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Skandia multi-funds become part of Bigger Picture

Lifetime is adding Skandia Investment Management’s range of multi-manager funds to its wrap platform The Bigger Picture.

The Bigger Picture now features funds from 60 houses. Skandia IM’s asset alloca- tor range has sold 300m since April and comprises five equity and two fixed-interest funds covering all major markets.

Lifetime director Michael Short says that while the inclusion of the range may cannibalise sales from platform owner Norwich Union’s fund of funds and multi-manager portfolios, its open-architecture business model means that Lifetime will continue to provide funds for which there is market demand. He describes Skandia IM as a leading name in multi-management and says the link-up strengthens Lifetime’s offering to advisers.

Skandia Investment Management chief executive Jamie MacLeod says: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Lifetime in providing our asset allocator range on the Bigger Picture platform. We have been working on this deal for six months and Lifetime is a powerful distributor. The move will work alongside our other distribution deals.”

Riach IFA proprietor Bob Riach says: “I prefer to pick my own funds for the client but Skandia Investment Management’s product is good for advisers who perhaps do not keep their hand in so much where investment is concerned.”

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