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Standard Life teams up with UBS for Sipp offering

Standard Life is to offer its Sipp through life and pensions business written by UBS.

The life office has been added to a list of Sipp providers for the administration of business written by UBS.

The Standard Life Sipp was launched in December 2004 and has over 20,000 customers with investments in excess of £2.4bn.

Standard Life Assurance chief executive Trevor Matthews says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden our distribution reach for an important product line. UBS Wealth Management has over 200 client advisers with Sipps forming a core part of their distribution strategy to high net worth and ultra high net worth private clients. Our strategy to continue to diversify our channels of distribution and build upon successful alliances already in place is paying dividends.”


F&C to close AIM growth fund

F&C Asset Management is set to close its AIM growth fund on October 30 due to lack of investor demand.The £7m fund was launched in September 2001, and has been run by Catherine Stanley since October 2004. Stanley also runs the group’s UK smaller companies fund.

Defaqto deal for Find

Personal finance portal Find has bought Defaqto parent company The Independent Research Group in a move that has surprised the IT sector. A management buyout had been widely expected before the acquisition, which is believed to have cost Find £5m. Intelliflo chief executive Nick Eatock says: “If Find reuses Defaqto’s data in a consumer-facing channel […]

Royal Liver’s guaranteed CI cover follows ABI guidelines

Royal Liver has released details of its guaranteed critical-illness insurance plan which will comply with new definitions to be introduced by the Association of British Insurers. It will be one of the first providers to introduce the ABI’s new definitions on critical-illness cover, which all providers have to implement by April 2007. The guaranteed critical-illness […]

‘Bonds at risk under Ucits III’

Some bond fund managers using new investment flexibility available under Ucits III are putting money at risk because they do not have the necessary skills, says Credit Suisse multi-manager co-head Gary Potter. He is concerned that many managers do not have the knowledge to use the new tools, such as credit derivatives and stock-shorting and […]

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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