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REVIEW SUMMARY

Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond

Quilter International 

Quilter International (formerly known as Old Mutual International) is one of the leading providers of advice, investments and wealth management both in the UK and internationally.

Quilter International is a part of Quilter plc and manages around £107.4 billion of investments (as at 30th June 2020). Quilter plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

Quilter International's Collective Redemption Bond (CRB)

The Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond is a capital redemption contract with a 99-year fixed term. This means the investment will continue to the end of the term (the maturity date), unless it is fully cashed in beforehand.

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As the bond is held offshore, in the politically stable and tax-efficient Isle of Man, your funds will not be liable to any form of income or capital gains tax. It also provides estate planning options that enable you to pass on as much of your wealth as possible to your family and future generations.

The Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond does not permit the holding of highly personalised assets, which is good for returning UK residents.

This is largely because as a UK expat returns to the UK, it is essential to “endorse” the offshore investment bond so that you can continue to benefit from tax deferred gains.

If you fail to endorse the offshore bond you could find yourself paying income tax on annual deemed gains of 15% of the original sum invested, regardless of whether the investment bond produced any gains.

By instructing the offshore investment bond provider to endorse the policy if you return to the UK, you restrict the invested assets to those which are permitted to those investments within a product such as the CRB.

The Collective Redemption Bond is issued in the form of a single policy or a number of separate polices known as a “cluster of polices”. This may give easy, tax efficient access.

The initial charging term is fixed (based upon the commission and charging structure agreed) at the time of the policy activation and this cannot be varied or waived; therefore, early encashment of the policy results in a “surrender charge” or “early withdrawal charge”.

Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond (CRB) Key Features:

The Collective Redemption Bond is a capital redemption contract with a 99-year fixed term. It continues until the end of the term unless cashed in earlier. At the end of the term the bond has a guaranteed value of at least twice the premium amount you have paid (less any withdrawals or surrenders).

Funds:

Extensive choice of Quilter International and external collective investment funds and unit trusts, Eurobonds and currency deposits. 

Minimums:

Lump sum minimum of £25,000. You can make additional lump sum payments into your policy at any time with a minimum of £2,500. However, you will pay any initial fund charges on all contributions.

Currency:

The Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond can be set up in 1 of 3 currencies including Pound sterling (GBP), Euro (EUR) and the US dollar (USD).

Eligibility:

The Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond is a regular premium, whole of life, life assurance contract issued by Quilter International (formerly known as Old Mutual International). It is available to most international investors outside of the main regulated territories such as the UK, the USA and Australia.

Choosing an external custodian:

The structure of a bond means that you need a custodian to hold, on Quilter International’s behalf, the assets that you decide to link to your bond.

You can choose your own custodian, which is likely to be the financial institution you currently have a relationship with and who is advising you.

 If you don’t have your own custodian, then Quilter International will use its own appointed custodian to play this important role for you.

Charges:

This would depend on the type of plan you take out from Quilter International as they offer different charging structures largely linked to the amount of commission or earnings being taken by the third party salesman or adviser.

They should (but that may not always be the case) provide you with a charges schedule, which will detail: 

  • The costs Quilter International levy for setting up and managing your bond
  • The administrative costs of the fund managers
  • Fees charged by your financial adviser.

 For more information on fees and charges, refer to the FAQs section on this page. 

Early surrender:

A full encashment will result in exit penalties being applied in the early years through surrender charges linked to the term of the policy.

The amount of this charge reflects the cost of Quilter International's set up fee, including any payments (such as commission) made by Quilter International to your financial adviser. 

Quilter International has a great reputation but, in the pursuit of offering flexibility of charging structure to all types of advisers, they have created a product that has the same name but with completely different costs.

Those costs are dictated by the adviser and we have seen evidence to suggest that some advisers and adviser companies take the maximum commissions.

NOTE: We would highly recommend reading the 'expert verdict' section of this review to learn why our experts gave Quilter International's Collective Redemption Bond 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

The Pros

> Popular investment plan
> Preferred choice of expat financial advisers
> Strong brand of parent company

The Cons

> Risk of hidden commission
> Potentially inflexible
> Commonly mis-used
How much can I pay in to my Collective Redemption Bond?

• Make one initial investment of at least £25,000/Us$37,500/37,500, or the equivalent in another currency.

• Add in extra amounts whenever you want, of at least £2,500/Us$3,750/3,750 (or currency equivalent).

• No fixed term.

These minimum amounts may increase in the future, so please check the latest figures with your 
financial adviser.

How do I access my money?

You can make one-off or regular withdrawals (depending on the charging structure, an early withdrawal charge may apply above a certain charge-free allowance).

What happens on the death of a Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond's policy holder?

The treatment of your policy when a death occurs depends on whether there are surviving policyholders.

If a policyholder has died and at least one policyholder is still alive, the bond will continue and will automatically transfer to the surviving policyholder(s).

If the last policyholder has died, the bond will continue until the end of the 99-year term.

Ownership of the bond will pass to one of the following parties:

• If there is a nominated beneficiary, ownership will be transferred to them.
• If the bond is subject to a trust, then the bond is still owned by the trust and a trustee must be appointed as a policyholder.

• In all other cases, ownership will be transferred to the legal personal representatives of the deceased policyholder’s estate. They can then choose whether to:-

– keep the bond and appoint a beneficiary to become the policyholder by executing a deed of assignment,

or

– encash the bond to pay the proceeds to your estate’s beneficiaries.

Not satisfied

Yes the product is good, the brand name is strong - but what I am really unhappy about is the fact that my adviser clearly took a cut. Waiting for the results of my X-Ray Review from AES International to be sure...but I don't think OMI (now known as Quilter International) should allow this sort of practice.

Expert assessment of Quilter International's (formerly known as Old Mutual International) Collective Redemption Bond

The Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond is a good investment product which stands up well against the competition, but it is also easily mis-used and is normally available at a much lower cost.

When we compared the charges that fee-based clients would pay against those working with commission-based advisers – it is clear to see that the latter may pay anywhere from 100-500% more in charges. These hidden costs also cause a lock-in period of up to 8 years which substantially reduces the flexibility clients would otherwise benefit from.

When used correctly, the Quilter International Collective Redemption Bond is a market leading product.

Our advice is to only incept such a plan after receiving advice from a fully regulated financial planner and to opt for a cleanly priced option without any form of establishment charge or lock-in period (zero-exit penalties).

If you already have a Collective Redemption Bond from Quilter International (formerly known as Old Mutual International) we recommend you get a Second Opinion to ensure you are on track to get and keep the life you want. 

 

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