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Lifetime announces system developments

Lifetime has announced further system developments to The Bigger Picture to accompany the launch of the wrap’s offshore bond.
These include enhanced fund search capabilities, the ability to re-register investments on-line and apply directly online for corporate entities, joint or trustee accounts.
The offshore bond allows access to the full range of 1200 funds available on the platform and has been launched in conjunction with Isle of Man Assurance.
Lifetime commercial director Robert Fletcher says: “We are working with advisers to constantly improve and update The Bigger Picture ensuring we provide the functionality they need to offer their clients a broad range of investment options.”


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