One of the highlights of the offshore industry calendar, the London Forum and International Investme...
One of the highlights of the offshore industry calendar, the London Forum and International Investment Fund & Product Awards, is set to take place this month.
The London Forum, being held at the Victoria Park Plaza on May 16, is expected to attract over 100 IFAs interested in tax planning, big picture economic overviews, and the UK politics influencing the financial markets.
International Investment has secured an impressive selection of speakers, including Roger Nightingale, global economist at MillenniumGlobal, and John Redwood, MP for Wokingham and chairman of the Economic Competitiveness Policy Group. There will also be presentations on the latest issues facing the offshore industry from the event's sponsors - Scottish Life, Friends Provident, Prudential, Clerical Medical, Standard Life, and Aegon Scottish Equitable.
Seventh sucessful year
The London Forum will be followed by the awards, now in their seventh year, which recognise the best in the offshore arena, including international life offices, fund management, banking, structured products, healthcare and offshore centres.
Judges had a tough time deciding the winners for this year's awards, with more than 40 entries for the 15 categories. The panel of judges included Julie Hedge of Christie Scotts, Malcolm Kerr of Ernst & Young, Tim Mortimer of Future Value Consultants, Bambos Hambi and Marcus Brookes of Gartmore, Jason Conway of International Custody and Fund Administration magazine, Leslie Smith of Medibroker, Sam Liddle of MitonOptimal, Ashley Clark of Needanadviser.com, Philip Martin and David Ferguson of Nucleus Financial Group, John Pattison, of Scarab, Laurence Boyle of Williams de Broe, and Peter McGahan of Worldwide Financial Planning.
For the first time, International Investment also 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.
Defaqto assessed the underlying products for the life, banking and healthcare sectors and Morningstar supplied the initial quants screen for the investment awards. In addition, AKG Actuaries & Consultants lent its support by analysing the many entries we received this year.
For more information about the London Forum go to www.intinv.com/events/londonforum.
Lisa used as 'top-up'
Two FCA consultation papers
UK's poorest retirees most affected
'5% no longer the norm'