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Standard Life launches Dublin centre

Standard Life is entering the offshore market, this week launching their international office in Dublin.

The life company told Money Marketing in June it would be opening the office in early 2006, having submitted its application in March 2005 for Standard Life International Limited, which has now been approved by the regulator.

Chief executive Murray Drummond says the firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary and will sell cross-border into the UK under EU “freedom of services” legislation.

He says: “I am delighted to be here at the start of a very exciting opportunity for Standard Life. The time is right to enter the international market – our customers and strategic alliances have asked for an international product, while the emergence of the wrap market means offshore investment has become a more ‘mainstream’ option in investment and tax planning than it once was.”


Praise for Sesame’s dispute team

Although I am not a total fan of Sesame, I wish to place on record the excellent way the network is handling the endowment complaint issue from my perspective. Like most time-served advisers, I do have some exposure to endowments and have indeed received a number of complaints from disaffected policyholders (I hesitate to refer […]

Lazard is top Isa manager

Lazard was Morningstar’s top-rated Isa fund manager in December while Neptune was the biggest riser, moving up 22 places to sixth after a strong year- end. Lazard Asset Management delivered the best performance across its Isa fund range to beat off more established players. Morningstar ranks groups according to the average rating for their Isa-qualifying […]

Flight to join Guernsey Financial Services Commission

Guernsey’s Parliament has elected Howard Flight, Rosemary Radcliffe and Susie Farnon to its Financial Services Commission.The States of Guernsey has appointed the three financial services experts to its regulatory body. They will together work to ensure international regulatory standards are met.Flight is a former Conservative MP and a director at Investec Asset Management. Farnon is […]

State of the markets: global growth

In conversation with journalist Alexis Xydias, Artemis Global Growth Fund manager Peter Saacke discusses the state of global markets and how he is positioning his fund. Peter gives his views on the growth potential of US, Europe and emerging markets, each of which is on a different stage of the road to recovery. And with a […]


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