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Hartford adds new funds to personal pension

Hartford Life has added seven new funds and two new asset classes to its personal pension product.

Investors in the Hartford platinum and the trustee investment plan will now have access to international property and commodities asset classes.

The new funds include JP Morgan Natural Resources, New Star International Property, Schroder Global Property Securities, Artemis Strategic Bond, Fidelity European Opportunities, Invesco Perpetual Monthly Income Plus and Schroder European Alpha.

There are now 97 funds available through Hartford Platinum and the Hartford Tip all of which are available with an optional guarantee.

UK managing director Michael Rudge says: “The enhancements to The Hartford’s pension products will provide our customers additional choice and flexibility. The exposure clients will now have to commodities and international property funds reflects the desire we are increasingly seeing for a broader range of investments as savers look to grow their retirement savings.”


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