Industry divided on future of property funds following M&G closure

Call for greater use of hybrid models

Cristian Angeloni
clock • 4 min read

The asset management industry has expressed mixed reactions following the suspension of the M&G Property Portfolio ahead of its closure, and what this will mean for the sector.

Ryan Hughes, head of investment partnerships at AJ Bell, and Ben Yearsley, director at Fairview Investing, said M&G's suspension and closure of the property fund, which follows the fate of several others, is likely a death knell for the sector. M&G suspends open-ended UK property fund ahead of closure Hughes, however, explained the "fatal blow" came when the FCA started looking at the suitability of daily dealings for illiquid funds. "From that point forwards, the funds essentially became uninvestable because the regulatory risk of serious change became much greater," he argued. "T...

To continue reading this article...

Join Investment Week for free

  • Unlimited access to real-time news, analysis and opinion from the investment industry, including the Sustainable Hub covering fund news from the ESG space
  • Get ahead of regulatory and technological changes affecting fund management
  • Important and breaking news stories selected by the editors delivered straight to your inbox each day
  • Weekly members-only newsletter with exclusive opinion pieces from leading industry experts
  • Be the first to hear about our extensive events schedule and awards programmes

Join now


Already an Investment Week