Managing Partners Ltd has launched euro and dollar share classes for its Traded Policies fund, a Cayman Islands-based vehicle investing in whole-of-life policies from the US that are sold before their maturity date.
The fund already offered a sterling share class, which is available through various wraps and portfolio bonds, and the new classes have been added in response to demand for advisers.
Jeremy Leach, managing director of MPL, commented: “The UK financial services industry is one of the largest in the world and manages a lot of foreign assets. Perhaps 40% of total assets under management in the UK are held by foreigners, who need dollar and euro-denominated asset classes. There are a lot of British investors too, including expatriates, who are paid salaries in euros and dollars and need to invest in those currencies. Probably around 40% of the investors in these new share classes will be British.”
He added: “A heightened interest in US dollar investments has also been noticeable recently as investors are wishing to capitalise on the weakness of the currency.”
The new share classes have an initial charge of 5% and an annual management charge of 1%. Commission is available at 4% initial and 0.5% trail, although higher allocation rates are available for intermediaries who choose to sacrifice some or all of the initial commission.
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