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New look for BFS website

Investment trust specialist BFS Investments is revamping its IFA website and updating its product literature in a campaign to improve its service.

The new-look website, has been made easier to navigate and now provides greater detail of holdings for trusts managed by BFS. It offers a breakdown of shares by exposure to other splits on a monthly basis. The site also features daily data on prices.

BFS is making factsheets available online for its managed strategies, detailing the holdings of a sample portfolio so IFAs can see where a client&#39s money could be invested.

Director of retail products Nigel Sidebottom says: “Our aim is to develop the IFA website to deliver an invaluable service. Other additions in the pipeline include allowing IFAs to view clients&#39 valuations online. We are actively encouraging IFAs to give us feedback on any other features that they would find useful.”


Open market annuity option

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society has redesigned its with-profits pension annuity to allow annuity transfers under the open market option.The Omo means annuitants can shop around for an annuity rather than staying with their existing pension provider. The previous version of Liverpool Victoria&#39s with-profits pension annuity was only able to accept transfers from personal pensions. Now […]

Isis technology VCT axed as it falls short of target

Isis technology became the third VCT to be pulled from the market in less than a month on Monday, having raised just £309,000 since it was set up four months ago.The fund, which had aimed to raise £25m, was one of only two remaining VCTs not to have reached its minimum subscription and should be […]

Heath quits Portfolio to expand Impartial

IFA stalwart Garry Heath is quitting as managing director of Bankhall subsidiary Port-folio Member Services to become chairman of financial services consultancy and media group Impartial.Impartial was set up last summer by Heath and former IFA Portfolio managing director Mike Owen, targeting IFAs and life offices as clients. Heath will now take a hands-on role […]

Scottish Widows launches new ad campaign

Scottish Widows is launching a campaign to promote its new and existing income products. Starting next month, the campaign will promote Widows&#39 high income bond Isa, which has a Standard & Poor&#39s AA rating, and its new mid-yield, mid-risk strategic income Isa. It will also promote Widows&#39 corporate bond Isa. The campaign will be billboard-led […]

Is volatility dead? No, sell credit

There are several arguments that one could currently make for why credit markets look unattractive. These include signals that the US economy is in late cycle, the fact that corporate leverage has been increasing (with 2016 setting a record for the amount of global bond issuance), and that US high-yield default rates have risen considerably […]


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