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Arch cru trail fees ‘under consideration’

Advisers of clients invested in the CF Arch Cru fund range may have their commission payments frozen with the suspension of fee payments by the funds’ depositaries BNY Mellon and HSBC.

BNY Mellon Trust & Depository UK which is custodian for the CF Arch cru investment portfolio and CF Arch cru specialist portfolio has suspended commissions being taken from the funds until their correct value has been established.

A spokesman for BNY Mellon says: “Any decisions on adviser commission do not come from us, but from Capita. In order to protect the end investors we have recently suspended commissions being taken from the funds themselves until such time as the correct value of the fund has been established. There is a study underway at the moment which will be doing that.”

HSBC Bank, which is custodian for the CF Arch cru income fund, CF Arch cru balanced fund, CF Arch cru finance fund and CF Arch cru global growth fund declined to comment on the issue.

Capita, which is administrator of the suspended Arch cru funds says: “CFM has no contractual obligation to pay any share of annual management charges to Cru – Cru’s distribution arrangements are with Arch, not with CFM. Given the current position of the funds CFM must carefully consider whether it is in the interests of investors to continue to allow the collection of charges out of the funds while they are in suspension.

Capita says: “The issue is under active consideration and we will keep investors, Arch and IFAs informed of our decisions.”


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