On 18 March, Countrywide Assured was notified by Aberdeen Standard and Schroders that they were suspending all dealing on Property Funds until further notice. Due to Covid-19, markets around the world have suffered huge disruption and trading in the UK property market is being severely impacted. As a result, the funds’ Standing Independent Valuers have informed our Fund Managers that it is not currently possible to provide accurate and reliable valuations for certain assets, including the properties held in the Funds. Therefore, in order to protect the interests of investors, a suspension has been applied.

Q & A

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  • When will the Property Funds suspension be lifted?

    The fund managers aim to lift the suspension as soon as confidence returns to the markets and there is more certainty regarding asset valuation, taking into account the best interests of customers and investors.
  • Which funds are affected?

    Life property funds

    Fund code

    Fund name

    1

    Countrywide PS Property

    SP031

    Countrywide Property

    GP3I

    Countrywide Global Property S3 Ini

    GP3P

    Countrywide Global Property S3 Premium

    GP4I

    Countrywide Global Property S4 Ini

    GP4P

    Countrywide Global Property S4 Premium

    GP6P

    CWA GLOBAL Prop S6

    GP7P

    CWA GLOBAL Prop S7

    PRO00

    CWA PROP SERIES 1

    PRO01

    Countrywide CW Property

    PROLD

    CWA Prop OLD SERIES       

    SOCPR

    CWA SOCIETY Prop

    UP1

    Countrywide Universal Property Premium



    Pension property funds

    Fund code

    Fund name

    61

    Countrywide PS Property Pn

    PENS036

    S&P Property Pn

    PU2I

    Countrywide Property Pn S2 I

    PU2P

    Countrywide Property Pn S2 P

    PU3I

    Countrywide Property Pn S3 I

    PU3P

    Countrywide Property Pn S3 P

    PU4I

    Countrywide Property Pn S4 I

    PU4P

    Countrywide Property Pn S4 P

    PU5I

    Countrywide Property Pn S5 I

    PU5P

    Countrywide Property Pn S5 P

  • Now that activity on your Property fund has been suspended, how long can you delay switch requests?

    The Terms & Conditions allow for switches and payments out to be delayed for up to 6 months.
  • What happens / what will you do if the suspension hasn’t been lifted after this 6 month period?

    A decision will be made closer to the time and all policyholders will be advised.
  • Fund switch: Which rate date will I get - the rate at the date I requested to switch or the rate at the date you resume switching?

    You will receive the rate immediately after the restriction has been removed.
  • How often will you review the situation?

    We will keep this under continuous review and will remove the restriction as soon as we can do so and ensure that all customers are treated fairly.
  • If I have a fund switch pending, will you process it automatically when you allow switching, or will you contact me beforehand to ask me if I still want to proceed with the switch?

    Once the restriction has been removed, we will contact you to confirm that you still wish to proceed with your switch.
  • Will any delay on switching out also affect my plan for retirement / surrender / maturity / transfer out?

    Yes, we will be unable to make any payment out or fund switch until the restriction has been removed.
  • If this transaction suspension prevents me from vesting my pension, will you compensate me if this delay means I lose a Guaranteed Annuity Rate? Or will you honour the Guaranteed Annuity Rate even if it has expired during the ban?

    We will honour the Guaranteed Annuity Rate entitlement if you take the benefits once the restriction has been removed.
  • Can I switch out of the fund?

    No – But you can redirect your future premiums into another fund.
  • A person named on the policy has sadly passed away, will this delay my claim?

    No – Death claims will continue to be processed as normal.