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IFAs are key, says Duffield

New Star chief executive John Duffield pledged his allegiance to the IFA

community last week, saying IFAs would be at the heart of New Star&#39s

retail efforts.

Speaking at the official launch at the London Planetarium, Duffield said

he was pleased to be back in the retail fund management market.

He said: “The IFA industry is criticised from time to time but I think

IFAs are at the cutting edge of the investment industry. The IFAs are the

key people in the industry and I think you are doing a key job. We are

trying to produce the best products we can to support you. I really did try

at Jupiter to be IFA-friendly and that applies with knobs on at New Star.”

New Star&#39s first retail funds – UK growth, managed by chief investment

officer Alan Miller, and European growth, managed by Richard Pease – are

set for launch on July 2.

Both funds&#39 initial charge is 5.25 per cent, discounted to 4.25 per cent

until July 20. A discount of 2.25 per cent is offered on all Pep and Isa

transfers through IFAs. The annual charges are 1.5 per cent. Commission is

3 per cent initial and 0.5 per cent trail.


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