Significant Fund Changes

Please read this important information regarding important changes we have made, or are planning to make to our Fund Range.

Investment objective and policy updates

We have recently reviewed the information available to investors about our UK-based OEIC (open-ended investment company) funds and, as a result, we’re updating a number of our fund investment objectives and policies. This will provide investors with additional information regarding our investment approach. These updates will take effect from 7 August 2019.

Adviser letter

Q&A

Important changes to the Threadneedle UK Corporate Bond Fund

From 31 August 2019, we are making changes to the name and investment objective and policy of the Threadneedle UK Corporate Bond Fund. The changes include:

  • Changing its name to Threadneedle Sterling Corporate Bond Fund
  • Broadening and clarifying the wording used to describe the investment objective and policy

Adviser letter

Q&A

Significant Fund Changes: Absolute Return Bond Fund

We are closing the Threadneedle Absolute Return Bond Fund on the 26 July 2019.

The Fund is being closed due to its relatively small size. The Fund’s assets have fallen to a level which makes it economically unviable to manage. We believe the closure is in the best interests of investors. To this end, we will be closing the fund on the 26 July 2019 (the Effective Date) and dealing in the Fund will be suspended from 12.01pm on 23 July 2019.

Please see the Shareholder Notification and Q&A for further details.

Adviser letter

Q&A

Important information about the Threadneedle Japan Fund

We would like to inform you that due to a ten-day ‘Golden Week’ holiday period in Japan this year, non-dealing days will be declared on the Threadneedle Japan Fund from Friday 26 April until Monday 6 May 2019 inclusive. This means that investors will be unable to buy, sell, or switch shares in the Fund during this period until it reopens for dealing on Tuesday 7 May 2019. Further information can be found below.

Adviser letter

Co-management and Delegation Arrangements

From the 21 May 2019, we are making changes to the TIF Asia Fund, TSIF China Opportunities Fund and TSIF Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund.

The Funds are currently managed by Threadneedle Asset Management Limited (TAML), the investment manager of the Funds. The changes are as follows:

  • Threadneedle Asia Fund and Threadneedle China Opportunities Fund (co-management)
    TAML will delegate some of its investment decisions to Threadneedle Investments Singapore (Pte.) Limited (TIS) for the Threadneedle Asia Fund and Threadneedle China Opportunities Fund. This will allow both co-managers and deputy managers from the Singapore office for these funds working in collaboration with TAML appointed fund managers.
  • Threadneedle Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund
    Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC (CMIA) will become the investment manager for the Threadneedle Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund. TAML will no longer be the investment manager but will continue to provide investment advice and recommendations in relation to the Fund. This change will allow both lead and deputy managers from the US offices for this Fund.

Adviser letter

Q&A

Brexit update: EU and non-UK investors in Threadneedle OEIC1 funds

We are providing an update on our Brexit preparations and the continuity of investment management services following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

When the UK leaves the EU, we expect that OEIC funds will lose their UCITS2 status. As far as we are aware there is currently nothing prohibiting EU and non-UK investors from remaining in an OEIC fund.

While uncertainty remains regarding the UK’s departure from the EU, Columbia Threadneedle Investments has a comprehensive contingency planning programme in place to prepare for any potential impacts.

Adviser letter

1 OEIC stands for open-ended investment company.
2 UCITS stands for Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities. UCITS provides a harmonised regulatory regime for the management and sale of mutual funds within the European Union.

Threadneedle American Select Fund OEIC

From the 15 April 2019, we are making changes to the investment objective and policy of the Threadneedle American Select Fund. The new wording will make clear that at least 75% of the Fund will be invested in companies based specifically in the United States (US), or with significant US business operations. At the same time, the management team will be able to invest up to 25% of the Fund in companies outside the US.

Adviser Letter

Q&A

Scheme of arrangement: The Lux funds

We recently informed you that we will transfer the assets of certain share classes of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. Please note these changes do not impact GBP share classes.

  • American Extended Alpha Fund
  • Asia Fund
  • Global Extended Alpha Fund
  • Global Select Fund
  • UK Absolute Alpha Fund

We are pleased to confirm that the transfers have now been successfully completed. Further information can be found below.

Investor letter

Q&A

Scheme of Arrangement EGM update

We recently informed you of our proposal to transfer the assets of certain share classes of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. Following the shareholder vote at the extraordinary general meetings held on 12 December 2018, we can confirm that the proposed transfers have now been approved.

  • American Extended Alpha Fund
  • Asia Fund
  • Global Extended Alpha Fund
  • Global Select Fund
  • UK Absolute Alpha Fund

Corporate letter

Q&A

Scheme of arrangement: The Lux funds

We recently informed you that we will transfer the assets of certain share classes of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. Please note these changes do not impact GBP share classes.

  • American Smaller Companies Fund (US)
  • European Smaller Companies Fund
  • Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund
  • Global Equity Income Fund

We are pleased to confirm that the transfers have now been successfully completed. Further information can be found below.

Corporate letter

Q&A

Scheme of arrangement: The Lux Funds

We recently informed you that we will transfer the assets of certain share classes of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. Please note these changes do not impact GBP share classes.

  • American Fund
  • American Select Fund
  • European Select Fund
  • UK Equity Income Fund
  • UK Fund

We are pleased to confirm that the transfers have now been successfully completed. Further information can be found below.

Investor letter

Q&A

Transfer of customer assets (Scheme of arrangement)

We have written to investors about a proposed change to the following funds.

  • American Extended Alpha Fund
  • Asia Fund
  • Global Extended Alpha Fund
  • Global Select Fund
  • UK Absolute Alpha Fund

We are planning to transfer the assets of investors in certain share classes of each fund listed above into an equivalent share class within our established Luxembourg fund range. The transfers will be made by a process called a scheme of arrangement.

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Scheme of Arrangement EGM update

We recently informed you of our proposal to transfer the assets of certain share classes of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range.

  • American Smaller Companies Fund (US)
  • European Smaller Companies Fund
  • Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund
  • Global Equity Income Fund

Following the shareholder vote at the extraordinary general meetings, the results of the vote are detailed in the investor letter below.

Corporate letter

Q&A

Cross-border Mergers: Threadneedle Credit Opportunities Fund

We recently informed you that we will transfer the assets of the Threadneedle Credit Opportunities Fund into Threadneedle (Lux) - Credit Opportunities, an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. We are pleased to confirm that the transfer was successfully completed on 20 October 2018. Further information can be found below.

Corporate letter

Q&A

Scheme of Arrangement EGM update

We recently informed you of our proposal to transfer the assets of certain share classes of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. Following the shareholder vote at the extraordinary general meetings held on 10 October 2018, we can confirm that the proposed transfers have now been approved.

  • American Fund
  • American Select Fund
  • European Select Fund
  • UK Equity Income Fund
  • UK Fund

We will be communicating with all impacted clients and outlining the options available to them ahead of the merger date.

Corporate letter

Q&A

Cross-border Mergers: The Lux Funds

We recently informed you that we will transfer the assets of the below listed UK-based funds into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range (the "Lux Funds"). We are pleased to confirm that the transfers have now been successfully completed.

  • European Corporate Bond Fund
  • European High Yield Bond Fund
  • Pan European Fund
  • Pan European Smaller Companies Fund
  • Pan European Equity Dividend Fund

Further information can be found below.

Corporate letter

Q&A

Scheme of Arrangement adjourned meetings

Due to procedural issues with the delivery of the Shareholder Circular dated 17 September 2018 to some shareholders, we understand that these investors may not have had sufficient time to consider the proposal and return their proxy. On that basis, we have decided to adjourn the relevant Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) for seven days to provide additional time for shareholders to return their proxies. We therefore confirm that the EGMs will be adjourned until 24 October for the following share classes:

  • For Class 2 Accumulation EUR Shares of the European Smaller Companies Fund - 12:40 Luxembourg time (11:40 UK time)
  • For Class 1 Accumulation USD Shares of the Global Equity Income Fund - 12:50 Luxembourg time (11:50 UK time)

Transfer of customer assets (Scheme of arrangement)

We have written to investors about a proposed change to the following funds.

  • American Smaller Companies Fund (US)
  • European Smaller Companies Fund
  • Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund
  • Global Equity Income Fund

We are planning to transfer the assets of investors in certain share classes of each fund listed above into an equivalent share class within our established Luxembourg fund range. The transfers will be made by a process called a scheme of arrangement.

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Transfer of customer assets (Scheme of arrangement)

We have written to investors about a proposed change to the following funds.

  • American Fund
  • American Select Fund
  • European Select Fund
  • UK Equity Income Fund
  • UK Fund

We are planning to transfer the assets of investors in certain share classes of each fund listed above into an equivalent share class within our established Luxembourg fund range. The transfers will be made by a process called a scheme of arrangement.

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Cross-border merger EGM update

We recently informed investors of our proposal to transfer the assets of each fund listed below (the "Existing Funds") into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range (the "Lux Funds"). Following the shareholder vote at the extraordinary general meetings (EGMs) held on 24 August 2018, we can confirm that the transfers have been approved for all the affected funds.

  • European Corporate Bond Fund
  • European High Yield Bond Fund
  • Pan European Fund
  • Pan European Smaller Companies Fund
  • Pan European Equity Dividend Fund
  • Credit Opportunities Fund

We will be communicating with all impacted clients and outlining the options available to them ahead of the merger date.

Corporate letter

Q&A

Transfer of customer assets (Cross-border merger)

We have written to investors about a proposed change to the following funds.

  • European Corporate Bond Fund
  • European High Yield Bond Fund
  • Pan European Fund
  • Pan European Smaller Companies Fund
  • Pan European Equity Dividend Fund
  • Credit Opportunities Fund

We are planning to transfer the assets of each fund listed above into an equivalent fund within our established Luxembourg fund range. The transfer will be made by a process called a 'cross-border merger'.

Find out more