Where Next for UK Property Funds?

While most funds are still suspended, the return of workers to offices and opening up of shops, pubs and restaurants will lift the sector after a dire six months

James Gard 2 July, 2020 | 10:05AM

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With many shops open already and lockdown about to ease for pubs, bars and restaurants, the commercial property sector is looking to get back on its feet after a bruising year.

We last looked at the open-ended property sector in March when most funds gated to investors in the midst of the coronavirus panic, meaning no one could buy or sell units in the funds. Now BMO Property Growth & Income has re-opened to investors, raising hopes that more could follow suit as conditions improve. The fund largely invests in property company shares rather than directly owning office blocks and shopping centres, so is more liquid than most, but the move is an important first step for the wider sector.

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