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China fires Standard&#39s imagination

Standard Life Investments is heralding China as the next exciting investment opportunity for investors willing to take some risks.

The fund manager says there are several reasons behind its prediction, including China&#39s recent deflationary period, its entry to the World Trade Organisation and government economic reforms of state and private indus- trial sectors.

Head of strategy Ken Forman says: “We expect the new direction being taken by China&#39s political leaders will continue for some years at least. This will provide an environment in which companies should be able to operate successfully.”


IFAs urged to welcomelife industry standards

IFAs should welcome the ABI&#39s proposals to establish standards across the life industry, says a taskforce chaired by Aifa director general Paul Smee.The Savings and Long Term Risk initiative is to provide accreditation for life office brands.IFAs had expressed concerns that the initiative would grant accreditation more easily to providers which use direct salesforces rather […]

Same old regulation story?

On reading the headline in Money Marketing on July 27, Abbey Life clients left in advice limbo, I was prompted to reflect on some of the actions and non-actions of our regulators, both under the Financial Services Act and the new FSA regime.To what extent have they focused on the easy targets while ignoring other […]

CGNU retreats on charging IFA for policyholder data

CGNU has backed down from attempting to charge a Glasgow IFA a fee of £73 an hour for a service most life offices offer free, after being approached by Money Marketing.Alex Docherty of AD Associates IFA wanted to find out the compound interest rates on a number of Provident Mutual pension policies held by his […]

Occupational policyholders concerned about ethical investment

A majority of occupational pensions policyholders want to use their influence to encourage socially responsible behaviour by companies says research by fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime. The findings add to growing pressure on fund managers to take the ethical behaviour of companies into account as much as their profits before investing in them. However […]


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