Cookie policy

A "cookie" is a small piece of encoded information sent by a web server to be stored on your web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc ) so that it can remember something about you such as username, password, references at a later date. Cookies have three functions: security, log in and responsibility discharge.

A cookie also ensures that there is a unique identification when you visit the website and helps us to determine what page you may see next time you visit the website. This process enables us to provide you with personalised information and simplify your user experience.

We use persistent cookies that do not expire at the end of a user session. The cookie stored on your web browser does not contain any personal information and is encrypted and only our web server can read it.

Specifically cookies may:

1. allow us to recognise the PC you are using when you return to our website so that we can understand your interest in our website and tailor website content and advertisements to match your interests;
2. identify you after you have logged in by storing a temporary reference number in the cookie so that our web server can conduct a dialogue with you while simultaneously dealing with other customers. (Your browser keeps this type of cookie until you log off or close down your browser when these types of cookie are normally deleted. No other information is stored in this type of cookie);
3. allow you to carry information across pages of our website and avoid having to re-enter that information;
4. allow you access to stored information if you register for any of our on-line services;
5. enable us to produce statistical information (anonymous) which helps us to improve the structure and content of our website; and/or,
6. enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising and promotions.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit

Our use of cookies

On our website we use cookies to improve our service and to help manage your visit. The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by this website and third-party services we use.

Cookies for improving service

We use cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website, what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We use this to improve the user experience. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical Content and Description Expires
_utma Randomly generated number
This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.
2 years
_utmb Randomly generated number
This cookie takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site.
30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated number
This cookie takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site.
When you close your browser
_utmz Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search).
This cookie keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed our website.
6 months

It's possible to opt out of have your browsing activity within sites recorded by Google Analytics. Find out how to opt out of Google Analytics.

The following cookies are set by Omniture:

Name Typical Content and Description Expires
s_cc This cookie is set and read by the JavaScript code to determine if cookies are enabled (simply set to "True") When you close your browser
s_sq This cookie contains information about the previous link that was clicked on by the user When you close your browser
s_vi (ID) Unique visitor ID time / date stamp This is a persistent cookie


Cookies for managing your visit

We use a number of cookies to remember your selections and preferences that you've made when looking at the information on this site. These cookies inform us whether you're a returning visitor, whether you have accepted our disclaimer and website terms and conditions, what investor type you are and what's your language preference.

The following cookies are set by us:

Name Typical Content Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId Randomly generated number When you close your browser
UserContext Randomly generated number When you close your browser
culture Dependant on your language preference: en-GB, fr-FR, de-DE, it-IT, es-ES, NL-nl or pt-PT 1 year
Global-disclaimer Accepted 1 year
private-disclaimer Accepted 1 year
Intermediary-disclaimer Accepted 1 year
Institutional-disclaimer Accepted 1 year
Distribution partner-disclaimer Accepted 1 year
Investor type Dependant on your investor type preference: private, intermediary, institutional or distribution partner 1 year


Turning off Cookies

If you do not wish to have a cookie stored on your computer, you should disable them in your browsers security options using your browsers anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "InPrivate" for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari etc.). If you do this we will not place cookies on your computer. Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site and the site will not work as well as if you had permitted our use of cookies.


In order to access our website you have to agree to our cookies policy set out above. This means that when you consent to our terms of use, you consent to our cookies policy. If you do not turn off cookies, then your consent to our terms of use further confirms your consent to downloading our cookies.