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Abacus wrapper deal cuts out providers

Financial services consultancy Abacus is part of a group preparing to set up a venture that it believes has the potential to challenge life companies. The business model involves offering wrapper products direct to investors without involving providers in the distribution model and without the IT overheads of the traditional range of products.

The firm is expected to announce details next month. It has confirmed to Money Marketing that the core management will be former UK Skandia Life founder Paul Bradshaw, Abacus partners Philip Martin and David Ferguson and ex-Perpetual executive Mary-Anne MacIntyre.

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Abacus looks at wrap

Financial services consultants Abacus is part of a group preparing to launch a new venture that it believes has the potential to put life companies out of the picture. The business model involves offering wrapper products direct to investors without involving providers in the distribution model and without the costly IT overheads of the traditional […]

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