View more on these topics

Schroders launches new agricultural land fund

Schroders has launched a new agricultural land fund which will open for investment in September.

The new Guernsey domiciled LSE-listed closed-end investment trust will offer investors exposure to global agricultural land and land-related industries through investment in private equity companies, farm management businesses and related funds. Approximately a quarter of the fund will invest in agricultural land related equities and commodities with a target net return of 10-15 per cent per annum over a five to 10 year investment period.

Mark Bridgeman will manage the fund with the help of an investment committee made up of internal specialists from Schroders, leading external agricultural practitioners and investment advisers.
In March, Schroders closed its $6bn (£3bn) alternative solutions agriculture fund after too many investors rushed to put money into it following a surge in commodity prices.

Schroders agricultural land fund manager Mark Bridgeman says:
“The demand on agricultural land is under a lot of pressure. The world’s population is forecast to grow by 44 per cent over the next 40 years. With improved diets, food consumption is set to double, as GDP/capita rises so does the consumption of meat which demands far higher amounts of grain. However whilst food consumption is on the increase, productivity improvements have slowed. The Schroder agricultural land fund is designed to benefit from this rapidly changing landscape by investing in companies and private equity funds that will generate capital and income from the efficient management of land.”


Free-range finances

I have a great deal of my financial wealth with an insurance company, consisting of an investment bond, unit trusts and an Isa, as well as close to £100,000 of my pension fund. However, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the performance of this company. Can I trust it when it tells me that I should take the long view and that my investments are safe with it?

FSA lags behind AMI in spotting problems

It would seem that the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries is rightly concerned about mortgage brokers trying to diversify in the currently difficult mortgage conditions.

The Great British Break-Off

Despite predictions that a vote to leave the European Union would result in an economic apocalypse, UK equities have shown the market equivalent of a stiff upper lip: bouncing back, keeping calm, and carrying on. Although the road towards Brexit remains clouded in uncertainty, UK equities offer a range of opportunities to investors seeking returns […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment


    Why register with Money Marketing ?

    Providing trusted insight for professional advisers.  Since 1985 Money Marketing has helped promote and analyse the financial adviser community in the UK and continues to be the trusted industry brand for independent insight and advice.

    News & analysis delivered directly to your inbox
    Register today to receive our range of news alerts including daily and weekly briefings

    Money Marketing Events
    Be the first to hear about our industry leading conferences, awards, roundtables and more.

    Research and insight
    Take part in and see the results of Money Marketing's flagship investigations into industry trends.

    Have your say
    Only registered users can post comments. As the voice of the adviser community, our content generates robust debate. Sign up today and make your voice heard.

    Register now

    Having problems?

    Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3712

    Lines are open Monday to Friday 9:00am -5.00pm