The benefits of Open-Ended Investment Companies (OEICs) For Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UHNWIs)
UHNWI can hold shares in an OEIC in order to meet their long-term investment aims while ensuring that their investment objectives are also met.
OEICs allow appointed investment managers to build bespoke global portfolios personalised for UHNWI. In doing so, these fund structures allow a legacy to be created that can be passed down through generations.
What is an OEIC?
Open Ended Investment Companies are collective investment vehicles incorporated in the United Kingdom and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). OEICs are subject to regulations designed to protect investors; including limits on the types and proportions of different investments that may be held.
What are the Key features of OEICs?
The prospectus sets out key characteristics of the OEIC, including the:
- Investment objective and policy
- Benchmarks, classes of shares available
- Minimal initial investment
- Preliminary charge
- Annual management charge
- Annual accounting
- Allocation dates
What are the Benefits of OEICs?
- Holding Income and Accumulation Shares – Investors can hold income and/or accumulation shares in an OEIC, which is aligned with the requirement for distributable income
- Pooling Together Funds – The unique ability of an OEIC to pool together funds can mean that the costs are spread and reporting is simplified
- Moving Funds – Within an OEIC, funds can be moved from one investment manager to another without crystallising tax charges for the shareholders
- Cost Savings – VAT is not levied on annual management charges, allowing the saving to be utilised against other fund costs charged by other third-party service partners.
How can Waystone help?
As an Authorised Corporate Director (ACD), Waystone’s team of industry experts is well positioned to assist with the set up and ongoing regulatory requirements for OEICs. Our ACD Services team has been designed to meet the specific demands of our clients and provides a comprehensive and high-quality level of service. Our network of service partners will help establish the fund and provide all of the reporting required to satisfy investor requirements.