FCA urged to reform liquidity definition in wake of fund crises

Prompted by Woodford fund suspension

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Woodford suspended dealing on his Equity Income fund on 3 June
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Woodford suspended dealing on his Equity Income fund on 3 June

Industry figures have urged the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to rethink its definition of illiquid securities post-Brexit, after a pair of high-profile liquidity crises hit the industry.

Dealing in the LF Woodford Equity Income fund (WEIF) was suspended on 3 June as mass outflows diminished the fund's liquidity cushion. Woodford Equity Income: The story so far Two weeks later, Morningstar suspended its rating on H2O Asset Management's Allegro fund, eventually downgrading from Bronze to Neutral, due to concerns over "the liquidity of certain bonds". Rules are in place via an EU UCITS directive, aiming to limit the amount of illiquid securities an open-ended fund with daily dealing can own to 10% of net asset value (NAV). The regulation classifies illiquid securit...

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