News 23 Feb 18
Phoenix £6bn offshore bond grab opens market to last players
The acquisition of Standard Life Aberdeen’s UK and European insurance arm will net closed book insurer Phoenix Group around £6bn ($8.35bn, €6.8bn) in offshore bonds, Phoenix Group’s head of corporate communications, Shellie Wells, confirmed to International Adviser.
SJP launches discretionary wealth management service in Asia
St James’s Place Wealth Management has launched discretionary managed accounts in Hong Kong, its first such offering in Asia.
Generali to invest €3.5bn into ‘green’ sectors
Italy’s Generali Group is to increase investments in “green” sectors by €3.5bn (£3.1bn, $4.3bn) by 2020, mainly by ploughing money into bonds that finance environmentally beneficial projects and investing directly in cleaner infrastructure.
7 tips to compare drawdown providers
The number of providers offering drawdown has gone up since the pension vehicle was first introduced in the UK in 1995, but differences in quality of service and charges can be substantial, warns Hargreaves Lansdown, which has offered seven tips to compare providers.
Bitcoin owners under threat from in-person attacks
Owners of virtual currencies are being targeted in reality, with growing reports of in-person attacks to force people to transfer their cryptocurrencies to anonymous online wallets owned by their attackers.
News 15 Feb 18
How was the British Steel pension scandal allowed to happen?
A damning report from the UK’s Work and Pensions Committee has blasted the actions of some financial advisers who acted like “vultures”, and who “bamboozled” British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) members, raising questions about how this could happen in a post-RDR world?
Environmental investing is suffering an identity crisis
More than £1bn of retail money flowed into ethical funds in 2017, representing the highest annual level of sales for this type of fund ever, but the sector’s progression is stifled by an identity crisis.
Old Mutual launches excess income trust and calculator
Old Mutual Wealth and Old Mutual International have both launched an excess income trust solution and online tool to help advisers offer a simple and tax efficient way to pass on wealth.