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Dunbar unveils delayed stake

Allied Dunbar has revealed details of its group stakeholder scheme which

is set for launch in October.

Dunbar claims its decision to wait up to six months after most players

have launched their group propositions is down to its desire to assess the

market without rushing in.

The new Dunbar product will not be available on an individual basis, with

the individual retirement plan remaining the life office&#39s vehicle for

individual personal pension planning.

It says its stance on stakeholder business is that fees should be paid to

advisers wherever possible. Advisers in its franchise network will be paid

2.25 per cent on all contributions to the new product, provided

contributions are £500 or more.

Alternatively, advisers can elect at outset to receive a trail fee of 0.25

per cent. This will be payable on funds under management of £25,000 or

more per scheme.

Pension marketing director Ian Price says: “With the launch of

stakeholder, many advisers have been asking us what Allied Dunbar will be

offering in the new environment. We have deliberately held back from an

early commitment as the market has been continuously changing and there

have been many matters of detail to clarify.

“The decision not to rush into the market has provided us with the

opportunity to better assess the market and to provide a sounder

stakeholder solution. We have focused very hard on making the group

stakeholder plan attractive not only to employers and their staff but also

to our advisers. We hope it will prove as successful as our individual

retirement plan, which is now selling above our targets.”


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