Below is a comparison between your existing portfolio (left) and the recommended portfolio (right).
As you can see, the overall asset class mix is very similar between the portfolios. The main differences only become apparent when considering a more detailed breakdown (on the next page).
UK Government Bonds and Gilts are excluded from the Fixed Interest section, and Global Bonds and High Yield Bonds are introduced instead; so you can see that Fixed Interest is further diversified this way. Emerging Markets have also been increased to further diversify your equity holdings.
Now that you can see how Barrie & Hibbert have altered their asset allocation, we move on to how OBSR have selected the funds to fit inside these allocations.
A breakdown of your existing funds (Old) and the recommended funds (New) is as follows:
You will note that the Standard Life GARS fund remains unchanged. This fund was chosen by us when these portfolios were first created as an alternative to Fixed Interest. The idea behind this decision was not dissimilar from the reason of reducing holdings in UK Gilts now; to protect against the effects of Quantitative Easing.