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ZILL is granted Singapore licence

Zurich International Life Ltd is granted a Singapore operating licence, saying it is one of the first offshore international life companies to do so.

Following months of negotiation, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has approved Zurich’s application to enter the market and develop its presence in Asia.

ZILL chief executive Martin Davis says: “Singapore
is an attractive market for us. It is strongly regulated, with a high proportion of expatriate and high net worth internationally minded investors, and we believe our products and services will be very competitive
in the market.”


Equity-release boom poses sale problems

Equity release could become the next big misselling scandal if IFAs do not take due care, warns GE Life. The firm predicts that the equity-release market could triple over the next five years following demand driven by demographics, client needs and the savings gap – which could reach 125bn by 2009 according to the Turner […]

Lease of life

In my last article, I began to look at the short-term prospects for investments in the major asset classes of equities, fixed interest, cash and property. I concentrated on the commercial property market, paying particular attention to funds investing directly in property. In this article, I will conclude this part of the discussion and move on to look at funds investing in property shares.

Investec trust aims for zero rollovers

Investec is to target money from closing zero-dividend preference trusts with the launch of its capital accumulator trust to be run by Alastair Mundy. The trust is a closed-ended version of Mundy’s 120m open-ended capital accumulator fund and has been made the designated roll over vehicle for Gartmore’s SNT Zeros trust which currently contains 95m. […]

Unfinished business?

Pension specialist Fiona Tait gives an update on three big announcements from the 2016 Budget – Pensions Advice Allowance (PAA), the Lifetime ISA (LISA) and the pension dashboard. £500 Pensions Advice Allowance What’s new Under current rules it is possible to deduct an adviser charge from a defined contribution pension fund to pay for financial […]


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