Welcome to International Investment which has undergone a radical transformation since the April edi...
Welcome to International Investment which has undergone a radical transformation since the April edition.
The magazine launched almost 10 years ago and during that period the offshore market has undergone profound change. International products are seen as legitimate tools for tax planning, not for tax avoidance; life offices are having to find new roles for themselves following the bear market's impact on with-profits; fund groups, not insurers, are providing the investment cores of offshore bonds; and the way intermediaries receive information has been transformed by the internet.
More recently the rise of the Middle East and Asia is having a profound impact on the way international product is sold, just look at how businesses such as Friends Provident, Zurich, Skandia and the Prudential are benefiting from these markets.
For all these reasons and more, International Investment has been revamped to make it relevant not just for today but for the next decade as well.
While the look of the magazine is very different, we will continue to offer information on products, tax issues and funds, and analyse markets, investment products and tax and estate planning strategies.
The addition of an interview with leading players in the industry is just one of the many highlights of the redesigned magazine. This month, we speak to Trevor Matthews, chief executive of Standard Life's life and pensions business, on how the insurer is looking to expand its international life business.
We also have in-depth analysis of two core investment products that sit at the heart of so many client portfolios: Neil Woodford's Invesco Perpetual High Income fund, now close to £8bn in assets, and the gigantic Prudential With-Profits fund, a concept the Pru is still selling at a time when many other with-profits houses are doing their best to reinvent themselves as something else entirely.
Key elements of the magazine remain unchanged, such as the expert columns on tax planning from consultant Jonathan Crowther and Friends Provident International's Brendan Harper, as well as analysis of the latest international tax planning products by our expert panel of readers, also known as Product Crunch.
A decade ago a hard copy publication was not only the traditional way of receiving news, it was the only way. Today the rise of the internet means increasing numbers of our readers are getting their news via our weekly email alert, allowing us more time to focus the magazine on analysis.
In addition to the email service, we will continue to provide breaking news via our website at www.intinv.com. Electronic copies of International Investment can also be downloaded from the site.
Whatever the changes, International Investment remains your publication, so please email me with any feedback on the new look and content, your issues with the market and responses to the latest news at [email protected]
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