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Polar fears over HSBC Isa

Rival fund managers have raised concerns that HSBC&#39s triple Isa product, which combines the funds of three different providers, may breach polarisation regulations.

The Isa, launched in May, combines HSBC, Merrill Lynch and Framlington funds and was created in response to recent changes in the polarisation regime.

The new rules state that a provider can “issue or approve a direct-offer advertisement which advertises a packaged product of a product company which is not within the firm&#39s marketing group”.

However, a subsequent paragraph stipulates that the ad must not contain advice – a rule which some managers say is implicitly broken in the context of a product-specific ad.

So far, HSBC has been the only product provider to launch such a product.

Fidelity says it had originally hoped to run direct-offer mailshots on a selection of funds from its FundsNetwork platform but is now uncertain of the regulatory implications of such a move.

HSBC media relations manager Rob Skinner says: “This is very much an experiment. We have had discussions with the regulator and we are confident it abides by all the regulations.”

The FSA says it will not comment on an individual case.

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