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The New Zealand Endeavour Fund is a New Zealand QROPS open to non-New Zealand residents. It is registered with New Zealand's Financial Markets Authority.
New Zealand is ranked as one of the least corrupt jurisdictions on the Corruption Perception Index, and is therefore seen by many as a jurisdiction with strong investor protections.
Whilst the firm maintains that it is ‘business as usual’ for existing members, as of 1st December 2016 the scheme was closed to new members.
(Remains a QROPS and is on the HMRC notification list (as at 19.10.17))
The scheme's investment choices are limited.
You can select from the following range of portfolios from TAM Asset Managenent, an FCA regulated discretionary fund manager:
There is also the possibility to hold the funds via RL360 Life Insurance Company.
We question why this would be appropriate as it adds an unnecessary expense to the client.
As any payments made from the QROPS are made gross, the client is not reliant on double taxation treaty agreements (as in the case of Malta) and is not subject to local tax (at 2.5% in the case of Gibraltar, 7.5% in Isle of Man).
Your choice may be best guided with independent financial advice.
TAM was established to provide discretionary investment portfolio management services, with the idea that every investor should have access to professionally managed investment products, full information transparency and quality real-time data that was previously reserved only for large institutional clients.
TAM works with private clients, trusts, pension funds and charitable organisations, offering each a tailored service to suit their individual requirements.
Investments are held on TAM’s behalf with independent custody agents Pershing Securities Limited (Pershing Securities).
Pershing Securities are part of The Bank of New York Mellon Group, one of the world’s largest financial institutions.
Members can elect the Scheme to reinvest their Scheme contributions through a RL360° Personal Investment Management Service (which as a capital redemption bond structure) in a portfolio that reflects the asset allocation from time to time applicable to the TAM "Premier" GBP Balanced Portfolio.
RL360 is authorised and regulated by the Isle of Man Insurance & Pensions Authority.
RL360 was established in 2008 as a result of a merger between two Isle of Man-based life insurance companies, namely Scottish Life International Insurance Company Limited and Scottish Provident International Life Assurance Limited.
In November 2013, RL360 was bought out by its management team.
RL360 is supported financially by Vitruvian Partners, Munch Re Group and the former parent Royal London Group.
RL360 operate in the Far East, Africa, the Middle East, Emerging Europe, Latin America and the UK with offices in the Isle of Man, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Dubai. As at 31 March 2014, RL360 had 220 staff and the company was looking after approximately US$3.7 billion worth of assets for clients.
RL360 have policyholders residing in 170 countries all over the world.
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I was initially comfortable with Endeavour...until QROPS changes and the fact the scheme's now closed to new members.
My discomfort led me to transfer out...
In our opinion, the key drawback is the fact that as current UK legislation stands, Endeavour may not offer flexi access drawdown as it remains subject to the "70 %" rule. Endeavour has recently reached an agreement with Elmo Pensions in Malta and London, and Colonial Simple SIPP to allow transfers to Malta and the UK.
Our opinion is that Endeavour is NOT a viable option for clients whatever their circumstances, and there are far better and more flexible alternatives.
Read the UK regulator’s advice on pension transfers here. NEVER deal with a firm that isn’t authorised as a UK pension transfer specialist.
If your pension is currently held by Endeavour we recommend that you seek an update on your options from a suitably qualified pension adviser. You can also request a portfolio X-Ray Review™ to give you the information you need to make a decision on the best way forward.