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Standard adds eight funds to life and pensions range

Standard Life has added eight new external funds to its life and pensions range from a providers including Macquarie, Investec, JP Morgan, Schroders and UBS.

Standard says the new funds highlighted are Macquarie’s global infrastructure securities, global private equity securities and its global property securities funds – offered on an insured basis exclusively through Standard Life until early 2008. Schroders’ UK smaller companies fund is also flagged as a coup for Standard.

Standard Life Assurance head of investment development Graham Dow says: “These latest additions to our fund range mean we can offer our advisers and their clients even more diversity in our investment options. Of particular interest this time are the funds from Macquarie Bank group and the Schroder UK smaller companies fund.

“Effective diversification of an investment portfolio is a big challenge facing investors today. Until now, accessing alternative asset classes has been difficult for all but the largest institutional investors due to the high minimum investment requirements and low liquidity.”

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