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Industry changing rules on UAE funds get official green light

Industry changing rules on UAE funds get official...

New mutual fund charges and regulations that could have a dramatic effect on the number of funds offered on international platforms and within life insurance wrappers have become law in the United Arab Emirates.

Leading life execs predict growth markets of the future

Leading life execs predict growth markets of the...

Nearly 70% of international life company executives have named Latin America, Asia and the Middle East as the regions with the best opportunities for growth, according to a new poll conducted by International Adviser.

Published : 14, Sep 2016
Major Sth African insurer targets international life markets

Major Sth African insurer targets international...

Provisca, the international distribution business launched in August by Nigel Watson and Bryan Low, has signed its first partnership agreement, opening up the products of South Africa’s third largest listed insurer to international markets.

Published : 5, Sep 2016
Standard Life posts rise in offshore bonds, expands in India

Standard Life posts rise in offshore bonds, expands...

Standard Life has reported a small rise in assets held in offshore bonds on its wrap platform as part of its strong set of half year results for 2016, which also included details of the company's expansion into India’s private pension market.

Published : 9, Aug 2016
Isle of Man cuts probate charges on life assurance policies

Isle of Man cuts probate charges on life assurance...

The Isle of Man has slashed its probate charges for non-resident applications where the only asset is a life assurance policy issued by one of the island’s insurance companies.

Mauritius a leading offshore centre among Africa’s IFAs

Mauritius a leading offshore centre among Africa’s...

Mauritius is set to become the offshore centre of choice among financial advisers based in Southern Africa, a new survey has revealed.

Published : 1, Jul 2016
RL360° reports strong start to the year

RL360° reports strong start to the year

Isle of Man-based RL360° reported a spike in sales of up to 14% in the first four months of this year, building on the 21% hike in new business posted for 2015.

Published : 10, Jun 2016
Singapore to overtake London as second largest offshore hub

Singapore to overtake London as second largest...

Singapore is expected to overtake London as the world’s second largest offshore financial centre by 2020, a new report suggests.

Published : 9, Jun 2016
Axa Wealth posts strong Q1 growth

Axa Wealth posts strong Q1 growth

Axa Wealth, the UK life insurance and wealth management arm of France’s Axa Group, boosted funds under management by 9% in the first quarter this year, helped by a 30% rise in pension product sales following the government’s reforms to the sector.

Published : 17, May 2016
Axa Isle of Man sold, consolidator sets out new strategy

Axa Isle of Man sold, consolidator sets out new...

Axa has agreed to sell its Isle of Man-based operation to specialist M&A firm Life Company Consolidation Group (LCCG), which plans to continue "successful relationships" with Axa's offshore bond business in Dublin.

Published : 28, Apr 2016
HMRC to overhaul 5% tax free allowance on life bonds

HMRC to overhaul 5% tax free allowance on life...

The UK tax office plans to overhaul rules governing the part surrender and part assignment of life insurance policies to redress the unfair tax bills which some individuals face if they withdraw money from an investment bond in the wrong way.

How offshore bonds can help with financial planning

How offshore bonds can help with financial planning...

Scott Hood, regional technical manager for the Middle East and Africa at Friends Provident International, looks at key reasons why offshore bonds continue to add value as a tax wrapper.

Published : 7, Apr 2016
Old Mutual Int’l offers offshore bond for Swedish investors

Old Mutual Int’l offers offshore bond for Swedish...

Old Mutual International (OMI) has launched a new whole-of-life portfolio bond with special custodian features that have been tailored specifically for Swedish investors.

Published : 2, Mar 2016
Offshore bonds and Qrops drive jump in STM profit

Offshore bonds and Qrops drive jump in STM profit...

STM Group, a specialist financial services group, said a focus on building up its international pensions and life assurance products business helped it post a near 60% rise in net profit for the year to 31 December 2015.

Published : 1, Mar 2016
Prudential's IPB offshore bond records solid growth

Prudential's IPB offshore bond records solid growth...

As part of its 2016 bonus declaration, Prudential has announced that the sterling tranche of its International Prudence Bond (IPB), an offshore bond sold to UK expats, has grown 6.7% in year-on-year terms since it was launched 14 years ago.

Published : 23, Feb 2016
Profile of British expats changing rapidly

Profile of British expats changing rapidly

The number of British adults living overseas temporarily is increasingly sharply with growth dominated by larger numbers of women and young people working abroad, according to a new survey.

Published : 1, Feb 2016
DeVere’s Green defends charges, welcomes fee-based services

DeVere’s Green defends charges, welcomes fee-based...

DeVere Group chief executive Nigel Green has defended his company's charging structure, called for more transparency on charges in the industry, and said that in the longer term fee-based income is more profitable.

Published : 14, Jan 2016
Old Mutual Int’l targets wealthy UK investors with new bond

Old Mutual Int’l targets wealthy UK investors...

Old Mutual International has launched a new international life assurance bond aimed at high net worth investors in the UK.

Published : 5, Jan 2016
Dubai-based IFAs reveal their outlook for 2016

Dubai-based IFAs reveal their outlook for 2016...

Industry consolidation, moves away from commission income and a greater focus on financial planning are all on the horizon for 2016, according to four top Dubai-based financial advisers.

Published : 16, Dec 2015
One year on, Dubai-based IFA chiefs reflect on IA rule changes

One year on, Dubai-based IFA chiefs reflect on...

The heads of four major IFA firms in Dubai share their insights on the changes the industry has seen in the year since the Insurance Authority announced new regulations.

Published : 15, Dec 2015
International Adviser Best Practice Adviser Awards 2016 results
International Adviser...

The winners in International Adviser’s inaugural Best...

France, Germany and Italy fighting EU-wide ban on commission
France, Germany and Italy...

France, Germany and Italy are fighting against introducing...

Advisers losing out due to customer experience not price
Advisers losing out due...

Advisers are losing business because they are failing...

Dubai regulator fines insurer for sales outside permitted zone
Dubai regulator fines...

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has cracked...

Europe remains the ‘wild west’ for adviser qualifications
Europe remains the ‘wild...

Clients receiving poor advice from inadequately qualified...

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