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Explosive: 2018 Document from Neil Woodford which shows him admitting to screwing Old Mutual to meet redemptions

Thanks to Winnileaks I have obtained an explosive document prepared by Neil Woodford in January 2018  in which he answers questions put to him by Old Mutual for whom he – at the time – managed a value fund. I publish it in full and it is explosive in part because Woodford – for once – shows a degree of honesty in what he says. And that makes it all the more damning. If the FCA can be bothered to read this it explains in a nutshell why Neil Woodford should never again be allowed to manage other folk’s cash.

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Is ARK Invest the new Neil Woodford and heading for a blow-up liquidity crunch?

It was a liquiditry crisis that did for Neil Woodford in the end. Meeting redemptions required forced selling which cratered NAV which caused more redemptions which, however much smoke the Mail on Sunday blew up Neil’s arse, lead to an inevitable conclusion. Now I wonder if over in the USA, ARK Invest, a star of wall Street in the tech bull market, might meet a similar fate.

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More dire news for beleaguered fund manager Gervais Williams (the new Woodford) – February data out

Here is a question for you and the answer is not Neil Woodford although it could be. Who said recently that: “easy, positive trends for markets have lulled our clients into a false sense of security”. Hmmm might it be a fund manager whose flagship Smaller Companies Fund is down by 16.2% over three years while his peer group shows average gains of 22%? Yes indeed, it is the clownish Gervais Williams and data just out on his fund is, again, shockingly bad.

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Gervais Williams & the Miton Smaller Company Fund – what was he thinking?

The fact that the Miton Smaller Companies Fund has collapsed in value by around two thirds since the start of 2018 is pretty remarkable. It must be a real embarrassment to City grandee Gervais Williams who runs the fund.  But his real shame should be in how the money was lost.

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BREAKING: Anglo African Oil & Gas from Bad to Worse but a sack the board GM call on the way

Having parted company with toxic David Sefton and Lyin’ James Berwick could things get any worse for Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG). With cash very tight and the Fat Lady already gargling in the wings surely not? Well actually yes.

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One chart that shows the true failure of Neil Woodford CBE better than any other

This one chart shows the true failure of Neil Woodford better than any other.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: it’s eyes down for a tsunami at Income Focus

Yesterday Neil Woodford finally threw in the towel. Having been sacked as investment manager for his own namesake Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF), as we immediately pointed out here on ShareProphets, his fund management operation was no longer viable. Last night we learnt that Woodford had handed his notice in at WPCT and Income Focus, and will wind up Woodford Investment Management. It is an outcome we have been explicitly predicting for over a year and a half and now it has come to pass. The only question now is how much further humiliation can be heaped on Woodford, and that day of reckoning is already upon us.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: One step for a small man........it's all over bar the shouting

And so Link, the Authorised Corporate Director of Woodford Equity Income (WEIF) – Neil Woodford’s flagship fund and the main source of income for Woodford Investment Management – has announced that Woodford has been sacked as fund manager, and that rather than be un-gated come December the fund is being wound down. In other words it is in full redemption mode. It will be interesting to see how much of the £3.025 billion it was supposedly worth at yesterday’s close will survive the fire sale which surely follows. But what of the other two Woodford funds, Income Focus and Woodford Patient Capital (WPCT)?

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: a big up-day as Boris goes for tunnel vision

Yesterday was, apparently, a big day in that Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans made it into the Euro-tunnel for negotiations. The UK markets went into a buying frenzy as suddenly the world is going to be saved. Thus the FTSE100 put on 0.8%, the FTSE All-Share (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds) put on a slightly more impressive 1.37% and the FTSE 250 raced away by 4.19%. Meanwhile Woodford’s unit trusts put on 4.27% (Equity Income) and 5.07% (Income Focus) in NAV per unit. All hail hero Boris.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch – FTSE up….Woodford down, but will he be out by Christmas?

Yesterday Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus unit trusts, the FTSE All-Share, put on 0.29% but once again the Woodford unit trusts underperformed, losing 0.20% and 0.21% in NAV per unit respectively. And Woodford Patient Capital (WPCT), having diced with the 40p per share mark a couple of days ago, fell away to a new low point of just 36.25p – 52.6% down on its share price at the start of June when Woodford Equity Income was gated. My, oh my, what a lucky chap to have sold the bulk if his holding in early July when the share price began with a four.

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BREAKING: Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch - WPCT shares halve since the gates came down at Woodford Equity Income

Yesterday Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus unit trusts, the FTSE All-Share, put on 0.22% but his funds lost 0.35% and 0.40% in NAV per unit respectively – yet another day of grim underperformance. Meanwhile, having diced with the 40p per share mark, Woodford Patient Capital (WPCT) finally threw in the towel and fell to just 38p and is just 37p in opening trading this morning. Back at the start of June, when Woodford Equity Income was gated, WPCT shares were trading at 76.5p: the shares have halved in four and a bit months!...

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: No Buffett!

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus unit trusts) staged a little bit of a recovery and put on 1% - not that it helped the Woodford funds, which only put on 0.27% and 0.18% in NAV per unit respectively, according to Morningstar.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch:EIF now 21% down in 4 months after another disastrous day

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share, Neil Woodford's benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus unit trusts, dropped again - this time by 0.64%. But as predicted yesterday, the Woodford funds scored much worse with drops in NAV per unit of 1.83% and 1.56% respectively. The latest drop pushed Woodford Equity Income (WEIF) down to £2.93 billion in total funds - a whopping drop of 21% from the £3.7 billion it sat at before it was gated four months ago. And just so that we do not miss out WPCT, I see that The Telegraph has dumped it this morning.

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BREAKING: Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: Woodford Equity Income Crashes through £3bn mark

Having been worth a total of £3.7 billion when it was gated at the start of June, Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund (WEIF) crashed through the £3 billion mark yesterday and as at midday was worth £2.987 billion according to Morningstar. By comparison, the FTSE All-Share – his benchmark – is almost exactly flat over the same period even before considering dividends. The underperformance is stunning.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: two days of outperformance (but no summer…..)

Yesterday Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus unit trusts, the FTSE All-Share, dropped 0.57% but his funds posted gains in NAV per unit of 0.47% and 0.53% respectively. After last week’s dismal performance a welcome relief but both are still very heavily down since Equity Income was gated. Well, actually both are very heavily down full stop.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: a better day, but WPCT questions future viability of Woodford

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share, Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus Funds, dropped 0.23% but for a change the Woodford unit trusts went up by 0.60% and 0.40% in NAV per unit respectively. Some good news for Neil: his Equity Income Fund has held on to the £3 billion mark for now, but redemptions continue at Income Focus.

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Another Woodford Interims report appears: Income Focus – Kier Blimey!

We’ve already had the half year report form Woodford Equity Income Fund and now the second of Neil Woodford’s unit trusts, Woodford Income Focus, has released it half year report to July. A few things raised my eyebrows: for a start, the performance was absolutely dire but the trading of Kier Group (KIE) simply looks like a gambler trying to win back all the losses with an outrageous long-shot. The facts are astonishing.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: the relative and absolute slide continues

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share index, Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus unit trusts, put on 0.99%: it had a good day. That didn’t help the Woodford unit trusts, however, as according to Morningstar Equity Income lost 0.37% in NAV per unit and Income Focus dropped 0.34%. Woodford’s Equity Income fund size was £3.7 billion when it was gated at the start of June. Now it has fallen to £3.02 billion – yet the FTSE All-Share has gone up over the same period.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: another day of underperformance as Equity Income dices with a line in the sand

Yesterday Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds, the FTSE All-Share, put on a quite impressive 0.7%. Unfortunately this was not reflected in the performance of the unit trusts’ NAV per unit, which fell by 0.2% and 0.87% respectively. Of course, the FTSE All-Share is perhaps a poor benchmark, but in the absence of a FTSE Bag-Of-Nails index, it is the best we can do. The latest drop left Woodford’s Equity Income Fund on the cusp of crossing the £3 billion mark – it now sits at just £3.03 billion. Will it finally drop below that today?

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: a big crunch

More bad news for beleaguered Neil Woodford. The benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds, the FTSE All-Share, may have been largely flat yesterday but the funds’ NAV per unit  dropped like a stone by 2.06% and 1.34% respectively and the total value of Equity Income now sits at just £3.04 billion. It seems just a matter of time before the £3 billion mark is taken out.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: another day of underperformance

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share index (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds) dropped 0.49%, but his funds dropped 0.62% and 1.09% in NAV per unit respectively as yet another day of underperformance took its toll...

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: do you believe him?

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share, Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds, dropped 0.32% whilst the funds dropped 0.43% and 0.88% in NAV per unit respectively. The underperformance is hardly a surprise to readers of this column, and Link updated yesterday on the suspension of Equity Income noting that since gating at the start of June it has underperformed the FTSE All-Share by a stonking 17.12%. Ouch.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: it is a mess

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds) closed almost flat on the day. Happily for Neil his Income Focus fund put on 0.23% in NAV per unit and Equity Income put on 0.57%. although the reported figures are still distorted by the continuing suspension of Eddie Stobart (ESL) after  its shocking news earlier in the week.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: more underperformance as the bad news continues

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Income Focus and Equity Income funds) put on 0.5% and Income Focus almost matched it with a 0.44% gain in NAV per unit. But Equity Income only put on 0.26% as underperformance continued...

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: all eyes on Kier as a grim day beckons

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds) was again almost flat – a performance matched by the unit NAV of Income Focus. But the Equity Income Fund unit NAV dropped 0.41% to bring the total fund size down to £3.11 billion. Oops….

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: normal service resumed

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share, Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds, was more or less flat but, according to Morningstar, the NAV per unit of those funds fell by 0.51% and 0.43% respectively. Normal service resumed, then...

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: beating the market – but only on a technicality as investors take advantage

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share (Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds) dropped by 0.63% but the funds’ NAV per unit only dropped by 0.4% and 0.48% respectively. On the face of it another day beating the benchmark, but one should note that with AIM-listed Eddie Stobart (ESL) currently suspended those figures don’t take account of yesterday’s calamitous news from that investment.

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford Equity Income falls and Thin Film finally dumped

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share – Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus funds – was more or less flat. Income Focus put on 0.11% in NAV per unit, but Equity Income lost an impressive 2.09% to take it back down to £3.1 billion of assets. Over at WPCT we had after-hours news at twenty past six in the evening of yet another write-down (an un-named company) which knocked 5.5% off NAV as the bad news kept on rolling. But in the wake of a lending facility, Oslobors-listed Thin Film (THIN) shot higher and Woodford offloaded his remaining holding into the rise as announced at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night (twelve minutes past five).

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford on a roll but bad news is rolling too

Yesterday Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus Funds, the FTSE All-Share, put on 1% and Equity Income followed suit with a 1.11% gain in NAV per unit. But Income Focus ran up a storming 2.94% gain. It will be interesting to see how. Meanwhile joke NEX-listed Rutherford Health (RUTH) – the former Proton Partners – presented Neil with a £12.5 million bill for newly minted equity and this morning Oslobors-listed Thin Film has announced a new debt facility to keep the lights on – and yet another round of redundancies. As for other pending disasters, there is still no news from Eddie Stobart (ESL) in relation to its promise to release interims in early September, nothing from revolutionary washing machine outfit Xeros (XSG) in relation to its attempted £5-10 million fundraise and from Verseon (VERS) there is just deafening silence.

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford gains but investors still want their cash back

Yesterday Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income and Income Focus Funds, the FTSE All-Share, put on 0.4% - as did the FTSE 100. But his two unit trusts again put on more. Has the tide turned? With a long queue of disasters in the making, I rather doubt it...

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Redemptions Watch: better news for Neil but the queue of disasters is lining up

Yesterday the FTSE All-Share, Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income (WEIF) and Income Focus (WIFF) funds, dropped a further 0.4%. Meanwhile WEIF put on 0.24% per unit and WIFF gained 0.17% per unit. Good news – and Eddie Stobart (ESL) announced a takeover approach. A good day then. Well, up to a point.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: hanging around as the problems mount and the stench grows

Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income Fund (WEIF) and Income Focus Fund (WIFF) put on 0.19% yesterday. For the second day in a row WIFF and WEIF both beat that, putting on 0.69% and 0.40% in NAV per unit respectively. Meanwhile, Neil has been selling more Norwegian Dog Thin Film (THIN), dropping his holding to 9.86% as announced at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night (at quarter to five) as the company continues to hurtle towards the corporate undertakers or an eye-watering dilution if a rescue refinancing can be arranged.

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Neil Woodford Redemptions Watch: a modicum of outperformance……except at WPCT (ouch!)

Neil Woodford’s benchmark for his Equity Income Fund (WEIF) and Income Focus Fund (WIFF), the FTSE All-share index, dropped by 0.41% yesterday but the good news for Neil is that WEIF and WIFF posted gains in NAV per share, with WIFF up by 0.26% and WEIF up by 0.23%. Hurrah – for one day only, he’s beaten the benchmark!

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Redemptions Watch: market down, Woodford funds down more but redemptions up

Yesterday saw the FTSE All-Share index, Neil Woodford’s benchmark for both his Equity Income Fund (WEIF) and his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) drop about 0.2% as Parliament continued its Brexit nonsense. But WEIF dropped 0.67% and WIFF lost 0.37% in NAV per share as Neil’s underperformance continued.

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford still behind those dodgy markets

At the weekend I noted that Neil Woodford was blaming the markets for his terrible underperformance – it was nothing to do with him, natch. Yesterday the FTSE100 put on 1% and the FTSE All-Share, his benchmark for both the Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF) and his Income Focus Fund (WIFF), put on 0.93%. But according to Morningstar, those two funds only put on 0.61% and 0.70% in NAV per unit respectively.

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Redemptions Watch: Redemptions continue at Woodford Income Focus as Neil continues to dump dog Thin Film (released at half past midnight!)

Yesterday’s big disaster for Neil Woodford was Oslobors-listed Thin Film (THIN). Given that Neil has already lost most of his money here already yesterday’s news won’t count as a financial disaster. But yet another dog on the verge of insolvency will – and once again we have the plain fact that Neil can’t bail it out because he’s got no cash being demonstrated to all. And to underline its mega-dog nature, this company once again clocked up an entry in the Red Flags at Night register, with a filing at half past midnight last night telling us of another sale of its shares by Neil Woodford. Half past midnight!

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford funds underperform as Thin Film warns of potential insolvency

Yesterday was a good day in the markets: the FTSE100 put on 1%. Of course, the FTSE100 is not the benchmark for Neil Woodford’s two unit trusts – that is the FTSE All-Share index, which put on 0.87%. So it is perhaps a tad disappointing that Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF) dropped by 0.07% in NAV per unit, although not as disappointing as Woodford Income Focus which managed to drop 0.89%. Oh dear...

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Redemptions Watch: another new low for Neil Woodford’s Income Focus and Equity Income funds

Yesterday we learnt from Citywire that Neil Woodford has dumped his holding in Nasdaq-listed Prothena (PRTA) for £50 million to San Francisco-based biotech investor EcoR1 Capital, ending another disastrous tale of woe. In the early days of Woodford Investment Management this was a star investment and Neil chucked in piles of other people’s money but last year it ran into trouble when its flagship treatment for amyloidosis failed in trials. In the good old days Woodford’s holding topped well over £500 million in value – and he’s got just £50 million for his 22% stake...

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Redemptions Watch: bad news keeps rolling in for Neil Woodford

The wall of bad news for Neil Woodford shows no sign of abating. Last week saw Eddie Stobart (ESL) suspended, his investment into laws of physics-bending Industrial Heat heavily marked down in a revaluation and two further biotech outfits written down to near zeroYesterday the FD at Rutherford Health (RUTH) - the former Proton Partners - exited stage left on the eve of his reappointment at the AGM which kind of suggests to me there is a problem, Muddy Waters continued its attack on Burford (BUR) thanks at least in part to the excellent work of Drunken Sailor. And on Friday (no doubt after-hours) we will see the delayed Q2 results from Oslobors-listed Thin Film (THIN) which has been trying (and failing) to raise money, and is running out of cash fast. Where will the next shoe drop?

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Redemptions Watch: a grim Friday for Neil Woodford

With so many car crashes waiting in the pipeline for Neil Woodford, Eddie Stobart (ESL) slipped through and the shares are now suspended at 71p. With its finances clearly in total a mess and a highly generous dividend under review (ie going to be scrapped) the next question is whether it will have to tap the markets for more cash as its lenders pull the plug. The good news for Neil Woodford is that the suspension means the net asset values of his funds will be unaffected until the suspension is lifted, but don’t let that fool you: the shares will be savagely derated in due course.

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford hit as laws of physics reassert at Industrial Heat

Apart from the long queue of hungry mouths to feed, there is the small matter for Neil Woodford of the unquoted asset valuations which, judging by the difference between the NAV per share at WPCT (78.96p last seen) and its actual share price (43.9p at yesterday’s close), the market clearly does not believe. This morning we learn that Woodford’s play, Industrial Heat, which defies the laws of physics, is to be revalued downwards by Link. It seems that the laws of physics are reasserting themselves in the form of gravity.

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Redemptions Watch: bad news for Neil Woodford as redemptions spike higher at Income Focus

The news blackout at Woodford cash-guzzling dog Verseon (VERS) continues, but at least the shares did not slip any further yesterday. That is more than can be said for fellow kennel cohabiter Xeros (XSG) as the fine disruptor of washing machines tries to get £10 million of new money to avoid the free taxi ride to the corporate undertakers.

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Redemptions Watch: for Neil Woodford no news certainly is bad news

No publicity is bad publicity, goes the old showbiz saying but for Neil Woodford any publicity is bad publicity these days. However, no news is bad news for him, and that brings me back once again to his disruptive medical play Verseon (VERS) which must be teetering right on the edge by now.

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Redemptions Watch: two up, one down for Neil Woodford bad news still flows – welcome (once again) to the 90% club

Another day, another round of bad news. This morning Neil Woodford will be reading the half-year results of Non-Standard Finance (NSF) – which he put his weight behind in its takeover battle with the rather larger Provident Financial (PFG), which he also owns. But NSF lost that battle and this morning Neil learns that the whole exercise cost it £12.7 million. But hey, its only other peoples’ money…..

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Redemption Watch: the bad news is piling up as Woodford funds continue to suffer

The bad news keeps on rolling for Neil Woodford. Yesterday is was OsloBors-listed Thin Film (THIN). The day before it also came from Norway as Idex released results.  AIM-listed Verseon has been continuing its collapse but hasn’t ‘fessed up to the market why (er…lack of cash?) and AIM-listed Burford has been biffed and bashed from all angles. It never rains when it pours.

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford Walloped; is Gating WEIF really in investors’ best interests?

Neil Woodford suffered another terrible day yesterday. His Norwegian disrupter of biometric cards, Idex, reported another quarter of monster cashburn and it is clear it will need yet more cash, his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) was hammered in the markets, as was the Equity Income Fund (WEIF) to a lesser extent, Verseon slid further to just 12p bid, Kier (KIE) was slapped down by 11%.....but at least the Patient Capital Trust offered a marginal increase in NAV – although the shares were slapped down in the market anyway...

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford funds buck the market (for once) but there's plenty of bad news brewing

Another bad day in the markets saw Neil Woodford’s funds having more of a mixed day. His Equity Income Fund lost 0.25% and closed below £3.2 billion but Income Focus managed to buck the trend and put on a tiny 0.03% in NAV per unit and even Woodford Patient Capital (WPCT) showed a modest gain when its NAV per share statement was released yesterday...

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford funds still on a downer

To be fair to Neil Woodford, markets have been a tad choppy of late, to say the least. But yesterday at midday the FTSE100 was down around a third of a percent and this morning’s data from Morningstar shows that Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) had lost 0.85% in NAV per unit and his Equity Income Fund (WEIF) had dropped 0.75%. Another day of outperformance (of the wrong sort) then...

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford funds all drop

Another mucky day on the markets saw all of Neil Woodford’s motley crew reporting losses. But whilst the FTSE100 dropped 0.4%, Woodford Equity Income (WEIF) lost 0.47% in NAV per unit and his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) shed 0.55%. It seems that outperformance is the order of the day, although not the outperformance his poor investors were hoping for...

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Redemptions Watch: Woodford gains from Burford bounce (at least for now) but WPCT breaks new ground and redemptions keep on coming

The Woodford Equity Income Fund put on an impressive 1.61% in NAV per unit yesterday, according to Morningstar, as it benefitted from the bounce by AIM-listed Burford (BUR) in the wake of its defence against the bear attack by Muddy Waters,  but with another bear outfit – Daniel Yu’s Gotham City – due to join the party over the weekend one has to fear for the shares on Monday.

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Redemptions Watch – Nervous Neil awaits Burford news while Income Focus suffers again as redemptions strengthen

This morning’s data from Morningstar is bad news for Neil Woodford, but perhaps not as bad as THIS if it turns out to refer to Burford Capital which is his second biggest holding in the gated Equity Income Fund (WEIF) – we shall find out at 8am. Yesterday saw his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) lose 0.4% in NAV per unit and WEIF dropped 0.54%.

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Redemptions Watch: Income Focus suffers in market meltdown & redemptions still biting

You have to have a tiny bit of sympathy for Neil Woodford (just a tiny bit, mind) this morning after yesterday’s market sell-off as the FTSE 100 dropped 2.5%: unless you were in gold (smile….) everything that moved was heading south. So it is little surprise that Woodford’s Income Focus Fund dropped 2.63% in NAV per unit – even if the drop was a little more pronounced...

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Redemptions Watch – a bad day for Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund, but WPCT shows where the real damage is occurring

We had a good day, now we’ve had a bad one. But it makes little difference: redemptions continue regardless at Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF). According to Morningstar, yesterday saw a fall in NAV per unit of 1.03% which should have dropped the total fund size from £284.9 million to £281.97 million. And why is WPCT's share price still collapsing?

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Redemptions Watch – a good day for Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund as Kier reassures

The big news yesterday was that Kier Group (KIE) decided to rush out a trading statement after all, having quietly tried to side-step one on 30 July. It is good to see the management in full control! But the statement did not seem so bad and the shares shot higher by around  a third, which was really good news for Neil Woodford, who holds around 15% in his funds. The other good news was the dividend, which actually went up on a year ago. Sackcloth and ashes for me.

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Redemptions Watch – Neil Woodford’s Income Focus slides on silence from Kier

Oh dear, Kier! Neil Woodford’s last Hail Mary - otherwise known as his great gamble on Kier Group (KIE) - put a hole in his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) as investors realised that the promised end-of-July trading update wasn’t happening and WIFF lost a chunky 1.08% in NAV per unit yesterday, according to Morningstar. And having battled back to £290.20 million, the fund fell away to £286.74 million...

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund gains... but will WEIF fiasco renew redemptions?

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) had a good day yesterday as it put on 0.53% in NAV per unit, according to Morningstar. Mind you, the FTSE-100 put on 1.8% and the FTSE All-Share index added 1.5%, so it wasn’t all that great. But a gain is a gain. In theory, that should have pulled the total assets up from Friday’s close of £287.65 million to £289.17 million...

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund – still redemptions every day

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) put on 0.3% in NAV per unit yesterday, according to Morningstar. In theory that should have increased the size of the fund from the previous close of £287.15 million to £288.01 million before redemptions.

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund – still redemptions every day

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund put on a modest 0.12% in NAV per unit yesterday, according to Morningstar. In theory that should have increased the size of the fund from the previous close of £287.08 million to £287.42 million before redemptions.

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund has a better day (of sorts) as a critical week looms

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund put on 0.39% in NAV per unit yesterday – not bad, given that the FTSE100 dropped 0.7% and was even lower at lunchtime when the figures were calculated. That should have increased the size of the fund from £286.21 million to £287.33 million before redemptions...

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund still sinking

The bad news for Neil Woodford is that his Income Focus Fund slipped again yesterday by a modest 0.14%. That should have seen the fund size drop from £287.25 million to £286.85 million – very modest. But of course that was before redemptions.

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus – half a step forward, two back; when does WIM become non-viable?

This morning’s data from Morningstar shows that yesterday Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund put on 0.08% of NAV per unit. That should have increased the total fund marginally from £287.2 million to £287.4 million before redemptions hit...

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income focus still slipping as redemptions total a third of the fund

This morning’s data from Morningstar shows that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund dropped 0.27% of NAV per unit. That should have knocked the fund down from yesterday’s figure of £288.5 million to £287.7 million before redemptions hit.

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Red Flags at Night from the Woodfjord Kennel

I suppose releasing bad news t 6pm on a Friday is a bit of an improvement from releasing calamitous FY numbers at eleven minutes past one in the morning (yes, really!) but it is still very poor form from Woodford Dog Thin Film on the Norwegian OslosBors (THIN). And the news was indeed grim.

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Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund June report – nothing to see here

Like his Income Focus Fund (WIFF), Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund (WEIF) has released its June month-end report and the percentage holdings of the top ten have not been revealed. The top ten has hardly changed and the only notable movement is that the bank overdraft has gone. So what’s the story?

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund slips again as June numbers (not) revealed

This morning’s news from Morningstar show that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund yesterday saw NAV per unit slip, albeit by the narrow margin of 0.04%. This should have dropped the fund from its previous total of £288.8 million to £288.7 million but redemptions knocked that down to £288.5 million. The trickle continues. Meanwhile yesterday saw Woodford release its monthly update to the end of June…..

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund up but redemptions continue

Morningstar has some good news for Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) this morning: the units put on 0.56% yesterday (despite its fifth largest holding as at the end of May, Kier Group – KIE - slipping again). That should have moved the total fund size from the previous close at £287.5 million to £289.1 million. That, of course, is before redemptions…..

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford Income Focus Fund dribbles lower again

This morning’s data from Morningstar shows that the NAV per unit of Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund put on a modest 0.05% yesterday. With the total fund having closed previously on £287.8 million that should have lifted the fund to £287.9 million before redemptions hit.

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund trickles on down

This morning’s data from Morningstar shows that Neil Woodford's Income Focus Fund dropped 0.29% in NAV per unit on the first trading day of this week.

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Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund has a good day

This morning’s figures from Morningstar show that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund had a good day yesterday as NAV per unit moved up by 0.95%. With the fund previously sitting at £286.6 million that should have moved it up to £289.3 million but redemptions trimmed the increase to £288.8 million: another half a Bernie out of the door, then.

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund still slipping

This morning’s data from Morningstar shows that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) appears to be stabilising – well, sort of: NAV per unit is marginally up but not by quite enough to cover redemptions...

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Redemption Watch: Woodford’s Income Focus heads north (just)

After a few torrid days, Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund managed to put on 0.33% in NAV per unit yesterday, according to this morning’s data from Morningstar. With the fund having dropped to £286.3 million on Tuesday, that should have seen it up to £287.2 million before redemptions.

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund heads further south as Kier nose-dives

Kier Group (KIE) fell a further 10% yesterday. Given that it was the fifth largest holding in Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) – despite offering no income – at the end of May, that’s not a good start and according to Morningstar the fund dropped 0.8% in terms of NAV per share.

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund down as Kier falls again

This morning’s figures from Morningstar show that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund has headed south again, and notched up another new low point yesterday. NAV per unit dropped 0.59% which should have dropped the fund from Friday’s figure of £291.6 million to £289.9 million, but redemptions nibbled away at that.

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Redemption Watch shocker: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund yields more ground

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund dropped 0.53% in its NAV per unit on Friday as the fund slipped to another new low point of £291.6 million. Having closed at £293.6 million on Thursday that 0.53% drop should have seen the fund down to £292.0 million but redemptions once again knocked a further £0.4 million form the total.

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund off lows

Good news for Neil Woodford today as his Income Focus Fund is off its low point of yesterday. Hurrah! But what about redemptions?

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford Income Focus puts in a new low

This morning’s data from Morningstar shows that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund (WIFF) put in a new low yesterday in terms of its total assets. There was a 0.38% slippage in NAV per unit, but redemptions again took their toll.

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Redemption watch: Woodford Income Focus – time for (other people’s) champagne?

This morning’s numbers from Morningstar show that Neil Woodford Income Focus Fund (WIFF) again had a better day yesterday as the NAV per unit edged ahead by 0.23%. So is it time, finally, for a glass of (someone else’s) champagne? Er….not quite.

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Redemption Watch – Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund

This morning’s numbers from Morningstar show that whilst the FTSE100 raced ahead yesterday, Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund (WIFF) was in the red – and redemptions again took their toll.

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund – a first!

It looks as though we have a first for Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund, for yesterday it appears that for the first time this month the fund actually grew in size. Not by much, you understand, but according to Morningstar the NAV per unit went up by 0.65% and redemptions were at last lower than that. So on the last trading day in June, the Income Focus fund grew for the first time in a month. Pop out the champagne!

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Redemption Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund – down and down

Yesterday I reported that Neil Woodford had had a (relatively) good day with his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) in that the NAV per unit had risen – even if redemptions had almost cancelled out the rise – leaving the fund with £298 million of assets. This morning’s news from Morningstar shows NAV per unit dropped gain yesterday and redemptions continued. It’s down and down.

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Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund – good news….well, sort of

This morning’s figures from Morningstar show that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund (WIFF) had a better day yesterday as NAV per unit increased by 0.56%. Hooray! Well, that’s the good news. As for the bad news….

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Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund - down again as £493m fund (at end-May) falls below £300m

It must be some kind of record: at the end of May Neil Woodford Income Focus fund was worth £493.4 million. Yesterday the fund had collapsed to just £297.6 million – a drop of 40% in less than a month.

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Neil Woodford Income focus – another day, another round of redemptions. What about liquidity?

And so Neil Woodford lives to fight another day with his Income Focus fund (WIFF) – well, at least one! This morning’s figures from Morningstar will offer him no comfort at all, however, as the NAV per unit shrank again and the outflows from redemptions continued. A double whammy.

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Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund – May portfolio update is just shocking.

I covered the May portfolio update from Neil Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) earlier today. Now I turn to his gated Equity Income Fund (WEIF). As a starting point, I note that its borrowings were up to 2.64%. With the fund valued at £3.7 billion it means the gating started with the massive headwind of a bank overdraft of £97.7 million which we have subsequently learned that the bank has demanded settlement of. Not a good start for a fund which was gated the next trading day facing, we learn, almost £300 million of redemptions. So Neil has to find £400 million just to pay that lot off.

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Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund – down again….will it be gating o'clock on Monday?

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund (WIFF) has taken a real beating since his Equity Income fund (WEIF) was gated. This morning’s figures from Morningstar show that the units dropped 0.5% yesterday – but redemptions saw yet more funds withdrawn.

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Woodford Income Focus: stocks gain, redemptions still biting and HL bang on the money

Tick-tock, tick-tock….another day and another day of redemptions at Neil Woodfords lesser dog fund. I calculated yesterday morning that his Income Focus fund (WIFF) had closed at £313.8 million on Wednesday and according to Morningstar yesterday the NAV per unit increased by 0.47%. So that should have raised WIFF to £315.3 million before redemptions.

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Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund: redemptions still in full flow.....surely this can’t go on much longer

This morning’s figures from Morningstar for Neil Woodford’s beleaguered Income Focus Fund (WIFF) required a bit of legwork to get the total size of the fund, as it has not (yet) been updated. The good news is that the sub-fund sizes have been updated so we can calculate the total fund size after all: no effort is spared for you, dear reader. Hooray! The bad news ... well that is more redemptions for Neil Woodford to meet.

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Neil Woodford Income Focus fund: redemptions continue – but where are the sales?

The numbers from Morningstar this morning show that Neil Woodford lesser hound, the Income Focus fund (WIFF), was once again suffering significant redemptions yesterday. Surely the end beckons.

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Shocker: Neil Woodford Equity Income fund will be gated until Easter at least

We have speculated about how much cash Neil Woodford needs to raise within his sunken flagship fund, the suspended Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF), in order to get the current gating lifted. Of course, because it wasn’t really an equity income fund at all due to the massive exposure to unlisted and illiquid holdings in companies that not only offered no dividend but actually need feeding so that will be quite an ask. We know that it had been suffering redemptions at a rate of about £10 million a day until the shutters came down when Kent County Council asked for its £238 million back on June 3rd. So that’s about £250 million (Kent plus that day’s redemption requests) already.

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Woodford Income Focus: a better day yesterday – redemptions only £2.6m (thankful for small mercies)

So Neil Woodford has survived to the end of the week without seeing his lesser fund, the Income Focus Fund, gated. It cannot be far off, but yesterday’s numbers released this morning by Morningstar show that the accumulation units dropped by 1.24% and the size of the fund dropped from £339.6 million to £332.8 million which means that just £2.6 million was lost to redemptions – less than one percent.

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BREAKING: Neil Woodford begs IFAs to stick with him in an email which is just not true

Disgraced fund manager Neil Woodford has sent an email to IFA's begging them to not only stay with him but to send a templated email to their clients urging them to do the same. The Woodford email is below and, sadly, scores low on the veracity front.

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Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund – redemptions continue as gating or just oblivion beckons

This morning’s data from Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (IFF) must be a worry as redemptions are still piling in. How long can it be before liquidity dries up and the fund is gated, like its bigger brother the Woodford Equity Income Fund.

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Neil Woodford – what of the regulatory response?

With Neil Woodford’s fall from grace following the gating of his equity income fund – which came as no surprise to readers of ShareProphets following our intensive coverage of the last two years. Actually, our first piece discussing Woodford’s woes was way back on 14 April 2015. Take that, the Sunday Times, which is claiming credit for bringing down Neil Woodford because of a piece in March of this year. But now, already, there are calls for changes to the regulatory environment - new rules, new hoops to jump through to prevent this happening all over again.

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Woodford Income Focus – the noose is tightening: sell while you still can – and where is the FCA?

I have warned in the strongest terms that Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund (IFF) will be gated and repeat that warning today. Last weekend I warned that the noose was tightening over EIF (call me Mystic Meg) and today I give the same advice on IFF. In the light of the suspension of Woodford’s flagship Equity Income fund (EIF) on Monday, I warned that the rush to the exit at IFF would be extreme and this morning’s figures bear that out with bells on.

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The Neil Woodford pain continues as NAV slips and stampede of redemptions continues at Income Focus. Tick-tock, how long to suspension o’clock?

Yesterday I showed that redemptions at Woodford Income Focus Fund (IFF) had been 6% the previous day. This morning it is down again sharply – and so is Woodford Equity Income Fund (EIF) despite the gates being firmly shut.

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Woodford Income Focus – how long until this is suspended too as the contagion spreads?

The smaller unit trust run by Neil Woodford, the Income Focus Fund (IFF), has had a torrid time ever since it was launched and trades way below the launch price of the accumulation units. But with Neil Woodford now in the headlines for gating his flagship equity income fund and even his staunchest supporter – Hargreaves Lansdown – suggesting that investors consider their position in IFF, much as predicted on this fine website, it seems that redemptions are running at stampede levels. How long can Neil Woodford survive this before he has to gate IFF too?

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What now as Woodford Equity Income Fund suspends trading? Shimples: carnage - China Syndrome time

Well shock, horror, probe! As predicted on ShareProphets for months, Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund has had to suspend dealing in its units with immediate effect, until further notice, to allow time to reposition the element of the fund’s portfolio invested in unquoted and less liquid stocks, in to more liquid investments. You can’t say you were not warned here on ShareProphets – and whilst it may be Ouzo time here for Tom Winnifrith and me, spare a thought for Cynical Bear who unpicked so much (and now has to get his dancing shoes out!) So what now?

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Neil Woodford blows another £50 million of other people’s money as profit warning from falling knife Kier triggers 40% collapse

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I can’t help it: I told you so. Shares in fully-listed Kier Group (KIE) have dropped by 40% (last seen) this morning, after a big profit warning, to just 165p. Neil Woodford – who knows best – had been hoovering up stock all the way down since the calamitous rights issue last December at 409p – itself a huge discount to the price Woodford was paying when he first bought in. It is yet another in a long stream of terrible calls by the great man, but I wonder if it will prove to be the last. But heck, the £50 million up in smoke on this call alone today is only other people's money.

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Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income Fund – May scores-on-the-doors as the losses and redemptions pile up and the noose tightens

Neil Woodford has had a rotten month of May. His pride and joy Equity Income Fund started the month at £4.33 billion but finished at £3.71 billion – a shocking drop of 14.3% in one calendar month and two of the four accumulation units closed below the launch price of 100p almost five years ago. But how much of that was due to poor stockpicking and how much was the flood of his investors heading for the exit?

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Neil Woodford – desperate times call for desperate measures

Another day, another round of redemptions. This morning we learn that Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income fund has now dropped to £3.75 billion and two of the four accumulation units are now below the £1 issue price of five years ago. Meanwhile shares in Woodford Patient Capital (WPCT) closed yesterday at 77.8p, as against the launch price of 100p about four years ago and last seen are down again this morning to 75.6p, and the newest arrival, the Income Focus fund has seen its accumulation shares drop by around 17% since launch. Desperate times, but fear not: according to this morning’s Daily Telegraph, Neil has a plan.

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Crisis for Neil Woodford continues as Equity Income Fund drops another billion since March

There are a few headlines around showing that Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund has once again been suffering redemptions. Figures of £450 million are quoted, but the scale of Woodford’s ongoing disaster is far worse: since 1st March EIF has dropped about £1 billion.

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As the five year launch anniversary approaches for Woodford Equity Income Fund, another line in the sand approaches as the race to the bottom accelerates

The horrific performance of Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund (EIF) looks set to cross another terrible mark as its fifth birthday approaches on June 19th – less than a month away. We know that EIF has been rooted to the bottom of the unit trust performance league for some time, but most folks would accept that you need to give a unit trust a decent run to see how things work out. Five years certainly looks like enough time for that!

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This week’s big disaster for Neil Woodford: MorningStar puts the boot in to EIF

So much for Woodford’s problems being the nasty press! Only this week, Neil Woodford was complaining bitterly about all these nasty hacks out to destroy his reputation at the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) AGM which our very own Tom Winnifrith attended. But MorningStar is a different kettle of fish and its analyst has put up a new report on Woodford’s Equity Income Fund (EIF) which is, quite simply, devastating. In the light of the new report, I would suggest that even the most sycophantic IFA cannot recommend to its clients that they leave cash in this fund. Prepare for an even greater tsunami of redemptions.

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Woodford Equity Income Fund – Red Flags in the end-April numbers

This week saw a bit of a landmark as Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund (EIF) crashed below £4 billion in value. It was £4.7 billion at the of February, and £4.4 billion at the end of March – but it peaked at over £10 billion. It is an astonishing collapse of confidence in Woodford. But the end-April numbers revealed a few surprises.

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Woodford – buys 2 more falling knives (AGAIN) as EIF crashes through £4 billion. Good job he’s not a forced seller!

Let it never be said that Neil Woodford is a forced seller of anything, for yesterday we learnt that once again he has topped up with yet more shares in Kier Group (KIE) and a few more Redde (REDD). Except that as at yesterday’s close, his Equity Income Fund had dropped through the £4 billion mark, according to Morning Star. Only at the end of March the fund was worth £4.4 billion. I wonder what he has been selling…..completely voluntarily, natch.

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Gambling Neil Woodford doubles down on sliding Card Factory

Last time Neil Woodford piled in for shares in Card Factory (CARD), back in October 2017 at c. 315p, the shares were hit by a profit warning and slid to 232p in January 2018. With 5.02% of the company, Neil Woodford was sitting on a loss (of other people’s money) of some £54 million and Tom Winnifrith was scathing. Well, the shares are now around 186.5p and the market (including Tom Winnifrith) is wrong, natch. We know this because Neil has been buying again, taking his holding to 10.06% last Friday. Heck: only 40% down – this is a winner, let’s buy some more!

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Could Kent County Council sink Neil Woodford within weeks?

Naturally, as a keen supporter of the poor, underpaid, over-worked, over-stressed public sector workers, I am distraught to see that Kent County Council has invested more than £300 million of its staff pension scheme with Neil Woodford. So far Woodford has, while earning a huge  and obscene salary himself, spunked £60 million of KCCs cash. But there is still £255 million left and the folks at KCC are “frit”

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Reader poll result and this week’s big disaster for Neil Woodford is…..

Well it could have been AIM-listed Purplebricks (PURP) which announced an awful trading update this week and whose shares collapsed (again) to a new low point of 108p. After all, Neil Woodford has been buying the stock all the way down from £5! Or it could be Atom Bank which, having seen BBVA walk from its option to buy the company outright, is now trying to raise £50 million (more on that to follow). But no: the headline for me is that Woodford’s Equity Income Fund has shrunk again, now to a fraction above £4 billion.

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Hapless Neil Woodford – in for a penny…..in for another £7m! (of other folks cash)

It emerged last night that Neil Woodford is still buying shares in Kier Group (KIE) like they are going out of fashion. Mind you, with the stock again plumbing the depths, I guess they are – and Neil Woodford appears to be the only buyer in town

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ShareProphets Translation Service: Hargreaves Lansdown – still backing Neil Woodford

As discussed by Citywire, Hargreaves Lansdown’s clients have been voting with their feet on Neil Woodford, despite HL maintaining Woodford’s favoured status as part of its Wealth 50 and buying more for its own house funds. In fact, Citywire goes on to report that HL now holds so much Woodford Equity Income between its house funds and client accounts it is classed as a related party. On Thursday HL produced another Woodford-supportive note and the ShareProphets Translation Service gives its view (original in bold).

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Woodford – the clear-out continues as he dumps VPC on an 11.2% yield

Earlier this week it was announced that Neil Woodford had dumped his entire holding in peer-to-peer lender P2P Global (P2P), worth around £88 million – the stake being bought by Quilter. Yesterday it was announced that he has sold his entire holding in another player in the speciality lending game, VPC Speciality Lending Investments (VSL). How are those redemptions going, Neil?...

Neil Woodford: “the best time to buy UK shares in three decades”, says the man needing to sell a ton of stocks to stay alive!

Neil Woodford is in the press again, this time thanks to Money Observer which quotes from his recent missive to investors where we are told that this is the best time to buy UK shares in three decades. This, from the man who needs to sell a boat-load of shares to keep going!

Neil Woodford – Bank Holiday reading in the press this weekend

As investors settle down for the Good Friday and Easter bank holiday weekend, Neil Woodford has had a fair degree of coverage to assimilate. Articles in The Times and the FT point to Woodford’s sale of £42 million worth of NewRiver REIT (NRR) to his former junior at Invesco – something which ShareProphets readers have been aware of ten days now (it is good to see the dead wood press keeping up!) Meanwhile Citywire reports that the suspensions of Woodford’s stocks in Guernsey may be resolved this coming week although we are not told which way. And Hargreaves Lansdown appears to be standing by its man, still, as it covers the recent results from WPCTsomething covered here some two weeks ago.

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Neil Woodford EIF – new figures show redemptions still a monster headache as the dividend crashes

Neil Woodford’s funds have just released their latest numbers to the end of March – somewhat earlier than in recent months. The Equity Income Fund continues its path to becoming Patient Capital, is still overdrawn, has been selling more of its income stocks to meet redemptions and the dividend has been chopped. What’s not to like?!

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This week’s top disaster for Neil Woodford

Our good friends over at Citywire have again come up with bad news for Neil Woodford, in revealing that investors in his Equity Income Fund (EIF) reacted badly to last month’s sequence of dismal news by cashing out to the tune of £160 million. Having started March with £4.7 billion, EIF slumped to £4.4 billion last month which suggests that redemptions are not the only problem for Woodford.

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BREAKING: Neil Woodford – whilst buying dividend slashing dog Kier (while everyone else sells), he’s been selling high (but safe) yield Paypoint

This morning Nigel noted that Neil Woodford had been buying Kier – around 1.2% of it in the wake  of last week’s awful results and a 79% pruning of the dividend. It is not exactly the sort of performance for an equity income fund, I would have thought! But It turns out that Neil has also been selling Paypoint (PAY) – which trades on an underlying yield of c 5.5% (but 9.9% if you include bonus payments) and where the payout is safe as houses. That sounds perfect for an equity income fund! I must be stupid…..

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And this week’s biggest disaster for Neil Woodford is…..

Neil Woodford has had another rotten week. Netscientific, which it seems he’s not going to fund any further, saw its holding in PDS listed on Nasdaq via a merger at $10 a share and the shares promptly headed south to close last night at just $7.65 – a drop of 23.5% which won’t help Netscientific keep the lights on much.

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Has Neil Woodford finally lost the plot completely? Blow up FT Interview suggests he has

I see that Neil Woodford has had an interview published in the FT in which he lambasts critics determined to destroy his reputation, misinformation, lazy commentary, fake news, fake analysis which “pisses me off” and vents his frustration at the poor investment decisions of investors selling up.

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Kier-blimey! Today’s Woodford disaster is Kier (again)

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Just when Neil Woodford might have thought it couldn’t get any worse (at least for a day or two), up pops fully-listed Kier Group (KIE) – whose rights issue refinancing saw the humiliation of being bailed out by the underwriters last December -  which seems to have found an extra £50  million of debt since its trading statement of just seven weeks ago……and capped  that with the announcement of a £25 million provision with regard to a redevelopment project at Broadmoor Hospital. As I write, the shares are at session lows of 412p  a drop of 85p, or 17%. Neil sure can pick’em.

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Woodford – latest numbers show borrowing disaster in the making as chickens come home to roost

Woodford Investment Management has published its latest monthly numbers to the end of January from its Equity Income, Income Focus and Patient Capital Trust. At first glance it does not look too bad, but a more detailed examination shows that debt remains a central issue, as does redemptions, and Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) seems on the edge of imploding.

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Woodford – slammed by Bestinvest in table of dogs

I pointed to Invesco and Woodford being named top dogs in the link to the article in the Telegraph at the weekend, but having looked through the latest issue of Spot the Dog from Bestinvest the data and conclusions are truly awful for Neil Woodford.

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And today’s Neil Woodford disaster is……..the equity income fund

Last night Woodford Investment Management released its latest update for the Woodford Equity Income Fund, to 31 December 2018. The fund had fallen to £4.98 billion as at 30 November 2018. At year end it had slipped again – to £4.67 billion. Oopsadaisie Neil, another £310 million gone!

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UPDATED: Neil Woodford was overdue with his accounts but has now filed - Companies House Double confirm

Belatedly Woodford has just filed accounts at Companies House - they will b e available in 5 days. Last Week the old Companies House website stated that Woodford Investment Management had not filed its accounts for the year to March 31 2018 by the December 31 deadline as we showed HERE. This morning, as you can see below, the new website has showed the same thing. What was Britain's most conceited fund manager not so keen we see. The 2017 accounts may give a clue.

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BREAKING: It is official – Neil Woodford is late with his accounts: what is he hiding?

Last year Britain’s most conceited fund manager, whose flagship fund is ranked 241/241 for performance,  Mr Neil Woodford filed accounts 11 days before the deadline, on 20 December. This year Woodford Investment management has yet to file its accounts for the year to March 31 2018. It is late. It will be fined. The FCA will be having kittens.  You want proof?

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Neil Woodford's Twelve Days of Christmas

If you enjoyed Neil Woodford's Christmas carol HERE and HERE and HERE we have a bonus for you. I guess the tune is familiar...

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Neil Woodford's Christmas Carol - the final chapter of three

‘Twas the night before Christmas.  The man who liked to be known not only for his humility but also for being Britain’s greatest ever fund manager lay back on his disruptive Eve mattress next to his rather flatulent but ever faithful old poodle Dampers. Whilst his companion snored loudly, Neil Woodford was deeply troubled by not just one but a second ghostly apparition that night.

Neil Woodford’s disaster of the day No 1 – Netscientific

There were two enormous red flags waving at NetScientific (NSCI), the healthcare IP commercialisation group. The first was the announcement a few weeks ago of a “strategic review” which in plain English means “we are fucked” and the second was that Britain’s worst performing fund manager Neil “Nomates” Woodford owns 47% of the company with the funds he used to manage round at Invesco owning another 19%. And so to today’s disastrous news.

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - when does forced selling by fund managers become a flood?

I start with the issue of fund managers and redemptions and thus forced selling of shares. Not just Neil Woodford, a special case, but generally. I look at this in the context of what corporate newsflow I expect in January.  I also look at Urals Energy (UEN), Telit (TCM) and the FCA, Andalas (ADL) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) answering a point posed by our own in house Bulletin Board loon Wildes HERE.

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Just how desperate for cash is Neil Woodford – another telling announcement: BTG

After recent disasters such as Kier (KIE) and faced with wall to wall redemptions, funds managed by Neil “nomates” Woodford are clearly utterly desperate for cash. Today another sign of just how big is that crisis emerged. It’s a shocker.

The Daily Mail repeats the Neil Woodford lie as it tries to save him yet again

Over the past two years one salient feature of the Neil Woodford car crash is that every couple of months the Daily Mail or Mail on Sunday, which were the biggest cheer-leaders for Nomates when he set up Woodford Investment Management, runs an article saying “it’s bad but will get better, average down.” The trouble is that the Mail thesis is based on one big lie.  At the weekend it was veteran Personal Finance hack Jeff Prestridge who landed an exclusive interview, i.e a blow job for Neil.

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Woodford Patient Capital Trust: The Big Short (September update) – The FT finally picks up on the impending Neil Woodford implosion

Slightly belated update on the end-September portfolio listings this month but the ‘good’ news is that I am no longer fighting this battle alone and a small, parochial rag called The Financial Times has started to pick up on the issues, although they don’t get all the story, natch!

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Woodford Patient Capital Trust: The Big Short (Feb updates: Equity Income Fund) – Astrazeneca jettisoned but balloon still sinking

Well it only took until 22 March for the end-February portfolios to be updated for the various Woodford funds but quite a lot to cover so it’s a two-parter this month. I’m going to start by looking at Woodford’s valiant efforts in keeping his flagship fund, the Equity Income Fund, afloat. It’s not an easy task dealing with continual redemptions and he has had to ditch an old favourite to do so.

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Provident Financial Rescue Rights issue - where does this leave Neil Woodford? Does he have a spare £115m?

Shares in Provident Financial (PFG) are falling again today thanks to weekend press reports that it is sounding out investors about a £500 million rights issue. The big question is where does this leave Britain's most conceited fund manager Neil "nomates" Woodford whose funds own 23% of the equity.

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Neil Woodford gets blow-job write up in Daily Mail - shameful journalism but look at the reader comments!

"Why Woodford has NOT lost his magic touch... despite UK's star stock picker seeing a series of huge bets going wrong spectacularly". So screams the headline on a leading article by Paul Thomas in the Daily Mail. I suppose it depends on how you define magic? If you mean it is making things ( like other people's money) disappear then indeed, Nomates is still the King. Why was this article written?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - My friend goes down for 21 months but the real story is Neil Woodford's £45m overdraft

My friend and former colleague the aristocrat Dru Edmonstone was - as widely reported - sentenced to 21 months last week for a £60,000 benefits fraud, something the pathetic wretch did to fund his spread betting addiction. I discuss this and ask does a case like that of Dru justify the current clampdown on spreadbetters. I think such a clampdown would not have stopped Dru for addicts will always find a way. I discuss the odd goings on at Saffron Energy (SRON) which hardly inspire confideence. But my main focus is on the revelation HERE by Cynical Bear that Neil Woodford's flagship £7.1 billlion fund has taken on an overdraft, as an emergency measure to fund either redemptions or a growing collection of falling knives or both. If Woodford believes what he says about markets being overvalued - and I do - this is a sign that Britain's most conceited fund manager has completely lost the plot and may be not that far from the final collapse. 

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Woodford’s Whack-A-Mole is getting out of control – could be game over pretty quickly

CityAM announced earlier this week that Woodford’s Equity Income Fund had lost a billion quid in funds since the start of the year down to £7.2 billion. This has huge consequences for all his funds and I’m not sure he has enough arms to suppress all the troublesome blind burrowing mammals raising their heads above ground. For the avoidance of doubt, I am referring to metaphorical moles at this point rather than Woodford’s investment diligence team. Let me explain.

Woodford Patient Capital Trust: The Big Short (Dec updates) – Things are getting ever tighter

As I anticipated in my RM2 International (RM2) piece yesterday, the December monthly updates finally came out yesterday afternoon and I thought it appropriate to provide monthly updates on The Big Short in conjunction with those each month so here goes. Quick summary: it’s not getting any easier for Woodford.

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A Second big investor dumps Neil Nomates Woodford after more dismal returns - more to follow

Last month the Jupiter Merlin group which, at one point, had £942 million invested in funds managed by Neil "nomates" Woodford announced that it was pulling out its last monies. Now another big investment group has given up on Britain's most self important fund manager. Aviva, one of the largest savings providers in Britain, has had enough.

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Woodford - the Redemptions begin in earnest, Jupiter Pulls

I flagged up at the weekend why Neil "nomates" Woodford might be just a couple mmore high profile disasters away from disaster in terms of a flood of redemptions. Well it appears that some are not waiting for the implosion of Purplebricks and another Woodford car crash.

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Arrogant Bastard Fund Manager Neil "Nomates" Woodford offers up the least convincing apology since Nixon

An evil PR spinner has had words with underperforming fund manager Neil "Nomates" Woodford, aka the most arrogant bastard in the City. Until now the line was "I am right the market is wrong, its business as normal." Now Nomates has recorded a video in which he says that he is sorry for the underperformance of his funds. Perhaps it is the fact that he has seen folks yank a net £350 million out of his £10 billion CF Woodford Equity Income fund in recent weeks that has caused the contrition. If redemptions continue on that scale, Woodford will be forced into some hurried share sales which will only compound his woes. The trouble it that Woodford patently does not feel sorry.

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F40 Origo Partners: The Noose Tightens

I previously commented (HERE) in the wake of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) seeing shareholders reject proposals aimed at settling a dispute with the majority holder of its Zeros, Brooks Macdonald, that the company seemed to have a bit of a problem. In particular, one might note that the company had already ‘fessed up that it would not be able to meet scheduled redemptions next month. Now Brooks has made a move as the noose tightens.

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