October 16, 2019 / 6:37 AM / 4 months ago

Fate of second Woodford fund to be decided on Wed -administrator

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The administrator of the LF Woodford Income Focus Fund said it would make a decision on its future on Wednesday, a day after embattled investor Neil Woodford resigned as its manager and called time on his 30-year career in funds.

Link Fund Solutions said it would inform investors of “the next steps” for the 258 million pound ($330 million) fund, without specifying details on the options under consideration.

Neil Woodford said he was shutting his Oxford-based investment firm on Tuesday following a decision by Link to liquidate his flagship 3 billion pound LF Woodford Equity Income Fund.

The equity income fund, which comprised more than 10 billion pounds at its peak, was frozen in June after a surge in requests from investors to pull out their cash. Hundreds of thousands of retail savers had money trapped in the fund.

After informing staff of his plans, Woodford - once dubbed the Oracle of Oxford for his high-achieving contrarian investment style - also said he was quitting the management of Woodford Patient Capital Trust.

The board of the trust said late on Tuesday it was in “advanced discussions” in relation to the ongoing management of the portfolio and expected to announce details of new management arrangements shortly.

“During its three-month notice period, Woodford Investment Management has committed to work collaboratively with the board and its advisers throughout this transition period in order to protect the interests of shareholders,” it said in a statement. ($1 = 0.7828 pounds) (Reporting by Sinead Cruise, Carolyn Cohn and Simon Jessop; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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