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Skandia business targets global funds

Skandia is setting up a global asset management business offering outsourced offshore mutual funds across different asset classes, industries, countries, company sizes and investment types. Skandia Global Funds will determine the objective, investment mandate and manager of 20 offshore funds, which will be domiciled in Dublin and sold in more than 20 countries outside the UK. By the end of the year, it hopes to have increased the number of funds it is offering to around 30.


Admin crisis on pension sharing

IFAs are struggling to find product providers which offer a complete service for taking on pension funds split by a divorce 18 months after pension-sharing legislation was introduced.Pension sharing allows a pension fund to be split in the event of divorce. The divorced spouse gets a credit which can be moved elsewhere.Friends Provident, Scot-tish Equitable, […]

Why are providers so optimistic?

With very few exceptions, the major product providers in the insurance and investment world are reporting impressive results, with increased sales and optimistic forecasts for the future.We all know that pension business is dramatically down. Executive pensions to a large extent, FSAVCs and even personal pensions are becoming a memory. If pension business is being […]

Solus loses two fund managers

Solus Investment Funds managing director John Eckersley and investment director David Soutar are leaving the company to set up an investment boutique. Eckersley, who managed the Solus charity UK equity fund, has been with the company for 10 years but is quitting to establish Castlefield Investments. He will be joined by UK equity income and […]

Pan-European pensions get the go ahead

Pan-European occupational pension schemes are set to become a reality after European leaders reached a political agreement. The Directive will set out a prudential framework for cross border pension schemes. Onerous restrictions on equity asset allocation that where once mooted do not form part of the final agreement.The ABI welcomed the move and said it […]


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