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Vanguard to make long-awaited move into UK ETF market

Vanguard is to make its long-awaited move into the UK exchange-traded fund arena with the launch of five physically-backed products.

The asset manager is set to launch the ETFs on the London Stock Exchange – subject to regulatory approval – after gaining authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland.

The five products are the Vanguard FTSE 100 ETF, the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF, the Vanguard FTSE All-World ETF and the Vanguard UK Government Bond ETF.

The Irish-domiciled funds are the initial products in a  suite of low-cost ETFs. The five funds have total expense ratios of between 0.09 per cent and 0.45 per cent, compared with the UK industry average of 0.53 per cent.

Tom Rampulla, managing director of Vanguard Asset Management, says: “We have chosen to launch the physical-backed ETF replication model because it is straightforward and easy to understand.”



HMRC faces legal action over Singapore Qrops

Law firm Dorsey and Whitney is planning legal action against HMRC on behalf of members facing a 55 per cent tax charge after a Singapore based Qrops was taken of the list of recognised schemes. A letter sent to investors in the Rosiip, equity trust (Singapore) scheme says HMRC removed the Qrops from its list […]


7IM to offer advisers banking and lending functions

Seven Investment Management is enabling advisers to take deposits and offer clients loans through its platform. 7IM chief executive Tom Sheridan says the new functionality aims to give “topend” advisers the ability to compete with private banks. He says: “We think deposits are of great importance and will help top-end advisers compete with private banks. […]

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Pension freedoms: stop the scams

At the beginning of 2015, we highlighted that the new pension freedoms that come fully online on 6 April also represent a very attractive opportunity for the criminal fraternity to scam savers out of some, or all, of their accumulated retirement savings.


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