in size over recent years and has not delivered the intended target performance for investors. The Continuing Fund is managed in a different way, but aims to deliver a similar performance target and outcome for investors compared to the Merging Fund. The Continuing Fund has performed better over both the short and long term after costs.

What’s changing?

  • The fund name will change to RLP/abrdn Diversified Growth and Income.
  • The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.70% to 1.45% and the Total Expense Ratio (TER) will increase from 1.81% to 1.90%.

Next Steps

Customers invested in the RLP/ASI Global Absolute Return Strategies fund will receive a letter with further information regarding this change.

Documentation on our website relating to this change will be updated shortly.

What’s changing?

On 22 March 2022, we were notified by Fidelity that they were temporarily suspending all transactions into their Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa fund, which the above Royal London pension fund links to. This was due to the sanctions imposed on Russia affecting market trading conditions.

Fidelity has lifted the suspension on transactions into this fund which means the newly renamed RLP/Fidelity Sustainable Emerging Markets Equity fund will be re-opened to new money from 15/08/2023.

In addition to the name change there are some further changes to the fund:

  • Investment Objective - This has changed from ‘the fund aims to achieve long term capital growth’ to ‘the fund aims to increase the value of investments over a period of 5 years or more’.
  • Performance Benchmark - The fund’s performance benchmark has changed to MSCI Emerging Markets TR index from the MSCI Emerging EMEA NR Index. The new benchmark is representative of the geographical locations the fund will invest in.
  • Sustainable Process - The fund is part of the Fidelity Sustainable Family of funds and adheres to the Fidelity Sustainable Family framework under which at least 70% of the fund’s net assets will be invested in companies deemed to maintain sustainable characteristics. Investments with sustainable characteristics are those which the Investment Manager believes have effective governance and management of environmental and social issues, and deliver long-term sustainable outcomes through positive societal impact.

Why has the suspension been lifted?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has put in place regulation aimed at ‘protecting investors in authorised funds following the Russian invasion of Ukraine’ which is referred to as ‘side pockets’. This now means that fund managers are able to create side pockets and move suspended assets (in this case assets held within Russia, Ukraine and Belarus) into a newly created share class, while leaving the remaining assets open and available to be valued and traded as normal.

The creation of the side pocket allows fund managers to continue managing the fund in keeping with its new investment objective. As an investor, you’ll benefit from the ongoing performance of the fund’s non-Russian assets as normal, while still keeping an interest in the suspended Russian assets through the creation of the new side pocket. Any switch out of the fund will also remove the units held in the Russian assets.

What impact do these changes have?

Since February 2022, following the Russian invasion into Ukraine, the total value of the RLP/Fidelity Sustainable Emerging Markets Equity fund has fallen by approximately 40%. This is primarily due to the value of Russian assets falling following sanctions imposed on trading Russian assets. If these sanctions were to be lifted in the future, then by withdrawing from the fund now your clients would lose any potential recovery in value. Please remember that like any other investment, the value of the non-Russian assets in the fund can go down as well as up.

You are now able pay money into this fund if you wish. Due to change of fund objective and benchmark, you may wish to review whether this fund is still suitable for you.

What about any regular contributions that have been paid into this fund?

Any regular contributions received after 22 March 2022, which would normally have been allocated to the RLP/Fidelity Emerging Europe Middle East and Africa fund, would instead have been allocated to the RLP Deferral Alternate fund while restrictions applied to the fund.

The RLP Deferral Alternate fund invests in money market instruments. These may include cash, bank deposits and very short-term fixed interest investments. There may be periods when the return available from money market instruments is less than the plan charge which will result in a negative return from this fund.

For those who have rebalancing in place, these payments will automatically move into the new RLP/Fidelity Sustainable Emerging Markets Equity fund the next time your policy is rebalanced after restrictions are lifted.

For those who do not have rebalancing in place, these payments will remain in the RLP Deferral Alternate fund unless we receive alternative instructions for this money, which can be done at any time.

Further information

For details of the RLP/Fidelity Sustainable Emerging Markets Equity fund please see the factsheet available on this page.

For further information about these changes, please see the following communication (opens in a new window) from Fidelity.

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050.

What’s changing?

On 2 March 2022, we were notified by JPMorgan that they were temporarily suspending all transactions in or out of their Emerging Europe Equity fund, which the above Royal London pension fund links to. This was due to the sanctions imposed on Russia affecting market trading conditions.

JPMorgan has lifted the suspension on transactions out of their fund which means that, from 15/08/2023, you can access the money you have invested in the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund. However, this fund remains closed to new premiums (both single and regular) and switches in.

Why has the suspension been lifted?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has put in place regulation aimed at ‘protecting investors in authorised funds following the Russian invasion of Ukraine’ which is referred to as ‘side pockets’. This now means that fund managers are able to create side pockets and move suspended assets (in this case assets held within Russia, Ukraine and Belarus) into a newly created share class, while leaving the remaining assets open and available to be valued and traded as normal.

The creation of the side pocket allows fund managers to continue managing the fund in keeping with its existing investment objective. As an investor, you’ll benefit from the ongoing performance of the fund’s non-Russian assets as normal, while still keeping an interest in the suspended Russian assets through the creation of the new side pocket. Any switch out of the fund will also remove the units held in the Russian assets.

What impact does this change have?

Since February 2022, following the Russian invasion into Ukraine, the total value of the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund has fallen by approximately 72%. This is primarily due to the value of Russian assets falling following sanctions imposed on trading Russian assets. If these sanctions were to be lifted in the future, then by withdrawing from the fund now you would lose any potential recovery in value. Please remember that like any other investment, the value of the non-Russian assets in the fund can go down as well as up.

Transactions out of the fund will no longer be delayed and will take place according to our standard terms and conditions.

What about any regular contributions that have been paid into this fund?

Any regular contributions received after 2 March 2022, which would normally have been allocated to the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund, would instead have been allocated to the RLP Deferral Alternate fund while restrictions applied to the fund.

The RLP Deferral Alternate fund invests in money market instruments. These may include cash, bank deposits and very short-term fixed interest investments. There may be periods when the return available from money market instruments is less than the plan charge which will result in a negative return from this fund.

This will continue whilst the JP Morgan fund remains closed to new money, unless we receive alternative instructions, which can be done at any time.

Further information

For details of the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund, please see the factsheet available on this page.

For further information about these changes, please see the following communication (opens in a new window) from JPMorgan.

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050.

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLL Global Managed Pension fund to 25% UK Equities, 65% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented week commencing 12th July 2023. 
 
What’s changing? 

  • The benchmark will change from ‘ABI UK – Global Equities –life sector average’ to ‘25% FTSE All Share Index, 65% FTSE World Index & 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index’. 
  • The investment aim will change from ‘The fund is designed to outperform it’s benchmark’ to ‘The fund aims to deliver capital growth, over an investment cycle of approximately 6 to 7 years, by investing in a diversified portfolio of UK and global equities’’. 
  • The Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged. 
     

Why are we replacing the benchmark? 
 
As part of our governance process, we review the benchmark at least every three years to ensure it remains appropriate. This change aligns the geographical focus of the fund to appropriate benchmark indices.  

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLP Global Managed Pension fund to 25% UK Equities, 65% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented week commencing 12th June 2023.

What’s changing?

  • The benchmark will change from 35% FTSE All Share, 55% FTSE World & 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index to 25% FTSE All Share, 65% FTSE World and 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index.
  • The investment aim will change from ‘The fund is designed to outperform it’s benchmark’ to ‘The Fund aims to deliver capital growth, over an investment cycle of approximately 6 to 7 years, by investing in a diversified portfolio of UK and global equities’.
  • The Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged.

Why are we replacing the benchmark?

As part of our governance process, we review the benchmark at least every three years to ensure it remains appropriate. This change is the next step in an established direction to increase exposure to global markets.

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLP Global Growth Pension fund to 25% UK Equities, 65% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented week commencing 12th June 2023.

What’s changing?

  • The benchmark will change from 35% FTSE All Share, 55% FTSE World & 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index to 25% FTSE All Share, 65% FTSE World and 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index. 
  • The Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged.

Why are we replacing the benchmark?

As part of our governance process, we review the benchmark at least every three years to ensure it remains appropriate. This change is the next step in an established direction to increase exposure to global markets.

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLP BlackRock ACS Global Blend Pension fund to 25% UK Equities, 65% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented week commencing 12th June 2023.

What’s changing?

  • The benchmark will change from 35% FTSE All Share, 55% FTSE World & 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index to 25% FTSE All Share, 65% FTSE World and 10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index. 
  • The Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged.

Why are we replacing the benchmark?

As part of our governance process, we review the benchmark at least every three years to ensure it remains appropriate. This change is the next step in an established direction to increase exposure to global markets.

The following fund name changes took place in November:

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP UK Mid Cap Specialist (Franklin UK Midcap) RLP UK Mid Cap Spec (FTF Martin Currie UK Midcap)
RLL Index Linked RLL UK Index Linked
RLP Index Linked RLP UK Index Linked
RLP International Government Bond RLP Global Government Bond

Please note that the fund charges remain the same.

The following fund name changes took place in May:

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP/JPMorgan Global Macro RLP/JPMorgan Global Macro Sustainable
RLP/Liontrust Global Equity RLP/Liontrust Global Innovation

Please note that the fund charges remain the same.

Royal London have made changes to the RLP Cash Plus and RLP Enhanced Cash Plus funds

The names of the funds will change as per below. This is as a result of RLAM changing the names of their equivalent funds to closer align to their investment process.

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP Cash Plus RLP Short Term Fixed Income
RLP Enhanced Cash Plus RLP Short Term Fixed Income Enhanced

The description of the fund objectives will also change. The objectives themselves aren’t changing and the funds will continue to be managed with the same process they have previously, however the changes below provide more clarity around the process.

RLP Short Term Fixed Income

The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve a total return over rolling 12-month periods by mainly investing in cash and cash equivalents and government securities. The Fund’s performance target is to outperform, before the deduction of charges, the Bank of England Sterling Overnight Interbank Average (SONIA) by 0.5% per annum over rolling 12-month periods.

A minimum of 50% of the Fund will be invested in a combination of money market instruments, including cash, time deposits, certificates of deposit and commercial paper and floating rate notes. Government bonds are also included in this segment of the Fund. In exceptional circumstances the Fund may invest up to 100% in money market instruments.

The Fund will also invest in a range of securities, including corporate bonds and supranational & agency bonds, asset backed securities and/or transferable securities. The Fund may also make use of reverse repurchase agreements. 

The Fund may also hold a small amount of its portfolio in derivatives (investments that derive their value from another closely related underlying investment) for the purposes of efficient portfolio management.

RLP Short Term Fixed Income Enhanced

The Fund is actively managed, meaning that the manager will use their expertise to select investments to meet the objective. The Fund’s performance target is to outperform, before the deduction of charges, the Bank of England Sterling Overnight Interbank Average (SONIA) by 0.5% per annum over rolling 12-month periods.

The Fund will invest at least 70% in Short Term Fixed Income Securities. Short Term Fixed Income securities are instruments, which will have a duration of 0-18 months. In a normal market environment these instruments can be easily and quickly liquidated. Examples of these include money market instruments, government bonds and corporate bonds.

A minimum of 50% of the Fund will be invested in a combination of money market instruments, including cash, time deposits, certificates of deposit and commercial paper, floating rate notes and government bonds. In exceptional circumstances the Fund may invest up to 100% in money market instruments.

The Fund will also invest in a range of other securities, which includes corporate bonds and supranational & agency bonds, covered bonds and/or transferable securities. The Fund may also hold derivatives (investments that derive their value from another closely related underlying investment) for the purposes of efficient portfolio management.

The respective factsheets will be updated will be updated with these details soon

After discussions with Dimensional we are pleased to announce the following reductions to the Total Expense Ration of the following funds:

  Old New
Fund AMC Investment Expenses TER AMC Investment Expenses TER

RLP/Dimensional Emerging Markets

Core Equity

1.33% 0.09% 1.42%   0.09% 1.40%

RLP/Dimensional Global

Targeted Value

1.40% 0.04% 1.44%   0.04% 1.39%

RLP/Dimensional UK

Core Equity

1.11% 0.05% 1.16%   0.05% 1.15%

On 22 March 2022, we were notified by Fidelity that they were suspending new money being invested in their Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa fund which the above Royal London pension fund links to. This is due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine affecting market trading conditions.

Fidelity note:

Due to the unprecedented situation regarding the war in Ukraine, normal market trading conditions have been significantly impaired.  Fidelity International, like many other asset managers, has experienced challenges in terms of liquidity across a number of its impacted funds, including the proportion of securities currently not tradeable, which have been significantly marked down.

It is always our duty to act in the best interests of all investors and ensure fair treatment. To do this, we need to make sure that all assets continue to be valued appropriately and that all trading activity on behalf of clients is done at a fair price.

Given the current circumstances and having looked in-depth at the options available to us to protect the interests of existing shareholders, we have decided to temporarily close the Fidelity Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa Fund (OEIC) to new subscriptions and switches-in. Existing clients in the Fund can continue to redeem or switch out of the Fund as usual.

The outcome of this is we must also suspend new money into the RLP/Fidelity Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa fund until the suspension on the underlying fund is lifted. This delay does not apply to members looking to exit the fund.

For further details please refer to our Q&A (PDF)

For details of the RLP/Fidelity Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa Fund, please see the factsheet available on this page.

Please also see our RLP Deferral Alternate fund factsheet (PDF)

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050.

On 28 February 2022, we were notified by JPM that they were suspending dealing on their Emerging Europe Equity fund which the above Royal London pension fund links to. This is due to having the majority of its’ investments in Russian stocks and shares and the country recently closing their stockmarket due to the current conflict with Ukraine.

What’s changing?

The outcome of this is we must also suspend trading on the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund until the suspension on the underlying fund is lifted. This means that some transactions will be temporarily restricted from the fund (for up to one month). This delay does not apply to normal retirement claims, death claims or income requirements in drawdown. 

Why JPMorgan are making this change:

Due to the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, local market trading conditions are not currently operating as they normally would do and accordingly, we are unable to manage the fund in accordance with the investment objective and policy. Given these current market conditions, and in order to protect the interests of existing shareholders, JPMorgan Funds Limited has suspended the JPM Emerging Europe Equity Fund. Unfortunately, we are unable to say how long the fund will be suspended for, but the decision will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Will the fund charges continue to be taken?

JPMorgan have removed the investment charge from the fund during the suspension period leading to a reduction of 0.75%. The Royal London product/admin charge will continue to be taken during this period as we continue to administer and price the fund on a daily basis.

For further details please refer to our Q&A (PDF)

For details of the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund, please see the factsheet available on this page.

Please also see our RLP Deferral Alternate fund factsheet (PDF)

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050.

Important note

While we make every effort to contact all affected customers about these changes, it's important that you check if any of your clients are invested in these funds and discuss any changes they may want to make as a result.