International Fund & Product Awards 2014 

Winners Announced!

Zurich International Life, Standard Bank Offshore Group and Canada Life International are among those life groups successful in this year's International Fund & Product Awards. Jersey was crowned the Best International Financial Centre and Fidelity Worldwide Investment Best Offshore Fund Group.

Now in their 15th year, the Professional Adviser International Fund and Product Awards are in honour and recognition of groups who are at the cutting edge of distributing financial products and services internationally.

Commenting on those achieving success in this year's awards, chair of the judging panel, Deborah Benn said: "This year was probably the most closely fought set of awards ever. The quality of entries was particularly high which meant the judges had a real task on their hands in terms of coming up with outright winners. It was interesting to see how entrants are coping with competitive pressures and tackling the continued evolution of the regulatory environment and we will no doubt see what effect new strategies will have on business propositions over the coming year."

In awarding the winners and highly commended judges took into account a number of features including commitment to target market, appropriateness of product range and/or services, transparency as well as levels of service and support to distributors. Best in class awards were also given for a particular element of an entry that shone out above all others. For the Best Offshore Fund Group Award, groups were subject to an initial performance check by Morningstar. Entries were also assessed by AKG actuaries and consultants.

2014 International Fund & Product Awards - Winners, Highly Commended and Best in Class

Best International Fund Group
Winner: Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Highly Commended: BNP Paribas

Best International Wealth Management Provider
Winner: London & Capital
Highly Commended: Nedbank Private Wealth

Best International Banking Service
Winner: Standard Bank Offshore Group
Highly Commended: Lloyds Bank International Limited

Best International Life Group UK
Winner: Canada Life International
Highly Commended: AXA Wealth International

Best International Life Group
Winner: Zurich International Life
Highly Commended: Skandia International

Best International Portfolio Bond
Winner: AXA Wealth International (Delegation)
Highly Commended: Canada Life International (Premiere Account)

Best International Trust & Estate Planning Bond
Winner: Canada Life International (Controlled Access Account)
Highly Commended: IOMA Life (Estate Management Bond)

Best International Protection Product
Winner: Zurich International Life (International Term Assurance)
Highly Commended: Skandia International (The Silk Life Plan)

Best International Savings Plan
Winner Zurich International Life (International Pension Plan)
Highly Commended: Skandia International (Executive Wealthbuilder Account)

Best International Private Health Insurance Provider
Winner: Allianz Worldwide Care
Highly Commended: Aetna International

Best International Financial Adviser Portal
Winner: Skandia International (Wealth Interactive)
Highly Commended: Canada Life International

Best International Structured Product Provider
Winner: Standard Bank Offshore Group
Highly Commended: Skandia International

Best International Financial Centre
Winner: Jersey
Highly Commended: Isle of Man International Finance Centre

Best In Class Awards

RL360: Best in Class for Wrap Proposition
Aetna International: Best in Class for Commitment to Healthcare Support
AXA PPP International: Best in Class for Employee Assistance Programmes
Creechurch Capital Limited: Best in Class for Boutique Wealth Management Services
Nedbank Private Wealth: Best in Class for Integrated Banking Service
Guernsey International Finance Centre: Best in Class for Insurance Linked Securities (ILS)
SEB: Best in Class for Regional Bond Proposition