Why does the accumulation unit have a higher price than the income unit?
Where a fund offers a choice between income and accumulation units, you will often see that the price of the accumulation units is higher. This is because any income received from the underlying holdings will be retained within the fund, where it is ‘rolled up’ over time and reflected in the value of the units on a daily basis. In contrast, income units are structured to pay out any dividends/distributions to the unit holders, whether on an annual, bi-annual, quarterly or monthly basis. It is therefore common to see the difference in the price of the income and accumulation units diverge over time.