International Investment's Fund and Product Awards 2007
Mellon Global Investments has been named Best International Fund Group in the International Investment Fund & Product Awards, while AXA Isle of Man and Aegon Scottish Equitable have shared the award for the Best International Life Group category.
The winners were announced at a gala dinner at the Victoria Plaza Hotel in London, following the ninth London Forum last month.
In the fund group categories, Best Provider of Third Party Fund Links went to Artemis Investment Management, and Best Offshore Fund Range was won by Mellon.
The judging panel used analysis from Morningstar to select the winners, along with questionnaires completed by those who were shortlisted.
This year, the banking categories were particularly competitive, making a difficult job for the judging panel, who chose HSBC Bank International as Best Offshore Bank Group, and Fairbairn Private Bank as Best International Private Bank.
The Best Offshore Bank Product went to Anglo Irish for its Privilege 12 Month Bond, while Lloyds TSB was awarded Best Offshore Bank Range.
Fairbairn also took out the award for Best International Investment Platform Provider, for Focus, its integrated banking and investment product. Best Offshore Structured Product went to Britannia International for its Optimum and Guaranteed Bonds.
In the life office categories, AXA Isle of Man won Best International Life Product for Evolution, and Best International Life Product Range was won by Royal Skandia, which was also the winner of Best Commitment to Service.William Russell won Best International Private Health Group, while, for the first time, Jersey was named Best International Financial Centre.
In choosing the winners, the judges were helped by Defaqto which assessed the underlying products for the life, banking and healthcare sectors. AKG Actuaries & Consultants also lent its support by analysing the many entries we received this year.
In addition, for the first time, International Investment invited its readers to take part in an online survey, the results of which provided an important insight into the products and services IFAs expect from providers.
Paul Bruns and Elaine Parkes
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