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SLI offers online asset allocation aid for advisers

Scottish Life International has set up an online asset allocation tool to ensure that an IFA’s investment advice matches the risk profiles of clients.

SLI believes the risk manager service offers intermediaries a clearer record of the investment advice they give and a client’s risk level.

It is free to advisers as an extension of SLI’s extranet and will be rolled out this week initially to existing users of the extranet.

The software, which has been developed by actuarial consultantcy Barrie and Hibbert, calculates the probability of returns from seven asset classes, rating them on risk and potential outcome.

SLI refers to research from the Myners review that says determining asset allocation is by far the most important decision that an investor makes, contributing to 94 per cent of portfolio returns, compared with 4 per cent for stock selection and 2 per cent for market timing.

Head of marketing Rich-ard Jamieson says: “Obviously, there is no way of guaranteeing absolute certainty in this market but we believe that this selling tool will be of value to IFAs if nothing else than for allowing them the chance to cover their backs years down the line, which is increasingly important these days.”

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