The bonds offer a range of nearly 300 investment funds, including low cost exchange traded funds (ETFs).
These investment plans are sometimes called baby bonds because they enable clients with smaller amounts of capital, from US$10,000, to invest in a tax efficient offshore structure.
There are 3 versions of Investors Trust’s Platinum Bonds, with charges becoming lower as client premiums increase.
The charges involved on the basic plan include an administration charge, policy fee and asset management fee.
For those committing over $100,000, there’s just the asset management fee to pay and no lock in.
Basic plans have early surrender penalties if they are encashed during the first 5 years.
Investors Trust say they have a segregated portfolio structure in the Cayman Islands, which gives investors “100% security via an independent third party custodians’ nominee trust account.”
There are 15 free fund switches per annum, further switches can incur a small charge, there are no bid/offer spreads.
You can apply and manage your account online and in multiple languages.
Investors Trust Fixed Platinum Investment Bond Key Features
Open Architecture – The Platinum Investment Bond delivers an open architecture platform which provides significant investment freedom by allowing plan holders to spread and vary their investments across a wide spectrum of asset classes, giving them the power to purchase an almost unlimited array of investments, including Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Mutual Funds and Structured notes.
Plan holders have the option to invest by transferring existing investment holdings into their portfolio at no cost, invest with cash or build a portfolio using a combination of both. There is no restriction on the number of investments that can be added to the portfolio.
Discretionary Investment Advisor - a discretionary investment advisor can be appointed to run the portfolio bond. A discretionary investment advisor, when appointed, is responsible for the management of your portfolio including the buying and selling of investments.
The policy can be denominated in one of the following currencies: USD ($), EUR (€) or GBP (£).
There are three produce options each with different minimums
Platinum: USD 10,000 / EUR 10,000 / GBP 10,000
Platinum Select: USD 50,000 / EUR 50,000 / GBP 50,000
Platinum Plus: USD 100,000 / EUR 100,000 / GBP 100,000
Investors Trust is regulated and licensed by the Cayman’s Islands Monetary Authority.
Advisers with non-EU clients’ predominately use Access Plans. Investors Trust is not licensed in the EU and it would be unlikely to see this product used in the UK or USA, when better, more transparent alternatives are available and investors are protected by more robust regulation.
Charges will depend on the type of plan you opt for, as they offer different charging structures largely linked to the amount of commission or earnings being taken by the third party salesman or adviser.
See the FAQ for further information.
Pensions (QROPS and SIPP)
There is no need to use the Platinum Investment Bond within a QROPS or SIPP, other than to generate more fees and commission for the salesman or adviser.