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MoneyNeil Woodford under pressure from City watchdog over fund fees

11:50  11 june  2019
11:50  11 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Image caption Neil Woodford apologised to investors earlier this week for suspending his flagship fund . The UK's financial regulator "should have Lord Myners, who was City Minister during the global financial crisis, said the FCA were "like the people in white suits on Line of Duty - the scene of crime

Image caption Neil Woodford apologised to investors earlier this week for suspending his flagship fund . The UK's financial regulator "should have Lord Myners, who was City Minister during the global financial crisis, said the FCA were "like the people in white suits on Line of Duty - the scene of crime

Neil Woodford under pressure from City watchdog over fund fees © Woodford Investment Management Neil Woodford (Woodford Investment Management/YouTube)

The boss of Britain’s City watchdog has joined calls for under-pressure investment guru Neil Woodford to waive management fees for his suspended fund.

Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said Mr Woodford should “consider his position” on charging fees.

It comes after Nicky Morgan, MP and chairwoman of the Treasury Select Committee, urged Woodford Investment Management to waive fees on its equity income fund, which blocked investors from taking their money out last week.

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The City watchdog is under fire for failing to spot warning signs of the growing crisis at Neil Woodford 's fund management empire. Woodford blocked savers from accessing money they have in his flagship fund on Monday, in a bid to stop investors rushing to the exit.

The Woodford Equity Income Fund , managed by Neil Woodford , stopped investors cashing out this week. In spite of the suspension of a fund it promoted On Monday, Hargreaves Lansdown dropped the Woodford fund off its favourite list. On Wednesday, it bowed to pressure to drop its platform fee

Neil Woodford under pressure from City watchdog over fund fees © Getty Conservative Party MP Nicky Morgan talks during an interview in the temporary media centre set up opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on March 13, 2019. - British MPs will vote Wednesday on whether the country should leave the EU without a deal in just over two weeks, after overwhelmingly rejecting a draft divorce agreement. The House of Commons is expected to vote against a 'no deal' Brexit, although this could still happen on March 29 unless it can agree on what should happen instead. (Photo by Isabel Infantes / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)

The City heavyweight suspended the fund “to protect investors’ interests” after they withdrew around £560 million from it over the previous four weeks.

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The Woodford Equity Income Fund , managed by Neil Woodford , stopped investors cashing out this week. In spite of the suspension of a fund it promoted On Monday, Hargreaves Lansdown dropped the Woodford fund off its favourite list. On Wednesday, it bowed to pressure to drop its platform fee

“The Woodford fund points to a potential problem with the limits on illiquid assets: the purpose of these limits is to ensure that the fund remains liquid. The FCA has come in for criticism from politicians and City grandees such as Lord Myners for being slow to react to the unfolding deterioration at Mr

Mr Bailey told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I agree with what Nicky Morgan said – I think he should consider very seriously, I think she used the word ‘gesture’ – use what word you like, he should consider his position.

“However, from our point of view, we need him to manage these assets more than ever because his job now is to get this fund back into a position where there can be orderly trading.

“So he has his work cut out now.”

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The frozen Woodford Equity Income Fund is the company’s largest, with a reported value of £3.7 billion, but this is down heavily on the £6.8 billion recorded a year ago.

Last Wednesday, it emerged that the FCA was demanding answers from Mr Woodford and his brokers over their decision to invest so heavily in unlisted companies based offshore in Guernsey.

There was no suggestion of wrongdoing at Woodford Investment Management, the watchdog said, but officials want to understand the chain of events leading to the suspension.

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Former UK City minister Paul Myners has heavily criticised the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to act on warning signs that Neil Woodford ’s investment empire was running into trouble. She added that Mr Woodford should waive the fund ’s fees while investor redemptions have been suspended.

Funds under management increased by 24 per cent to £16.3billion during the period, and have Woodford -backed tech investor replaces boss. Technology investor Allied Minds has replaced its The head of the City watchdog faces a grilling from MPs over the crisis at Neil Woodford 's fund

But there have also been questions over why the FCA failed to step in earlier, with former City minister Lord Myners claiming the watchdog missed “clear warning signs”.

Ms Morgan also said on Monday she had written to Mr Bailey to ask for more information on the suspension and its supervisory contact with the Woodford fund.

Over the weekend, Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Chris Hill apologised to investors after the company’s clients found their money trapped in Mr Woodford’s funds.

Hargreaves Lansdown has seen its shares steeply decline over the past week amid continued pressure on Mr Woodford’s fund, with the stock down another 2% on Tuesday.

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