MSCI: 85% of Woodford's portfolio was illiquid

UCITS rules need changing

David Brenchley
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Neil Woodford of Woodford Investment Management
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Neil Woodford of Woodford Investment Management

The LF Woodford Equity Income fund (WEIF) had 85% of its net asset value (NAV) invested in illiquid securities, both listed and unlisted, and as a result would have had to have suspended trading even if it had offloaded all of its unlisted holdings, according to index and data provider MSCI.

Dealing in the fund, run by Neil Woodford, was suspended on 3 June as it ran into serious liquidity issues after continued mass outflows. The fund shrank in size from over £10bn in April 2017 to just £3.7bn...

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