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Standard Life

Standard Life was crowned best personal pension provider, adding to its brace of trophies, including best group pension provider. The life office is no stranger to the honour, having won the award last year as well. CGU took second place and Friends were third. Standard Life assistant general manager (marketing) Colin Ledlie says: &#34As well as the generic factors which influenced the IFAs like financial strength, our personal pensions stand out for their high quality and excellent long-term investment performance.&#34 Friends Provident spokesman Jim Murdoch says: &#34Obviously we are delighted as the award is nominated by IFAs in a major product area. We believe we are offering a very competitive product with a good investment performance. It is evidence that we are recognised by the IFA audience who are a major source of business. It is especially important as we move into the stakeholder era.&#34


A Window of opportunity

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been looking at issues affectingboth IFAs and the industry in general concerning development of financialservices portals.This has covered both IFAs&#39 needs to develop their own online presence tocommunicate with clients and consumers generally and the industry&#39sapproach to business- to-business portals.A few weeks ago, AssureSoft announced its IFA […]

Omo sapiens

The revelation that 75 per cent of people are missing out at retirementbecause they do not shop around with their money has had little impact onan industry which makes its profits from client apathy.But it has prompted calls from some industry experts for action from theGovernment, which could face criticism if it does not ensure […]

Canadian company ties up bond deal with Newton

Sun Life Financial of Canada is linking up with Newton Fund Managers toroll out two investment bonds in August.The Basingstoke-based life office plans to link two Newton funds into itsSelect Investment bond.Sun Life Financial, which recently floated on the stockmarket, will alsobe launching a protected growth fund with Edinburgh Fund Managersin August.Downside protection will be […]

FSA joins Aifa forum to restore stability on PI

The FSA is to join an Aifa forum on the professional indemnity market in abid to dispel fears of a retrospective review.The forum, which will meet three times a year, is part of a step-by-stepplan that Aifa has drawn up to help restore “order and stability” to the PImarket for IFAs and drive down the […]

Large-cap growth alpha thesis: seeking risk-adjusted excess returns

Content supplied by Loomis, Sayles & Company — an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management For mutual fund investors and managers of large pensions or endowments, a major challenge is to identify those portfolio managers who are most likely to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns in the future. Understanding how an investment philosophy informs a manager’s decision […]


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