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Schroders sold 4.5 million Just Retirement shares on Budget day

by Dylan Lobo on Mar 21, 2014 at 14:27

Schroders sold 4.5 million Just Retirement shares on Budget day

Schroders reduced its stake in Just Retirement on the same day the chancellor unveiled a dramatic overhaul of the pensions industry.

Shares in the pensions group were pummeled after chancellor George Osborne said people would no longer be forced to buy annuities on retirement.

Schroders appeared to have sold into the 42.4% rout in Just Retirement following the Budget, dumping 4.5 million shares in a transaction dated 19 March.

Based on a closing price of 154p following the Budget, the disposal would have netted Schroders £6.9 million.  

The move reduces Schroders holding from 31,274,535 shares to 26,772,010 shares, representing a stake of 4.127%. 

According to Reuters, the stake is held across a range of Schroders funds, including Citywire AAA-rated Julie Dean's (picturedCazenove UK Opportunities and her offshore Cazenove International Fund - UK equity fund, which held interests at the end of January of 1.32% and 0.41% respectively.  

The Schroders International Select European Smaller Companies and Schroders ISF Global Smaller Companies funds also had positions in the firm at the end of 2013.  

The shareholder register also shows AA-rated Paul Spencer, manager of the Franklin Templeton UK Mid Cap fund, held 2% on 31 December.  

At 1.30pm today shares in Just Retirement had lost an additional 5p, or 3.44%, to stand at 143.75p, well below the 268p price they stood ahead of the Budget.

Just Retirement attempted to take the pensions overhaul in its stride in a statement posted on the London Stock Exchange shortly after the Budget.

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