Fund charges and costs
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Our fund charges and costs explained
AXA Investment Managers ("AXA IM") and AXA Framlington Funds
This information is set out in accordance with AXA IM's corporate values; AXA Investment Managers UK promotes the understanding of the nature of charges, costs and transparency therein, which is in line with the Investment Association's (IA) recommended practice.
This information on charges and expenses relates to AXA IM & AXA Framlington Funds, UK-registered Open Ended Investment Company (OEICs) and Authorised Unit Trusts (AUTs) (referred to on this page as OEIC & AUT or our fund range).
The charges you pay are used to pay the costs of running AXA IM's OEICs & AUT. These charges can reduce the potential growth of your investment.
The notes below explain what these charges may be and the Cost and Charges Matrix lists the charges applicable to our fund range.
For more detailed information regarding fund charges, please refer to the "Fees and Expenses" section of the current prospectus of any AXA IM & AXA Framlington Fund, which can be accessed via our Fund Library.
What is the entry charge/initial charge?
This is a charge that is deducted from the initial investment amount before it is invested in the fund.
There is no entry charges for our fund range for the following Shares/Units:
R/Z/A/B/S/ZI unless stated within the latest fund documentation, please see the latest Prospectus for the fee rate for each fund. (Please note that some classes are entry by agreement with AXA IM only).
If new charges were to be introduced AXA IM UK would give you, as an investor, appropriate notice.
What is the exit charge?
This is a charge that is deducted from the final investment amount before your investment is returned to you.
There is no exit charge for our fund range.
What is the performance charge?
This is a charge that is deducted from your investment amount if the correct criteria for charging a fee are reached by your investment manager.
There is no performance charge for our fund range.
What are the ongoing charges?
There are different charges and costs borne by our fund range each year. These are called "ongoing charges" and are used to pay for the running of the fund and cover all aspects of operating a fund during the year, including;
- Fees paid for investment management to the investment manager (AXA IM)
- Independent oversight functions
These fees are known collectively as the Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF). The OCF is an industry standard way of measuring the aggregate effect of a number of these charges.
The OCF is expressed as a percentage of the daily NAV (Net Asset Value) of each fund share/unit class.
The OCF excludes the costs of buying or selling assets for the fund (unless these assets are shares of another fund).
The OCF for each fund is calculated annually (as at 31st December) based on each fund's historic expenses for the previous year. This figure is monitored through out the year to ensure it remains appropriate, if not it will be updated. This figure may vary from year to year.
When previously incurred expenses would not be a fair representation of the future costs of investing in the fund, or where 12 months of information is unavailable, an estimated charge is calculated.
Example of ongoing charges collected by AXA IM funds (typical Z Class)
More information about the AXA IM and AXA Framlington Fund ongoing charges
Annual Management Charge (AMC)
Investment in managed funds incurs an Annual Management Charge (AMC). This is the amount paid to AXA IM UK for professionally managing the assets of the fund. The AMC is reflected as a percentage that is deducted from your investment returns every year; however it is reflected in the fund's daily price.
Operation and Admin expenses
Registration Fee - This is a fee paid in return for AXA IM UK paying or satisfying certain ongoing registration and general expenses.
Trustee/Depository Fee - This fee is charged by the fund's trustee or depository, who are responsible for ensuring that funds operate correctly and in accordance with the Prospectus and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules.
Custody (safe keeping) Fee - This fee is charged by the fund's custodian who are the legal owners of the fund's property and are responsible for the safe keeping of the fund's assets.
Custody Transaction Fee - Represents transaction expenses incurred by the custodian of the fund for fund assets.
Audit Fee - Fees and expenses charged by the fund's auditors in respect of their independent audit of the fund's financial statements as well as any other related services.
Regulatory Fee - A fee paid to the FCA as regulator of the fund.
What other charges should you be aware of:
What are transaction costs?
In addition to the cost and charges mentioned above there are also costs incurred by all funds for buying and selling the underlying assets that form the fund make up. These costs are charged by the companies (such as Brokers) that AXA IM UK are selling or buying assets to and from.
These costs are to pay various fees, including brokers fees, exchange costs, stamp duty and other taxes as well as, an assessment of the cost for entering or exiting the market (these costs would be termed explicit and implicit).
For ease we have included all costs with our, > Cost and charges Matrix
Please Note: That all costs and charges shown within the cost and charges matrix are as of a point that has passed, and may not be the most update figures.
Pricing policy note
AXA IM operates a single pricing methodology, with a potential for a swing price. A swing price is used to protect your investment from the costs of buying or selling investments that result from a large investment joining or leaving the fund. Please see the Prospectus for details.
AXA IM are following the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) which states that firms are obliged to provide clients with appropriate information about costs and charges.
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