The PruFund range of funds aim to grow your client's money over the medium to long term (5 to 10 years or more), while protecting them from some of the short-term ups and downs of direct stockmarket investments by using an established smoothing process.
PruFund funds are invested in the Prudential With-Profits Fund, which is one of the largest with-profits funds in the UK. There are differences across the range of PruFund funds in their objectives and mix of assets, and how PruFund delivers returns to investors when compared to other With-Profits business, which means the returns received by investors will vary by fund choice.
Please remember that the value of investments can go down as well as up, your client may not get back what they have paid in.
PruFund funds are multi-asset funds which provide access to a wide range of assets, across different asset types and countries. This diversification allows your client to spread the risk of investment.
Our established smoothing process uses Expected Growth Rates, and where required, Unit Price Adjustments, to deliver a smoothed investment journey.
We may decide to reset the smoothed price of a PruFund fund on a particular day, to protect the With-Profits Fund.
If we decide to reset, the smoothed price of the affected fund would be adjusted to be the same value as the unsmoothed price on that working day. That adjusted smoothed price will then continue to grow in line with the Expected Growth Rate from the working day after this reset of the smoothed price. This is referred to as a Unit Price Reset in other literature.
Suspension of Smoothing
In certain circumstances, the smoothing process may be suspended in order to protect the With-Profits Fund and the clients invested in it. This can happen independently for each fund in the PruFund Range of funds. When this happens, the smoothed price for each of the affected fund(s) is set to the unsmoothed price for each day until we reinstate the smoothing process.
Who manages the PruFund range of funds?
M&GPrudential Treasury & Investment Office (T&IO), includes the team formerly known as Prudential Portfolio Management Group who monitor and manage the Prudential Group fund managers responsible for the majority of underlying funds that these Multi-Asset funds invest in.
The following table shows fund availability for our key products.
Series E (PDF) - All investments made after 25 August 2017 (including fund switches and regular premium contributions).
T&IO works closely with Prudential to set the overarching strategic asset allocation framework for the multi-asset fund range and for managing the asset allocation on an ongoing basis.
There is a range of PruFund funds designed to suit different attitudes to risk and reward, for those wishing to invest for 5 to 10 years or more. There are the five Risk Managed PruFund funds and also the PruFund Growth and Cautious Funds, the latter two may include some guarantee options (at an additional charge).
Risk Managed PruFund funds
The Risk Managed PruFund funds aim to achieve long-term total return (the combination of income and growth of capital). The funds are actively managed and aim to limit the fluctuations ('volatility') an investment experiences, after allowing for smoothing, to pre-determined limits over the medium to long term.
There is no guarantee that a fund will achieve its objective of managing the volatility to the target level.
Target Volatility Level
PruFund Risk Managed 1
PruFund Risk Managed 2
PruFund Risk Managed 3
PruFund Risk Managed 4
PruFund Risk Managed 5
PruFund Growth Fund
The PruFund Growth Fund aims to maximise growth over the medium to long term (5 to 10 years or more) by investing in shares, property, fixed-interest and other investments. The fund currently invests in UK and international equities, property, fixed-interest securities, index-linked securities and other specialist investments.
PruFund Cautious Fund
The PruFund Cautious Fund aims for steady and consistent growth through a cautious approach to investing. The fund currently invests around 70% in a well-diversified portfolio of fixed interest securities and holdings of cash and money market instruments. The balance is invested in UK and international shares, property and alternative assets.
The PruFund Cautious Fund and PruFund Growth Fund may offer optional guarantees, at an extra charge.