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Fidelity International – China Consumer Fund

Fidelity International – China Consumer Fund

Type: Sicav

Aim: Growth by investing in the equities of companies involved in the development, manufacture or sales of goods or services to consumers in Greater China

Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,500

Investment split: 100% in equities in Greater China

Place of registration: Luxemburg

Charges: Initial 3.5%, annual 1.5%

Commission: Initial 3%, renewal 0.5%

Tel: 0800 028 4489

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Nucleus increases AUA to £2.6bn in Q1

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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