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‘Wrap competition to cut bond charges’

Defaqto says bond charges are set to reduce as the impact of competition from wrap providers increases. In its first review of the offshore and onshore bond market, Defaqto predicts that leading advisers will consider offshore bonds more seriously over the next few years as they are becoming an integral part of many wrap propositions.

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