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On 23rd August 2019, Omnis will implement a reorganisation of four of its funds.The reorganisation will be accomplished through what is known as a ‘Scheme of Arrangement’. The changes will result in four Omnis funds being transferred into nine new funds.
The Schemeof Arrangement will introduce more high-quality investment managers to the Omnis fund range. The addition of new fund managers and new funds will provide you with more diversification – the spreading of risk – and investment choice.
Why and How
We are continually reviewing our range of funds to ensure we provide you with the best possible investment opportunities. The chart to your left illustrates how the Scheme of Arrangement will occur, and what percentage of each closing fund, will be transitioned into the new funds.
We are appointing four new investment managers who are some of the best in the industry; RWC Partners, Hermes Investment Management, AXA Investment Managers and Fulcrum Asset Management.
We are retaining three of our existing investment managers; Jupiter Asset Management, Fidelity International and T. Rowe Price Investment Management. We believe that these investment managers will be able to provide you with the long-term investing that you need to make your wealth grow.
No Action Needed
There is no action required by you. We have managed every aspect of this change. Importantly, the level of investment risk, the risk you take on when investing, will not change. And there is no need for you to change your investments as a result. We also anticipate that there will be no material changes to any of the fees you are charged to invest with us. The value of an investment can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount you originally invested.
For more information or literature on this change to your investments, please do not hesitate to contact me:
01506 848 799 or 01865 587 116
Investing for the Next Generation
In the early years this might translate into a surplus of toys or days out, but this stage eventually passes and thoughts turn towards the future transition from child to adulthood and beyond.
This longer-term perspective raises the question of how best to provide financial support through, what could be an expensive transition and inevitably this leads to a variety of issues:
Are there particular needs which should be targeted or is it more important to have money available as and when your child needs it?
• Which investments would be appropriate? • Is it possible to put some parental or other controls in place for when children can access the investment? • Which are the most tax-efficient investments?
Investing for life’s key events for today’s children, the path through the early years of adulthood might cost rather more than that of their parents – and grandparents:
Higher Education may be seen to be more important for gaining a reasonable job, but it also comes at a much higher cost. Taking into account tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses, a three-year degree is likely to cost the poorest students more than £50,000 according to a 2017 Institute of Fiscal Studies report. Before 1998, there were only grants and loans for tuition fees did not begin until 2006. Your generation may have left university with a bank overdraft, but the sum owing probably pales into insignificance compared to the five figure debts faced by today’s graduates.
Marriage is an increasingly costly staging post for those who choose it. According to the annual wedding survey by Bridebook.co.uk the average cost of a wedding in 2018 was just over £30,000! Despite the cost, two thirds of couples questioned in the survey admitted to either going over budget or having no budget at all.
Getting on the first rung of the property ladder is another growing cost for the next generation. According to research by Halifax, first time buyers are having to find record deposits, with the national average exceeding £33,000. It’s no surprise people are having to leave it until later to buy their first home.
Once they have the degree, the job and the home (and the mountain of debt), there’s another long-term financing requirement which today’s children will encounter: retirement provision.
Take expert advice Two principles that apply to many aspects of financial planning are particularly relevant when thinking about children:
1. The sooner you start the better, and the more scope there is for investments to grow (although there’s still no guarantee that they will).
2. Take expert advice before making any decisions. The right investment set up in the wrong way can be worse than the wrong investment set up in the right way. DIY planning is not to be recommended, given the potential pitfalls.
If you want to help your child/grandchild progress through this financial landscape please contact us on 01506 848 799
Getting a clear, concise view of your investment portfolio can be difficult and time-consuming. That’s why we use a secure, online system known as a platform.
Your platform access may depend on the ongoing servicing level you have agreed with us. Please get in touch to find out more.
A platform gives you secure, online access to your investment funds with a transparent, easy-to-understand charging structure. So rather than holding your ISAs, pensions and other investments in different places, you can view everything at a single glance.
Think of it as an online bank account for your investments which we can administer on your behalf.
A clear picture
As well as cutting down on paperwork, using a platform can speed up transactions and give you the flexibility to take advantage of annual tax allowances. And because your assets are held on one online source, you (and we) can access consolidated reports at the touch of a button.
Whether you need a stocks and shares ISA for tax efficient savings, a simple way of investing your money, or a pension to help fund your retirement, we can offer it all in one place with a single solution, giving you secure online access to keep an eye on your investments 24/7.
With us by your side, we’ll help make your money work harder for you, giving you peace of mind, a sense of direction and control over your future.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and any income from it can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount you originally invested.
The benefits of a platform
A platform provides easy access to a wide range of investment funds, allowing us to tailor your portfolio to better reflect your current circumstances, financial position and attitude to risk.
As well as allowing you to view your investments in one place, the flexibility of the platform means you can record other assets such as the value of your property or any antiques you may have.
Ease of use
The platform is uncomplicated and user friendly. It takes the effort out of managing your finances (and completing your tax return) because you can access consolidated reports at the touch of a button.
The platform helps you clearly see the costs involved with any investment decision you make.
The platform gives greater control when it comes to making key investment decisions.