Name changes for Scottish Equitable and Aegon Aberdeen/Standard Life Investments funds

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As of 28 May 2020, funds previously containing ‘Aberdeen’ or ‘Standard Life Investments’ will change to include ‘ASI’. These changes will be applied across our pension and Aegon Retirement Choices (ARC) insured fund ranges.

Why the names are changing

The Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) brand was created in 2017 following the merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life. ASI believes that aligning the names of its UK funds with the ASI brand will be simpler and more consistent for investors when engaging with the ASI business.

To ensure consistency for our customers, we’re changing our insured fund names to match the underlying fund names. The fund short names, which appear on plan statements, will also change to reflect this.

Please note that nothing else about the funds will change as part of this rebrand; the investment objectives, Aegon risk ratings and charges will remain the same. Both old and new names are shown in the tables below.

The changes in more detail:

Pension funds
Existing fund name before 28 May 2020 Existing short name before 28 May 2020 New fund name from 28 May 2020 New short name from 28 May 2020
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Asia Pacific Equity SE ABERDEEN ASIA PAC Aegon ASI Asia Pacific Equity AEGON ASI ASIA PAC
Aegon Aberdeen Ethical World Equity AEGON ABD ETH WLD EQ Aegon ASI Global Ethical Equity AEGON ASI ETH WLD EQ
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Multi-Manager Constellation Portfolio SE ABERDEEN MM CONS Aegon ASI Multi-Manager Constellation Portfolio AEGON ASI MM CONS
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Multi-Manager Cautious Managed Portfolio SE ABERDEEN MM CAU Aegon ASI Multi-Manager Cautious Managed Portfolio AEGON ASI MM CAU
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen World Equity Income SE ABERDEEN WRLD EI Aegon ASI World Income Equity AGN ASI WRLD EQ INC
Scottish Equitable Emerging Markets (blend) (closed to new investors) SE ABERD EM (BLEND) Aegon ASI Emerging Markets (blend) (Closed to new investors) AGN ASI EM (BLEND)
Aegon Standard Life Investments Global Absolute Return Strategies AEGON SLI GARS FUND Aegon ASI Global Absolute Return Strategies AEGON ASI GARS FUND

Source: Aegon UK

ARC funds
Existing fund name before 28 May 2020 Existing short name before 28 May 2020 New fund name from 28 May 2020 New short name from 28 May 2020
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Asia Pacific Equity (ARC) ARC SE ABERD ASIAPAC Aegon ASI Asia Pacific Equity (ARC) ASI ASIA PAC EQ ARC
Aegon Aberdeen Ethical World Equity (ARC) ARC ABER ETH WLD EQY Aegon ASI Global Ethical Equity (ARC) ARC ASI GBL ETH EQ
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Multi-Manager Cautious Managed Portfolio (ARC) ARC SE ABERD MM CAU Aegon ASI Multi-Manager Cautious Managed Portfolio (ARC) ARC AGN ASI MM CAU
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Multi-Manager Constellation Portfolio (ARC) ARC SE ABERD MM CONS Aegon ASI Multi-Manager Constellation Portfolio (ARC) ARC AGN ASI MM CONS
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen World Equity Income (ARC) ARC SE ABERDEEN WEI Aegon ASI World Income Equity (ARC) ARC AGN ASI W INC EQ
Scottish Equitable Aberdeen Emerging Markets (blend) (ARC) (Closed to new investors) ARC SE ABD EM BLEND Aegon ASI Emerging Markets (blend) (ARC) (Closed to new investors) ARC AGN ASI EM BLEND
Aegon Standard Life Investments Global Absolute Return Strategies (ARC) ARC SLI GARS Aegon ASI Global Absolute Return Strategies (ARC) ASI GARS ARC

Source: Aegon UK

What current investors need to do

Current investors don't need to do anything. The name changes will be implemented gradually across our literature, fund factsheets and on our website, so you may notice both the old and new names in use for a time.