Standard Life Investments

Legal and Regulatory Information

1. Company and regulation details

Standard Life Investments Limited (SC123321), is registered in Scotland at 1 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LL. It is also registered in Ireland (904256) and has a principal place of business at 90 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The Standard Life Investments group comprises Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited (SC298143) and its subsidiaries which include Standard Life Investments Limited, Standard Life Wealth Limited (SC317950), Standard Life Investments (Mutual Funds) Limited (SC123322), SLTM Limited (SC075550), Standard Life Investments (Corporate Funds) Limited (SC111488), SL Capital Partners LLP (SO301408) and Ignis Asset Management Limited (SC200801). All companies are registered in Scotland at 1 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LL.

ISA information is issued by Standard Life Investments (Mutual Funds) Limited, the ISA Manager.

With the exception of Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited and Ignis Asset Management Limited, the above companies are authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Financial Conduct Authority Register Reference Numbers: Standard Life Investments Limited - 188406, Standard Life Wealth Limited – 466684, Standard Life Investments (Mutual Funds) Limited - 146477, SLTM Limited - 119366, Standard Life Investments (Corporate Funds) Limited - 143445, SL Capital Partners LLP – 469934. The Financial Conduct Authority Register can be found at https://www.fca.org.uk/register

The VAT number for Standard Life Aberdeen group is GB270347469.

Standard Life Investments (USA) Limited is registered in Scotland (SC215736) at 1 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LL. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Standard Life Investments Limited. It is registered as an Investment Adviser with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and has a principal place of business at One Beacon Street, 34th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, USA.

Standard Life Investments (Hong Kong) Limited is a company incorporated in Hong Kong (666004) with its registered office at 30th Floor, Jardine House, One Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Life Investments Limited. It is licensed with and regulated in Hong Kong by the Securites and Futures Commission and has a principal place of business at 30th Floor, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.

Any reference within the pages of this site to "Standard Life Aberdeen group" means the subsidiary companies of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.

2. Residence

This website is intended for the information of residents in countries in which Standard Life Investments group products may be sold unless otherwise stated. The information on our site does not constitute an offer or solicitation to sell units or shares in any of the funds referred to on this site, by anyone in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or distribution would be unlawful or in which the person making such offer or solicitation is not qualified to do so or to anyone to whom it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation.

3. General disclaimers and terms

While Standard Life Investments Limited has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the information contained within the pages of this site is accurate, current and complies with relevant United Kingdom legislation and regulations as at the date of issue, errors or omissions may occur due to circumstances outside our control. We reserve the right to change the content, presentation, performance, facilities and availability of all or part of the pages of this site at our sole discretion and without prior notice. We make no warranty or representation that the pages of this site can be accessed at all times during the UK hours of business stated on this site. This site may be temporarily unavailable or restricted for administrative or other reasons. We will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the loss of the use of this site.

If you are in any doubt as to the accuracy and currency of any information contained within the pages of this site, or if you require any further information, you may wish to contact us directly or take independent financial advice.

Standard Life Investments Limited accepts no responsibility for information contained in any other sites which can be accessed by hypertext link from these pages or for these other sites not being available at all times. The links to any other sites are provided for general information purposes only and the sites concerned and their contents are not endorsed or promoted by us in any way, unless otherwise stated. Please note that when you click on any external site hypertext link you will leave the Standard Life Investments site and access the external site at your own risk.

Please remember that past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of units and shares and the income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Exchange rate changes may cause the value of overseas investments to rise or fall. For further details on any of the funds or products mentioned, please read the relevant offering document or prospectus.

You may invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA if you are at least 18 years old, hold a UK bank (or building society) account, have not subscribed to another Stocks and Shares ISA in that tax year and are resident in the UK or meet certain other residency requirements specified by relevant laws, regulations and related guidance.

The tax treatment of UK pension funds may be subject to change in future.

By accessing these pages you shall be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by the terms of this Legal and Regulatory Information page which shall be governed by the law of Scotland.

4. Advice

Nothing on the pages of this site shall be deemed to constitute financial, investment or other professional advice in any way and you should consult your financial adviser or other professional adviser if you require any financial or other professional advice.

If you are not sure about which fund to invest in or even the suitability of an ISA for you, or you would like further information about any of the funds, you may wish to consult your usual financial adviser who will be happy to advise what is best for you. Some advisers may charge to provide advice.

5. Copyright and trade mark

© 2018 Standard Life Investments Limited. All rights reserved.

Copyright in the pages of this site, in the screens displaying the pages and in the information and material contained therein and their arrangement is owned by Standard Life Investments Limited unless otherwise indicated. Standard Life Investments, the Standard Life Investments logo, and FundAccess® are registered trade marks of Standard Life Investments Limited. Standard Life Assurance Limited, or such other member of Standard Life Aberdeen group as Standard Life Employee Services Limited may direct, may also claim trade mark and service mark rights in other marks contained within the pages of this site.

Reproduction of these pages in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Standard Life Investments Limited is strictly prohibited unless for private, non-commercial viewing purposes.

6. E-mail and other electronic communication

Please note that there is no guarantee that any electronic communication sent will be received by us, or that the contents of any such electronic communication will remain private or unaltered during transmission. If you have any such concerns you may prefer to telephone or write to us instead. We accept no liability for any damages you or others may suffer as a result of the alteration or loss of confidentiality of such information.

We filter, monitor and retain electronic communications to protect our systems and keep them running smoothly, and to comply with regulation and good business practice.

7. Downloads

Any software is downloaded at your own risk. Standard Life Investments Limited does not warrant the suitability of any such software which is downloaded and accepts no liability for any problems with your computer that may arise as a result. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of software to be downloaded for your computer it is recommended that you obtain specialist advice before downloading.

8. Data protection

Standard Life Investments Privacy Policy

Standard Life Investments is committed to protecting your personal information.

Our Privacy Policy contains important information about what personal details we collect; what we do with that information; who we may share it with and why; and your choices and rights when it comes to the personal information you have given us.  

We may need to make changes to our Privacy Policy; so please check our website for updates from time to time. If there are important changes to how we handle your personal information; we may contact you to let you know.

Our Cookie Policy forms part of our Privacy Policy. When you browse our websites we use cookies to store information about how you use these websites in order to improve the quality of service provided to you. To understand what type of cookies we use and how these work when you use our websites you can access our Cookie Policy on our website - www.aberdeenstandard.com/cookie-policy.

Who we are

We are Standard Life Investments, part of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, one of the world's largest investment companies.

This Privacy Policy applies to companies within the Standard Life Investments group (the legal trading companies that manage the products and services we offer to our customers and clients). A list of these group companies can be found on our website - www.aberdeenstandard.com/legal-and-regulatory.

Standard Life Investments is a global investment group with leading institutional and wholesale distribution franchises, market leading platforms and access to long-standing, strategic partnerships globally. 

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or the information we collect or use about you, please contact us:

FAO Data Protection Officer
Standard Life Investments
Bow Bells House 
1 Bread Street
London
EC4M 9HH

dataprotectionofficer@aberdeenstandard.com

Information we collect and use

Information about you that we collect and use includes:

  • Information about who you are e.g. your name, date of birth and contact details
  • Information connected to your product or service with us e.g. your bank account details
  • Information about your contact with us e.g. meetings, phone calls, emails / letters
  • Information that is automatically collected e.g. via cookies when you visit one of our websites
  • Information if you visit one of our offices e.g. visual images collected via closed circuit television (CCTV)
  • Information classified as 'sensitive' personal information e.g. relating to your health
  • Children are not able to buy products and services from us.  However, on intstruction from a parent or guardian, a child can also be named as a beneficiary on some funds and trusts.  In these cases, we collect limited personal information to identify the child (such as their name, age, gender).

Where we collect and use sensitive personal information, this information will only be collected and used where it's needed to provide the product or service you have requested or to comply with our legal obligations, and where we have also obtained your explicit consent to process such information.

Where we collect your information

We may collect your personal information directly from you, from a variety of sources, including:

  • An application form for a product or service
  • Phone conversations with us
  • Emails or letters you send to us
  • Meetings with one of our business development or relationship managers
  • Registering for one of our events
  • Participating in research surveys to help us understand you better and improve our products and services
  • Entering competitions e.g. to win tickets to a sporting event which we sponsor
  • Our online services such as websites, social media and mobile device applications ('Apps')

If you have a financial adviser, the information we collect and use will most likely have been provided by them on your behalf.

We may also collect personal information about you from places such as business directories and other commercially or publicly available sources e.g. to check or improve the information we hold (like your address) or to give better contact information if we are unable to contact you directly. 

Why we collect and use your information

We take your privacy seriously and we will only ever collect and use information which is personal to you where it is necessary, fair and lawful to do so.  We will collect and use your information only if we are able to satisfy one of the lawful processing conditions set out in the data protection laws.  This will be the case where:

  • It's necessary to provide the product or service you have requested e.g. if you wish to invest in one of our funds or products we will require some personal information which may include your name, address, date of birth, and bank account details
  • It's necessary for us to meet our legal or regulatory obligations e.g. to send you Annual Statements, tell you about changes to Terms and Conditions or for the detection and prevention of fraud
  • It's in the legitimate interests of Standard Life Investments i.e. to deliver appropriate information and guidance so you are aware of the options that may help you get the best outcome from your product or investment; where we need to process your information to better understand you and your needs so we can send you more relevant communications about the products you have with us and to develop new products and services. Where the processing is in our legitimate interests, we will always conduct an assessment to ensure that this use of your personal information is not excessive or unnecessary or otherwise more intrusive than it needs to be
  • You have given us your permission [consent] to use your information in this way.  For example, if we are collecting and using your sensitive personal information or for certain types of direct marketing

If you do not wish us to collect and use your personal information in these ways, it may mean that we will be unable to provide you with our products or services.

Marketing and Analytics

Where you have given your permission to do so (or when given the opportunity have not objected), we will send you information from Standard Life Investments about products and services offered by Standard Life Investments, as well as other parts of Standard Life Aberdeen plc and / or our partners with whom we have entered into sponsorship arrangements or similar partnering arrangements. Even though the materials may refer to the third party, we (and not the third party) will send you the information about such events and sponsorship activities.  These are parties we have chosen to work whose products or services we believe may be of interest and benefit to you.

You can withdraw your consent or manage your preferences by contacting us (see 'How to contact us' section)

We sometimes use systems to make automated decisions based on personal information we have - or are allowed to collect and use from others – about you.  These automated decisions can affect the products, services or features we offer you now or in the future.  We use automated decisions in the following ways:

  • Tailoring products and services e.g. placing you in groups with similar customers to make decisions about the products and services we may offer you to help meet your needs
  • When designing and enhancing our online services to help meet your requirements for ongoing guidance and support

Who we share your information with and why

We may share your information internally, and with third parties for the reasons outlined in 'Why we collect and use your information'.

We will share your information with:

  • Other parts of the Standard Life Investments group and Standard Life Aberdeen plc who support us in the provision of the product or service you have
  • Credit reference agencies for the purposes of conducting a credit check and ID verification
  • Your adviser, trustee, business associate, professional advisor where this is required as part of the product or service you have agreed with us
  • Companies we have chosen to support us in the delivery of the products and services we offer to you and other customers. For example, research, consultancy or technology companies who help us improve our service to you
  • Companies who can help us in our contact with you, for example an internet service provider
  • Our regulators; including the Financial Conduct Authority and the Information Commissioner's Office (the ICO) in the UK
  • Law enforcement and other appointed agencies who support us (or where they request the information) in the prevention and detection of crime; and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for the purposes of tax reporting where necessary.

Where your information is processed

The majority of your information is processed in the UK and European Economic Area (EEA).

However, some of your information may be processed by us or the third parties we work with outside of the EEA, including countries such as the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and India.

Where your information is being processed outside of the EEA, we take additional steps to ensure that your information is protected to at least an equivalent level as would be applied by UK / EEA data privacy laws e.g. we will put in place legal agreements with our third party suppliers and do regular checks to ensure they meet these obligations.

How we protect your information

We take information and system security very seriously and we strive to comply with our obligations at all times. Any personal information which is collected, recorded or used in any way, whether on paper, online or any other media, will have appropriate safeguards applied in line with our data protection obligations.

Your information is protected by controls designed to minimise loss or damage through accident, negligence or deliberate actions.  Our employees also protect sensitive or confidential information when storing or transmitting information electronically and must undertake annual training on this.

Our security controls are aligned to industry standards and good practice; providing a control environment that effectively manages risks to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information.

How long we keep your information

To provide your product or investment, and meet our legal and regulatory obligations, we keep your personal information and copies of records we create (e.g. calls with us) while you are a client or customer of ours. 

Even when you no longer have a relationship with us, we are required to keep information for different legal and regulatory reasons.  The length of time will vary and we regularly review our retention periods to make sure they comply with all laws and regulations.

Your rights

You have a number of rights under data protection laws which may be exercised in certain circumstances. These are:

  • The right to be informed about how and why we are processing your personal information
  • The right of access to personal information relating to you
  • The right to rectification of inaccurate or incomplete personal information
  • The right to request erasure of your personal information
  • The right to restrict processing of your personal information
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object to processing of your personal information (e.g. profiling or direct marketing)
  • The right not to be subject to automated decision making (including profiling) which significantly or legally affects you

For more information on your rights and how to exercise them please contact us (see 'How to contact us' section).

How to make a complaint

We will always strive to collect, use and safeguard your personal information in line with data protection laws.  If you do not believe we have handled your information as set out in our Privacy Policy, please let us know immediately (see 'How to contact us' section) and we will do our utmost to make things right.

While we hope that we can resolve any complaints for you, you do have the option complain to your local data protection authority (e.g. the ICO in the UK). This is available to you whether or not you have exhausted our complaints procedure. 

You can find your local data protection authority on the Europa website:
www.ec.europa.eu/justice/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm

What are cookies and why are they used

This website uses cookies to help the performance of the website and your online experience.

A cookie is a piece of information that is saved to the hard drive of your computer or mobile device. It remembers information about the configuration of your computer or mobile device and will remember that you've visited before. This improves your website browsing experience by storing information so that you don't have to give it several times.

A cookie typically doesn’t contain personal information, but other browsing details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a random unique identifier code and also the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

Cookies may be either "persistent" or "session" cookies. A persistent cookie will remain valid and functional until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date); in contrast a session cookie will expire when the web browser is closed by the user.

Cookies that we use

This is a list of the main cookies we use and the purpose of each on our Group websites.

Cookie Name Typical contents Purpose Duration
Google analytics _utma
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Randomly generated number and information about how the page was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search) Tracking to improve sites. Mixture of permanent and session cookies

 

Cookie Name Typical contents Purpose Duration
Disclaimer check session_cookieundefined true/false Ensure that the site disclaimer is only displayed once per session. Session
Language preference ln en/fr-CA Tracks users preferred language across SLI sites. Set to expire two weeks from the last time set
Segment preference segment ifa/consumer/
consultant/institutional/
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Ensures that user do not have to choose a segment each time they return to a segmented site Permanent
Press office check session_cookie_press true/false Ensure that Press Office section disclaimer is only displayed once per session Session
Careers ASPSESSIONID randomly generated number Set by third party supplier of careers content and functionality. Session
Additional tool tracking fundNavigatorTracking true/false Tracking to improve the Fund Navigation tool Set to expire two weeks from the last time set
Secure access controls JSESSIONID Encrypted session key Essential for access to secured content on SLI sites Session
Secure access controls JSESSIONIDSSO Encrypted session key Essential for access to secured content on SLI sites Session
Table sorting jqCookieJar_tablesorter Heading title +
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Essential for the table sorting functionality available on the sites. Session

 

Cookie Name Typical contents Purpose Duration
Eyeblaster Varies Randomly generated number Tracking follow through of advertising campaigns Mixture of permanent and session cookies

 

What information is collected

We use persistent cookies if you have registered for any of our online services or purchased a product or service online. These cookies allow us to make the logging-in process easier and more secure. They will also pre-populate your details should you need to complete one of our online forms in order that you do not need to re-enter information.

How we use this information

We use the information gathered by cookies to measure information about our website usage. We can learn which pages on our site are being viewed and how many visitors are using the different sections of this website. This information helps us assess how useful the site is to our visitors and improve the usability of the website on an ongoing basis.

For more information about what data is collected using Google Analytics, please visit the Google Analytics help page.

We use persistent cookies for some of our secure online customer services. These cookies allow us to make the logging-in process easier and more secure for you.

Session cookies can also be used to pre-populate your details should you need to complete one of our online forms.

How to disable the cookies

You can disable the cookies that we attach if your browser supports this. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or any other) and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser, then clicking on 'Help' and then 'About'. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.

To find out how to manage cookies please refer to www.aboutcookies.org or your browser's help options for more information.

You can also change your cookie preferences at any time using our tool.

Please remember that if you amend your cookie settings your browsing experience may be negatively affected. For example, if you have set preferences on a website (such as your location for local news or weather forecasts), it will no longer remember these.

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Your privacy

Your privacy and online security is our highest priority: we do not collect any personal details that can identify you.

Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations

From 26 May 2012, new European Union privacy laws meant that users were required to consent to the use of cookies on all UK websites.

Standard Life Aberdeen group supports the changes to the privacy rules which are designed to protect the privacy of internet users.

Changes to this policy

We will occasionally update this cookie / privacy policy and encourage you to periodically review this policy and to keep yourself informed.

10. Portfolio

The prices which are shown are for information purposes only. They are not the prices at which the shares or investment products can be bought or sold.

Investment products involving accumulation units or shares have income distributions automatically re-invested. Other investments have income distributions paid to the investor and this will be reflected in the price.

11. Our Social Media terms and conditions

Our "Social Media Platforms" include Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media platforms we make available.

Social media sites, including but not limited to, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn are public domain. Standard Life Investments is not responsible for and does not endorse the content posted by other users of these sites.

General Social Media considerations

  • For your own security, we ask that you do not include personal or account information, including log in details, in any content you post, comment or message you send on our Social Media Platforms.
  • Standard Life Investments is not responsible for the terms of use or privacy or security policies of any of our Social Media Platforms or other third party sites that may be linked to them and you use these at your own risk.
  • Please ensure that contributions to our Social Media Platforms are relevant and topical. We reserve the right to block any user or follower of our Social Media Platforms who posts or reposts content that we deem inappropriate or offensive or which constitutes a testimonial, advice, recommendation, or advertisement for securities, products, or services or is promotional in nature. We also reserve the right to block users or followers whose own social media platforms contain offensive or inappropriate content or serve as promotional sites.
  • Any opinions expressed by users on our Social Media Platforms are those of the persons submitting the opinion and don't necessarily represent the views of Standard Life Investments or its management.

No Offer

Nothing contained on any of our Social Media Platforms constitutes an offer, solicitation or recommendation regarding any investment management product or service, or the offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security. All content is subject to applicable statutes and regulations.

Not all investment management products or services are available in all jurisdictions. Any potential investor should satisfy themselves that a product or service from Standard Life Investments is permissible under the rules and regulations of his or her jurisdiction.

All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of money you invest.

No advice

The information posted to our Social Media Platforms by Standard Life Investments represents the current opinions of Standard Life Investments and such opinions are subject to change without notice. These posts have been provided for information purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice or a recommendation of any particular service, security, investment strategy or investment product. Please consult a qualified professional for this type of advice. Please refer to offering documents for further information concerning specific products.

Information provided or referred to by Standard Life Investments on our Social Media Platforms may contain statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on Standard Life Investment’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. In addition to statements which are forward-looking by reason of context, the words “may, will, should, expects, plans, intends, anticipates, believes, estimates, predicts, potential, or continue” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Geographic exclusion

Standard Life Investments communicates to external audiences through our Social Media Platforms in a manner consistent with local regulatory requirements. Content on our Social Media Platforms is not directed to any person in any jurisdiction where (by reason of that person's nationality, residence or otherwise) the publication or availability of the content is prohibited. Persons in respect of whom such prohibitions apply should not access the content.

Canada and the United States: Local regulations restrict communications from registered advisers and dealers via social media outlets. As such, our social media communications regarding finance or investments generally, or any investment management product or service we provide does not originate from and is not intended for any audience within Canada or the United States.