March 2019

It’s been a tough year for fund groups and platforms alike with Brexit and other worries cooling the markets. Initially, platforms were cushioned from the worst by ongoing DB transfer business, but by the second half of the year that business was also drying up. Year-on-year asset growth was a meagre 4%, while gross and net sales have plummeted. The economics are relatively unchanged, but investors have been spooked by Brexit and US-China trade wars. For full press release click here.

Advisers and investors are often fed up with the platforms they use and would like to switch to a new provider, but a major deterrent is the exit fees that some platforms charge.