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Knight Frank enters retail market with property fund

Knight Frank Investment Management is moving into the retail market with a commercial property fund for intermediaries’ high-net-worth clients, having previously offered only institutional funds.

The access fund, is being offered in association with the Antler group. It will invest in industrial property, which has outperformed the all-property-sector average over five years and 10 years.

The firm is aiming the fund at high-net-worth Sipp customers, hoping to capitalise on the shift towards property investment following equity volatility and A-Day changes.

Minimum investment is £55,000 into the Jersey property unit trust or £25,000 for the exempt unauthorised property unit trust.

Head of investment Robert Hannington, says: “For more than 25 years, Knight Frank has focused on providing institutional investors with access to commercial investment opportunities.

“We are now broadening this remit which is particularly relevant in relation to the changes planned for A-Day in 2006, when the scope for property investment in personal pension planning will be expanded.”

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