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With-profits values could rise by 3%

With-profits shareholders could see an increase in values of up to 3 per cent under amendments to the policyholder/shareholder split of assets announced by the FSA.

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Wind is in the sails of green investors

Socially responsible investments represent a compelling opportunity and a major growth area, say advisers. At the Money Marketing round table, Worldwide Financial Planning IFA Nick McBreen predicted there will be a surge in demand for green investments from the educated, wealth generators of the future. He said: “Green investments are the perfect vehicle for people […]

NU plans Euro property fund

Norwich Union is the latest fund manager to move into the European commercial prop-erty fund sector. The Luxemburg-domic- iled fund is expected to be launched this quarter, subject to regulatory approval. Although a lead manager for the fund has not yet been named, it is understood that the portfolio will be run along similar lines […]

Amps in apology after Asp attack

The Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes has apologised to the FSA for attacking its “new requirement” for IFAs to carry out research into a client’s religious background when advising on alternatively secured pensions. In a speech last week, Amps chairman John Bradley said he feared it was a back-door attempt by Government to enforce a […]

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Jelf Employee Benefits highlights new legislation, key requirements and policy considerations when structuring international private medical insurance (IPMI) for expatriate employees in Qatar. This edition will be of particular interest to global human resource directors, compensation and benefits specialists and mobility managers who have employee populations in Qatar.

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