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Capita suspends cru trail commission

Capita Financial Managers is suspending the renewal/trail commission to advisers who have clients invested in the £400m CF Arch cru fund range.

In an announcement today, Capita says the collection of the annual management charge payable to CFM in its capacity as authorised corporate director will be suspended.

As such, the onward payment of part of the AMC to the investment manager of the funds, Arch Financial Products LLP, and payment of renewal/trail commission to independent financial advisers is being suspended.

The suspension applies to fees accruing from April 1 2009, pending the outcome of CFM’s ongoing review in to the funds.

Capita says the collection of all other charges which are calculated by reference to the net asset value of the funds, such as depositary, custody and accounting fees, will also be suspended.

On July 6, Capita said Arch cru trail fees were ‘under active consideration’ while the value of the funds were being established.

Commenting on the suspension of renewal/trail commission CFM chief executive officer Chris Addenbrooke says: “While we regret the temporary loss of income to IFAs that our decision will involve, our priority has to be the needs of shareholders. We don’t think that shareholders would consider it justifiable for fees to continue to be paid out of the funds while shareholders themselves are unable to access or realise their investments.

“We recognise that IFAs may be spending more time advising shareholders in relation to the fund at present, but we do not consider that this justifies the ongoing payment of renewal commission. In addition, renewal commission is calculated by reference to the value of investments in the fund and, until our review is complete we cannot ensure that we are accurately calculating that value.

“We will re-assess the position in relation to the various suspended fees once the outcome of our review is known – including, if appropriate, payment of any outstanding fees that may have accrued and be payable in respect of the period from 1 April 2009.”

Moneymarketing.co.uk revealed this morning that the listing of the shares of the Guernsey incorporated cell companies which are listed on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange and in which the UK CF Arch cru funds are substantially invested have been suspended.    

Commenting on this, Addenbrooke says: “The suspension of the listing of the cells prevents the UK CF Arch cru funds from trading their holdings in the shares of the cells on the CISX. However, these investments were in any event illiquid in nature – their illiquidity contributed to the original suspension of dealings in the UK funds in March 2009.

“While the suspension of the CISX listings of the cells is therefore unlikely to impact significantly the ability of the CF Arch cru funds to realise their investments in them, we believe that the suspension of the CISX listings may assist in providing some stability while the issues we are addressing as part of our review of the funds and their assets are resolved.”  

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