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Widows adds new fund links

Scottish Widows has added a range of fund links to its life and pension offering.

The funds are Jupiter&#39s distribution, income and undervalued assets funds, New Star&#39s fixed interest, higher income, managed distribution and UK aggressive funds and Schroders&#39 UK alpha plus fund. Widows&#39 marketing director Peter Jordan says: “We constantly review the full range of our investment options and are delighted to be able to enhance the fund management team with these additions.”


Watchdog&#39s view is critical

The Financial Services Ombudsman is reckoned to be looking warily at the trend towards reviewable premiums on critical-illness policies, with some product providers saying that the watchdog has indicated that such contracts may fall foul of unfair contract principles. It has indicated its concerns that policyholders may not understand the premiums they are being quoted […]

Legal & General confirms principal status for mortgages

L&G has confirmed that it will take principal status under mortgage regulation next October. It is starting discussions with business partners to communicate how it intends to operate in the new market. Managing director, intermediary solutions Graham Newitt says: “The development of our proposition is a significant project and it is progressing well across a […]

UBS nets butterfly economies

UBS ASSET MANAGEMENT UBS GLOBAL EMERGING MARKETS FUND Type: Oeic Aim: Growth by investing in emerging markets Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £50 Investment split: 49.6% Pacific, 10.1% Europe, 9.8% South America, 9.2% North America, 7.7% South Africa, 7.4% Asia, 2.5% China, 3.7% cash Isa link: Yes Pep transfer: Yes Charges: Initial 4%, annual […]

Prudential offers maximum choice

Prudential has established the flexible investment plan, a unit-linked portfolio bond that provides access to a range of investments through five existing Prudential bonds. The product consists of the cautious bond, corporate bond, property bond, prudence bond and managed bond. The cautious bond invests in the cautious portfolio, which is made up of three M&G […]

Tax-free gains? That can’t be right, can it?

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne made several changes to the way in which income is taxed. Personal allowances were increased significantly above the rate of inflation; a starting rate band was introduced for savings income and, with effect from 6 April 2015, this was assessed at 0 per cent. In addition, […]


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