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SVM launches global opportunities fund

SVM has launched a global opportunities fund which will be co-managed by Colin McLean and Donald Robertson.

The independent fund management group’s new fund launch coincides with the appointment of Victoria Lockett as its new investment sales manager.

Lockett previously worked at Montague Capital and Skandia and will look after SVM’s intermediary relationships in the Midlands and the South West.

During the launch period between May 15 and and June 5, the fund will offer units for £1, allowing intermediaries to take up to 5.25 per cent commission or rebate the initial charge to clients.


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Guide: how to… audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance

As the Pensions Regulator starts to bare its teeth and the changes mentioned in the Budget and Queen’s Speech start to come into force, it is essential that you understand your scheme and the processes you need to undertake to ensure it remains compliant. Our second re-enrolment guide looks at how to audit the key areas of your auto-enrolment scheme.


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