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Aberdeen Asset Management lifts property fund trading suspension

Published 13/07/2016

Chief executive Martin Gilbert said he had 'no doubt that property will continue to play an important part in investors' portfolios' (Aberdeen Asset Management/PA)
Chief executive Martin Gilbert said he had 'no doubt that property will continue to play an important part in investors' portfolios' (Aberdeen Asset Management/PA)

Aberdeen Asset Management has lifted a week-long suspension from trading in its property fund, which was triggered after a rush of investors attempted to cash out following the Brexit vote.

Aberdeen was one of seven property funds worth around £18 billion to suspend dealings last week, and the firm's chief executive warned of further volatility ahead.

Martin Gilbert said: "Following the lifting of the week-long suspension, I am pleased that investors will now be able to trade shares in the funds. Investors should be aware that the price may be adjusted on a daily basis to reflect the funds' requirement to provide liquidity and the need to protect all investors.

"The market may take time to find its level but I have no doubt that property will continue to play an important part in investors' portfolios."

The company also put in place a fair value adjustment of 7% on its property holdings.

Commercial property appears to be bearing the brunt of Brexit fallout. Last week Henderson Global Investors, Canada Life and Threadneedle joined M&G Investments, Aviva and Standard Life Investments in halting trading in their property funds.

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