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Standard Life and Pru consider fund manager flotations

Standard Life Investments and M&G Investments could be sold off onto the London Stock Exchange by their owner groups, according to reports.

Standard Life is thought to be drumming up support in the City for a possible flotation of its investment arm, while Prudential is considering listing M&G.

The reports, in this morning’s Independent, say both groups have been alerted to the possibility of floating their asset management arms by the listing of Jupiter Asset Management in June, which was received warmly by the City.

They say both companies would be likely to retain small teams from the asset managers to handle their life assurance assets, or large stakes in the subsidiaries.


Earlier access to pension savings could pump £65bn into economy

Allowing pension savers access to their 25 per cent tax-free lump sum from age 50 would inject £65bn into the UK economy, according to research from the Society of Pension Consultants. From April 2010 the age at which you could take your pension and benefits including the tax-free lump sum increased from 50 to 55. […]

Advice in blunderland

There has been much publicity over the latest HM Revenue & Customs “blunder” in relation to income tax under PAYE. On the face of it, the matter of tax administration would not seem to be a subject that should be top of a financial adviser’s to do list and I would agree with that. However, […]

Inside India

Iam sure it will not be long before the name Insynergy becomes more widely known. It is a relatively new fund management business offering UK retail investors access to talented fund managers, whose skills have previously only been available outside the UK or to institutions. Insynergy absolute India focuses on Indian equities and is headed […]

FSA must be told if there are concerns over adviser ability

Firms must notify the FSA if they uncover issues with an adviser’s competence, including brea-ches of ethics rules. Previously, firms were req-uired only to monitor their advisers’ behaviour. But a new rule proposed by the FSA in its quarterly consultation paper will also require firms to inform the regulator where there are issues with competence […]


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