Please read the following important information regarding funds related to this article.
- If a Fund has a high exposure to a particular country or geographical region it carries a higher level of risk than a Fund which is more broadly diversified.
- The Fund may use derivatives with the aim of reducing risk or managing the portfolio more efficiently. However this introduces other risks, in particular, that a derivative counterparty may not meet its contractual obligations.
- This Fund is dual priced. The price at which you buy shares/units in the fund will incorporate the transaction costs incurred in buying physical properties. When you sell shares/units in the Fund the price you sell at incorporates the transaction costs incurred in selling physical properties. The difference between these prices is called the ‘spread'. This spread is currently c. 5% and reflects the high transaction costs of buying and selling commercial property. Typically the buying price of an individual commercial property can be 7-8% higher than the selling price. The spread of the Fund is not fixed and may vary over time depending on the composition of the Fund.
- Valuations are determined by independent property experts. The valuation of property is generally a matter of valuer's opinion. The amount raised when a property is sold may be less than the valuation.
- The Fund contains assets which may be hard to value or sell at the time and price intended. In particular, property investments may take a considerable time to sell. When many investors want to sell their shares, the Fund may have to delay processing requests so that certain assets or properties can be sold first. This is known as deferring redemptions.
- Tenants in the Fund's properties may become unable to pay their rent. As a result, the Fund's income may be impacted and further costs incurred.
- Some or all of the Annual Management Charge and other costs of the Fund may be taken from capital, which may erode capital or reduce potential for capital growth.
- The Fund could lose money if a counterparty with which it trades becomes unwilling or unable to meet its obligations to the Fund.