Recent fund changes

Our range of funds are subject to change. If you are directly affected by any changes we will write to you in advance.

The following fund name changes took place in May:

 

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP/JPMorgan Global Macro RLP/JPMorgan Global Macro Sustainable
RLP/Liontrust Global Equity RLP/Liontrust Global Innovation

Please note that the fund charges remain the same.

Royal London have made changes to the RLP Cash Plus and RLP Enhanced Cash Plus funds

The names of the funds will change as per below. This is as a result of RLAM changing the names of their equivalent funds to closer align to their investment process.

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP Cash Plus RLP Short Term Fixed Income
RLP Enhanced Cash Plus RLP Short Term Fixed Income Enhanced

The description of the fund objectives will also change. The objectives themselves aren’t changing and the funds will continue to be managed with the same process they have previously, however the changes below provide more clarity around the process.

RLP Short Term Fixed Income

The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve a total return over rolling 12-month periods by mainly investing in cash and cash equivalents and government securities. The Fund’s performance target is to outperform, before the deduction of charges, the Bank of England Sterling Overnight Interbank Average (SONIA) by 0.5% per annum over rolling 12-month periods.

A minimum of 50% of the Fund will be invested in a combination of money market instruments, including cash, time deposits, certificates of deposit and commercial paper and floating rate notes. Government bonds are also included in this segment of the Fund. In exceptional circumstances the Fund may invest up to 100% in money market instruments.

The Fund will also invest in a range of securities, including corporate bonds and supranational & agency bonds, asset backed securities and/or transferable securities. The Fund may also make use of reverse repurchase agreements. 

The Fund may also hold a small amount of its portfolio in derivatives (investments that derive their value from another closely related underlying investment) for the purposes of efficient portfolio management.

RLP Short Term Fixed Income Enhanced

The Fund is actively managed, meaning that the manager will use their expertise to select investments to meet the objective. The Fund’s performance target is to outperform, before the deduction of charges, the Bank of England Sterling Overnight Interbank Average (SONIA) by 0.5% per annum over rolling 12-month periods.

The Fund will invest at least 70% in Short Term Fixed Income Securities. Short Term Fixed Income securities are instruments, which will have a duration of 0-18 months. In a normal market environment these instruments can be easily and quickly liquidated. Examples of these include money market instruments, government bonds and corporate bonds.

A minimum of 50% of the Fund will be invested in a combination of money market instruments, including cash, time deposits, certificates of deposit and commercial paper, floating rate notes and government bonds. In exceptional circumstances the Fund may invest up to 100% in money market instruments.

The Fund will also invest in a range of other securities, which includes corporate bonds and supranational & agency bonds, covered bonds and/or transferable securities. The Fund may also hold derivatives (investments that derive their value from another closely related underlying investment) for the purposes of efficient portfolio management.

The respective factsheets will be updated will be updated with these details soon

After discussions with Dimensional we are pleased to announce the following reductions to the Total Expense Ration of the following funds:

  Old New
Fund AMC Investment Expenses TER AMC Investment Expenses TER

RLP/Dimensional Emerging Markets

Core Equity

1.33% 0.09% 1.42% 1.31% 0.09% 1.40%

RLP/Dimensional Global

Targeted Value

1.40% 0.04% 1.44% 1.35% 0.04% 1.39%

RLP/Dimensional UK

Core Equity

1.11% 0.05% 1.16% 1.10% 0.05%  1.15%

On 22 March 2022, we were notified by Fidelity that they were suspending new money being invested in their Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa fund which the above Royal London pension fund links to. This is due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine affecting market trading conditions.

Fidelity note:

Due to the unprecedented situation regarding the war in Ukraine, normal market trading conditions have been significantly impaired.  Fidelity International, like many other asset managers, has experienced challenges in terms of liquidity across a number of its impacted funds, including the proportion of securities currently not tradeable, which have been significantly marked down.

It is always our duty to act in the best interests of all investors and ensure fair treatment. To do this, we need to make sure that all assets continue to be valued appropriately and that all trading activity on behalf of clients is done at a fair price.

Given the current circumstances and having looked in-depth at the options available to us to protect the interests of existing shareholders, we have decided to temporarily close the Fidelity Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa Fund (OEIC) to new subscriptions and switches-in. Existing clients in the Fund can continue to redeem or switch out of the Fund as usual.

The outcome of this is we must also suspend new money into the RLP/Fidelity Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa fund until the suspension on the underlying fund is lifted. This delay does not apply to members looking to exit the fund.

For further details please refer to our Q&A

For details of the RLP/Fidelity Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa Fund, please see the factsheet available on this page.

Please also see our RLP Deferral Alternate fund factsheet

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050.

On 28 February 2022, we were notified by JPM that they were suspending dealing on their Emerging Europe Equity fund which the above Royal London pension fund links to. This is due to having the majority of its’ investments in Russian stocks and shares and the country recently closing their stockmarket due to the current conflict with Ukraine.

What’s changing?

The outcome of this is we must also suspend trading on the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund until the suspension on the underlying fund is lifted. This means that some transactions will be temporarily restricted from the fund (for up to one month). This delay does not apply to normal retirement claims, death claims or income requirements in drawdown. 

Why JPMorgan are making this change:

Due to the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, local market trading conditions are not currently operating as they normally would do and accordingly, we are unable to manage the fund in accordance with the investment objective and policy. Given these current market conditions, and in order to protect the interests of existing shareholders, JPMorgan Funds Limited has suspended the JPM Emerging Europe Equity Fund. Unfortunately, we are unable to say how long the fund will be suspended for, but the decision will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Will the fund charges continue to be taken?

JPMorgan have removed the investment charge from the fund during the suspension period leading to a reduction of 0.75%. The Royal London product/admin charge will continue to be taken during this period as we continue to administer and price the fund on a daily basis.

For further details please refer to our Q&A

For details of the RLP/JPMorgan Emerging Europe Equity fund, please see the factsheet available on this page.

Please also see our RLP Deferral Alternate fund factsheet

If you would like any further information on how this affects you, please contact us on 0345 605 0050.

The following fund changes took place in November/December:

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP/Schroder MM Diversity Balanced RLP/Schroder Blended Portfolio 6
RLP/Schroder MM Diversity Tactical RLP/Schroder Blended Portfolio 7
RLP/Schroder MM International RLP/Schroder Global Equity
RLP/Schroder MM UK Growth RLP/Schroder UK Multi-Cap Income
RLP/First State Global Listed Infrastructure RLP/First Sentier Global Listed Infrastructure
RLP Asia Pacific Core Plus (Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders) RLP Asia Pacific Core Plus (Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability)
RLP/Ninety One Cautious Managed RLP/Ninety One Global Income Opportunities

Please note that the fund charges remain the same.

The following changes have been made below:

Fund Manager Old Fund Name New Fund Manager New Fund Name
First State First State Global Listed Infrastructure First Sentier First Sentier Global Listed Infrastructure
Stewart Investors Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders N/A Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability
Ninety One Ninety One Cautious Managed N/A Ninety One Global Income Opportunities

Please note that the fund charges remain the same.

RLAM have made changes to some of their passive equity funds which directly impacts the RLP American, RLP Pacific, RLP Japan and the RLP Far East (Ex Japan) pension funds as well as the RLL Pacific life fund.

The table below shows the new fund names:

Old Fund Name New Fund Name
RLP American RLP American Tilt
RLP Far East (Ex Japan) RLP Far East (Ex Japan) Tilt
RLP Japan RLP Japan Tilt
RLL Pacific RLL Pacific Tilt
RLP Pacific RLP Pacific Tilt

The following change has been made to the fund name and fund manager of this fund:

Old Fund Manager Old Fund Name New Fund Manager New Fund Name
Legg Mason Legg Mason IF Royce US Smaller Companies Franklin Templeton FTF Royce US Smaller Companies

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) are making changes to some of their passive equity funds. The change will start to take place from 9 August and will directly impact the RLP American, RLP Pacific, RLP Japan and RLP Far East (ex Japan) pension funds.
The changes will improve the Responsible Investment profile of the funds, whilst continuing to deliver returns in line with the traditional benchmarks with no increase in charges.

What’s changing?

The funds will move to an active management style, which will be managed within a controlled risk framework meaning the performance difference shouldn’t be more than 1% relative to the benchmark over a three year period.

They will increase and reduce allocation to companies and sectors dependent on key Environmental Social Governance (ESG) metrics such as carbon intensity, executive pay and social controversies.

What impact will this change have on the funds?

In the first instance, the carbon intensity of the funds will reduce by between 10% and 30%.  This is a significant step towards achieving the global climate ambitions of being net zero by 2050 whilst continuing to deliver returns within a controlled framework.

The benchmark will remain the same, with no increase in charges. The aim of the funds will be changing to deliver returns in line with the benchmark over a 3-year period whilst incorporating Responsible Investment and ESG considerations into the investment process.

BlackRock are changing the benchmark for two of the underlying funds which make up the RLP BlackRock ACS Global Blend pension fund. The change will come into effect at the end of June 2021.

What’s changing?

The underlying funds will now move to track an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) screened index. We do not expect these changes to impact the fund aim, which is to provide returns in line with its benchmark.

Why are BlackRock replacing the benchmark?

The change will address broad sustainability related factors and reduce risks related to a low carbon transition of the global economy.
The new indices will screen out certain stocks that do not meet specific ESG criteria such as controversial weapons, small arms and United Nations Global Compact violators as well as two fossil fuel screens related to thermal coal and oil sands.

BlackRock are changing the benchmarks of the following pension funds - RLP BlackRock ACS European Index, RLP BlackRock ACS Japanese Equity Index, RLP BlackRock ACS UK Equity Index, RL BlackRock ACS US Equity Index and RLP BlackRock ACS World (ex UK) Equity Index. The changes will come into effect at the end of June 2021.

What’s changing?

The benchmarks will move to an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) screened index. We do not expect the changes to impact the aim of the funds, which is to provide returns in line with their benchmark.

Why are BlackRock replacing the benchmark?

The changes will address broad sustainability related factors and reduce risks related to a low carbon transition of the global economy.
The new indices will screen out certain stocks that do not meet specific ESG criteria such as controversial weapons, small arms and United Nations Global Compact violators as well as two fossil fuel screens related to thermal coal and oil sands.

After discussions with Dimensional we are pleased to announce the following reductions to the Total Expense Ration of the following funds:

  Old New
Fund AMC Investment Expenses TER AMC Investment Expenses TER
RLP/Dimensional Emerging Markets Core Equity 1.50% 0.12% 1.62% 1.33% 0.09% 1.42%
RLP/Dimensional Global Core Equity 1.25% 0.05% 1.30% 1.17% 0.04% 1.21%
RLP/Dimensional Global Targeted Value 1.45% 0.05% 1.50% 1.40% 0.04% 1.44%
RLP/Dimensional UK Core Equity 1.12% 0.08% 1.20% 1.11% 0.05% 1.16%

 

The following fund and fund manager changed their name.

Old Fund Manager Old Fund Name New Fund Manager New Fund Name
Merian RLP/Ninety One Global Energy Ninety One RLP/Ninety One Global Environment

 

The following fund and fund manager changed their name.

Old Fund Manager Name Old Fund Name New Fund Manager Name New Fund Name
Merian RLP US Core Plus (Merian North American Equity) Jupiter RLP US Core Plus (Jupiter North American Equity)

 

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLP Global Managed fund to 35% UK Equities, 55% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented between now and the end of January 2021.

What’s changing?

• The benchmark will change from 50% FTSE All Share/50% FTSE All World ex UK to 35% FTSE All Share/55% FTSE World/10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index.
• The investment aim will change to - The Fund aims to deliver capital growth, over an investment cycle of approximately 6 to 7 years, by investing in a diversified portfolio of UK and global equities.
•The Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged.

Why are we replacing the benchmark?

As part of our governance process the Royal London Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) review the benchmark every three years. This move is the next step in an established direction to increase exposure to emerging markets and reduce exposure to UK equities and is in line with our current tactical position which is overweight in both global and emerging market equities and underweight in UK equities.

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLP Global Growth fund to 35% UK Equities, 55% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented between now and the end of January 2021.

What’s changing?

• The benchmark will change from 50% FTSE All Share/50% FTSE All World ex UK to 35% FTSE All Share/55% FTSE World/10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index.
• The Investment Aim, Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged.

Why are we replacing the benchmark?

As part of our governance process the Royal London Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) review the benchmark every three years. This move is the next step in an established direction to increase exposure to emerging markets and reduce exposure to UK equities and is in line with our current tactical position which is overweight in both global and emerging market equities and underweight in UK equities.

We’re changing the benchmark of the RLP BlackRock ACS Global Blend fund to 35% UK Equities, 55% Global Developed Market Equities and 10% Emerging Market Equities. This change is designed to improve the long-term outcomes for our customers and will be implemented between now and the end of January 2021.

What’s changing?

• The benchmark will change from 50% FTSE All Share/50% FTSE All World ex UK to 35% FTSE All Share/55% FTSE World/10% MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index.
• The Investment Aim, Annual Management Charge (AMC) and Total Expense Ratio (TER) will remain unchanged.

Why are we replacing the benchmark?

As part of our governance process the Royal London Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) review the benchmark every three years. This move is the next step in an established direction to increase exposure to emerging markets and reduce exposure to UK equities and is in line with our current tactical position which is overweight in both global and emerging market equities and underweight in UK equities.

We are replacing the above underlying investment and as a result, the Schroder fund will change to the Baillie Gifford Japanese Income Growth pension fund. This change will take place week commencing 7 December 2020.

What’s changing?

• The fund name will change to RLP Japan Core Plus (Baillie Gifford Japanese Income Growth) pension fund
• The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.70% to 1.57%
• The Total Expense Ratio (TER) will reduce from 1.86% to 1.58%

Why are we replacing the underlying fund?

The IAC raised concerns about the consistent underperformance from Schroders coupled with the retirement of a fund manager with a proven track record. The Baillie Gifford fund offers a strong performance track record and a significant reduction in charges.

We are replacing the above underlying investment and as a result, the Invesco fund will change to the Fidelity UK Opportunities pension fund. This change will take place week commencing 7 December 2020.

What’s changing?

• The fund name will change to RLP UK Equity Specialist (Fidelity UK Opportunities) pension fund
• The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.60% to 1.34%
• The Total Expense Ratio (TER) will reduce from 1.76% to 1.51%

Why are we replacing the underlying fund?

The IAC raised concerns about the consistent underperformance from Invesco whereas the Fidelity  fund offers a strong performance track record and a significant reduction in charges.

We made the decision to restrict some transactions from our RLP Property fund effective from 30 March 2020. The decision has now been made to end this restricted period.

What’s changing?

The restricted period will end with effect from 29 September. If any of your transactions were affected by the restrictions then we will contact both you and your adviser to advise the next steps.

Why are we making this change?

The COVID-19 pandemic had caused the valuers of the properties owned by the fund to have more uncertainty in their valuations and to reflect this they attached a material uncertainty clause to their valuations. This clause has now been removed and this has allowed us to remove the restrictions that had been in place.
For more details on delayed transactions and more, read our list of questions and answers.

We are replacing the above underlying investment and as a result, the Stewart Investors fund will change to the Fidelity Emerging Markets pension fund. This change will take place week commencing 2 November 2020.

What’s changing?

• The fund name will change to RLP Emerging Markets Specialist (Fidelity Emerging Markets) pension fund

• The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.80% to 1.70%

Why are we replacing the underlying fund?

The IAC raised concerns about the consistent underperformance from Stewart Investors, coupled with the fund being soft closed meaning no new Royal London customers could invest. The Fidelity fund offers a strong performance track record and opens the fund up to all members.

We are replacing the above underlying investment and as a result, the Schroder fund will change to the Baillie Gifford UK Equity Alpha pension fund. This change will take place week commencing 2 November 2020.

What’s changing?

• The fund name will change to RLP UK Equity Specialist (Baillie Gifford UK Equity Alpha) pension fund

• The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.70% to 1.50%

• The Total Expense Ratio (TER) will reduce from 1.86% to 1.51%

Why are we replacing the underlying fund?

The IAC raised concerns about the consistent underperformance from Schroders coupled with above average charges making it difficult to justify the fund from a value for money perspective. The Baillie Gifford fund offers a strong performance track record and a significant reduction in charges.

The following funds and fund managers changed their name in July. Please note that the fund charges remain the same.

Old Fund Manager Name Old Fund Name New Fund Manager Name New Fund Name
Investec RLP Global Managed Equity Specialist (Investec Global Strategic Equity) Ninety One RLP Global Managed Equity Specialist (Ninety One Global Strategic Equity)
Investec RLP UK Small Cap Specialist (Investec UK Smaller Companies) Ninety One RLP UK Small Cap Specialist (Ninety One UK Smaller Companies)
Investec RLP/Investec Cautious Managed Ninety One RLP/Ninety One Cautious Managed
Investec RLP/Investec Emerging Markets Local Currency Debt Ninety One RLP/Ninety One Emerging Markets Local Currency Debt
Investec RLP/Investec Global Energy Ninety One RLP/Ninety One Global Energy
Investec RLP/Investec UK Special Situations Ninety One RLP/Ninety One UK Special Situations
Neptune RLP/Neptune Balanced Liontrust RLP/Liontrust Balanced
Neptune RLP/Neptune Global Alpha Liontrust RLP/Liontrust Global Alpha
Neptune RLP/Neptune Global Equity  Liontrust RLP/Liontrust Global Equity
Neptune RLP/Neptune US Opportunities Liontrust RLP/Liontrust US Opportunities
Standard Life RLP/Standard Life Global Absolute Return Strategies Aberdeen Standard RLP/ASI Global Absolute Return Strategies

 

We’ve replaced the above underlying investment and as a result, the Rathbone fund has changed to the RLP Global Growth pension fund. This change took place week commencing 29 June 2020.

What’s changed?

• The fund name has changed to RLP Global Blend Core Plus (RLP Global Growth) pension fund

• The Annual Management Charge (AMC) reduced from 1.45% to 1.00%

• The Total Expense Ratio (TER) reduced from 2.2% to 1.87%

Why have we replaced the underlying fund?

The IAC raised concerns about the consistent underperformance from Rathbone coupled with above average charges making it difficult to justify the fund from a value for money perspective. After numerous engagements with Rathbones to discuss the reasons for performance the IAC agreed to bring the management of the fund in-house. This will result in a significant reduction in charges with no change to the fund objective.

After discussions with M&G we are pleased to announce the following reductions to the Total Expense Ratio (TER) of the following funds:

 

Old New

Fund

AMC Investment Expenses TER AMC Investment Expenses TER
RLP/M&G Corporate Bond 1.45% 0.16% 1.61% 1.60% 0.00% 1.60% 
RLP/M&G Global Themes 1.70% 0.17% 1.87% 1.85% 0.00% 1.85%
RLP/M&G Global Dividend 1.70% 0.16% 1.86% 1.85% 0.00% 1.85% 
RLP/M&G Global High Yield Bond 1.58% 0.16% 1.74% 1.63% 0.00% 1.63%
RLP/M&G Optimal Income 1.58% 0.16% 1.74% 1.73% 0.00% 1.73% 
RLP/M&G Recovery 1.70% 0.16% 1.86% 1.80% 0.00% 1.80% 
RLP/M&G Strategic Corporate Bond 1.45% 0.16% 1.61% 1.60% 0.00% 1.60% 

These changes will take place on the week commencing 18th May.

We've taken the decision to defer some transactions from our Property Fund as of 30 March 2020. This decision has been made in the long-term interest of our customers as a whole and we will continue to closely monitor the fund and provide updates throughout this restricted period.

What’s changing?

Some transactions which involve the Property Fund will be delayed for a period of up to six months. This delay does not apply to normal retirement claims, death claims or income requirements in drawdown.

Why are we making this change?

We've seen increasing uncertainty related to the valuation of property fund assets due to the impact of the Covid-19 virus. This has caused a number of Property funds across the industry to suspend dealing. Our property surveyors have confirmed that going forward their valuations will include a material uncertainty clause. This, combined with reduced transactions in the market, means there is an increase in the likelihood of unfair outcomes to customers and has led to our decision to suspend the fund for direct investment. Throughout this period our focus is on ensuring the best possible customer outcomes, keeping these in line with both customer expectations and fairness across customers in different situations.

Read the full list of all restricted transactions and to read our questions and answers.

We've replaced the above underlying investment and as a result, the Artemis fund will change to the Baillie Gifford UK Alpha pension fund. This change took place week commencing 23 March 2020.

What’s changed?

• The fund name changed to RLP UK Equity Specialist (Baillie Gifford UK Equity Alpha) pension fund

• The Annual Management Charge (AMC) will reduce from 1.70% to 1.50%

• The fund’s new underlying investment objective is to outperform (after deduction of costs) the FTSE All-Share Index by at least 2% per annum over rolling five-year periods. The performance objective stated is not guaranteed.

Why have we replaced the underlying fund?

The IAC raised concerns about the consistent underperformance of the Artemis fund over a significant period of time. After extensive analysis into alternative funds, the IAC decided it’s appropriate to replace the underlying fund with the Baillie Gifford UK Equity Alpha fund as it has a strong performance track record coupled with a robust investment process.