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Standard Life launches Group Sipp

Standard Life launches its group self-invested personal pension to employers looking to review their scheme arrangements in advance of A-Day next year.

Several investment options will be available including residential property from April 6, as well as Standard Life mutual funds, stocks and shares, discretionary fund management and commercial property investment.

GSIPP, due to launch in January 2006 will be fully integrated with Standard Lifes existing group pensions e-commerce technology. Online servicing will help to minimize administration for employers and advisers.

Marketing director Barry ODwyer says: We believe group Sipp will revolutionize the corporate pensions market. Group Sipp will allow many employers to simplify and upgrade their pension arrangements, particularly those who are considering a move from trust-based to a contract-based scheme in light of the Pensions Act 2004.


Actuaries warned on sponsor covenant assessment

Actuaries must make formal checks of sponsoring emp- loyers when advising on pension scheme funding, warns The Actuarial Profession. In a report commissioned by the Profession’s Pensions Board and published by its sponsor covenant working party, TAP says the first step in giving actuarial advice should be to determine whether or not the sponsoring company […]

Swede dreams

Adair Turner’s Pensions Commission appears to have found the Swedish state-run pension scheme to be a smorgasbord of delights but Standard Life head of pensions policy John Lawson warns that the menu does not include advice.

Leeds Building Society launches 1 year fixed rate bond

Leeds Building Society has launched a one year fixed rate bond paying 4.8 per cent until 1 February 2007.The product, with a minimum investment of 5,000, also offers a monthly interest option. Unusually for this type of product, access is available on up to 50 per cent of the amount invested without notice or penalty, […]

The cost of leaving IFAs in the cold

Could Adair Turner’s Pensions Commission see yet another attempt by a Government reviewer to cut IFAs out of the pension and savings equation?

Spring has sprung

Well, it’s been lovely to see a little bit of sunshine, even if it was only a brief appearance. I live in Scotland so, believe me, it was very brief.  Of course, with even the tiniest hint of spring, thoughts turn to the inevitable clearout that must take place.  And that got me to thinking […]


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