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Standard Life joins stakeholder crowd

Standard Life is joining the growing ranks of providers jockeying for place in the countdown to the stakeholder era.

The company has introduced the Standard Life stakeholder pension, aimed squarely at the potential stakeholder market of small to medium companies that do not yet offer a group pension plan.

It offers investors access to a total of 15 Standard Life funds, ranging from the stakeholder Japanese fund to the stakeholder ethical fund to the stakeholder with-profits fund. The plan’s default fund is the stakeholder with-profits fund.

The plan has an annual management charge of one per cent, although this can fall to 0.7 per cent if the nil commission option is taken, or even to 0.6 per cent if more than £50,000 is invested in the with-profits fund.

According to Standard & Poor’s, of the 15 Standard Life funds six appear in the top quartile for their sector, three appear in the second quartile and three appear in the third quartile over one year, based on £1,000 invested on a bid-to-bid basis over one year to February 12, 2001. The remaining three funds do not have one year past performance.

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