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26 Apr 2016 The gatekeeper doth protest too much methinks…

The Fundscape Gatekeepers study has attracted a lot of attention. The launch events were exceptionally well attended by fund groups and advisers, and the feedback was emphatically positive. Among the gatekeeper cohort, however, the reception was slightly mixed. Some got in touch to check we’d analysed their lists and sent us their selections.  Most kept their distance, but one or two went on the attack, criticising the quality of the research.

The gatekeepers who went on the attack have neither read the report nor seen the analysis.  I’ll repeat that again — they have neither read the report nor seen the analysis — which we found amusing and bemusing in equal measure. You see, we got in touch with them and offered them a full demonstration and explanation of our analysis, but they turned us down, so everything they say and write is based on misconceptions, flawed assumptions and conclusions...

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06 Apr 2016 The NISA, the LISA and pension freedom…

Gideon Osborne always likes to pull a few crowd-pleasers out of his red box on budget day. Last year it was pension freedom (anno pensionis TM) and the personal savings allowance, this year it was the introduction of the LISA (lifetime ISA) and the significant rise in the NISA allowance (new combined ISA). In light of these changes, we’ve had a few requests asking us to set out how product trends might change over the next five years.

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Gatekeepers

08 Mar 2016 We have lift-off!

Last Wednesday 2nd March, at a breakfast briefing hosted by Schroders, we launched the Gatekeepers report to a packed room of senior figures from the fund management industry. We were overwhelmed by the turnout — of the 50 groups that were invited to attend, 48 attended and demand has been such that we're holding a second event on 30th March (if you'd like to be come, let us know).

 

Gatekeepers

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Platform Report

29 Feb 2016 It’s been a long time…

We’re in an extended lock-down phase until various PLCs have reported their annual results to the stock exchange. The Platform Report should be published in full on or around 18th March 2016.  In the meantime, although we can’t give you any detail, we can provide you with some high-level platform numbers to keep you going:

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MiFID2

25 Feb 2016 España por favor

I started the week at a Spanish conference on private banking in Madrid.  It was a glorious day in Madrid, spring was definitely in the air and the sun was warm on our backs.

This was not a load of Brits on a good old jolly... the delegates at this event were Spanish and had come from all over Spain for the Banca Privada (Private Banking) conference by IIR Spain.  It was an interesting day, but given the questions and the speeches throughout, it was clear that the Spanish still have their heads in the sand about MiFID2 and the implications for fund distribution. Many seemed to think that the fact that implementation had been delayed by a year meant that it might be thrown out altogether... dream on because MiFID2 is here to stay.

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FCA

14 Jan 2016 Let’s give the FCA a break…

The FCA is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t. From the time that RDR was announced through its long gestation and even since its implementation, there has never been a shortage of naysayers predicting that it will have a terrible impact on the fund industry.

This week there has been another wave of criticism at recent comments by the FCA’s acting head, Tracy McDermott, that commission could be reintroduced in some circumstances.

She was speaking to Radio 4’s, Money Box progamme and said “We do not want to go back to a world where we had the problems of the pre-RDR, what we do want to look at is actually what is the best way of delivering advice and guidance across the market so I wouldn’t rule out that there may be some element of commission, but we are not going to reverse the RDR.”

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New Year

04 Jan 2016 Happy new year!

As the New Year dawns, there are three obsessions in the UK: resolutions, January sales, and an increasingly popular trend is Dry January — a chance to give our livers a break after the Christmas season. So here's our take on all three.

New Year Resolutions

One of the things that we often berate ourselves about is that we don’t communicate regularly enough, so one of Fundscape’s resolutions is to stay in touch and  blog at least once or twice a month. And we may even stretch to weekly blogs if we have anything interesting or exciting to tell you about.

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Funds of Funds

02 Nov 2015 Who’s hot or not in the Funds of Funds world?

The trend for outsourcing investment has grown sharply in recent years, and with the advent of pension freedom it is only going to get bigger. Model portfolios and robo-advice are currently the talk of the town, but in the background funds of funds have been hoovering up assets.

According to Fundscape’s  latest report Deconstructing the UK Funds of Funds World, FOF assets may only represent 12% of the total fund industry AUM (June 2015), but they punched well above their weight with 52% of industry sales in H1 2015. So in short, it pays to be part of this expanding market.

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Platform Report

27 Jul 2015 Snippets from the Q215 Platform Report

Here are a few snippets from the Q215 data to keep you going until the report comes out in August.

Following demand from other platforms, this quarter we have added Aegon to the platform universe. Aegon does not provide data to Fundscape but releases quarterly results with sufficient information (assets under administration and gross/net flows) to be included on a quarterly basis. We estimate breakdowns, and because its quarterly results come out after our publishing date, we estimate the current quarter and provide actuals for the previous quarter (as we do with Hargreaves Lansdown).

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Intern

06 Jul 2015 We need a clever intern

We are looking for a young, bright intern with some personality to boot. You must have an enquiring mind, be focused and able to see projects through to the end.  You also need excellent research skills (you leave no stone unturned) and brilliant numeracy skills, which essentially means you need to be a real whizz on Excel and technologically savvy. If pivot tables and macros are your thing (or you think they could be), get in touch. Oh, and it helps if you know a little bit about funds and want to learn more about the investment fund industry with one of the UK's leading fund industry research houses.

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