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Which US funds are hot or not with gatekeepers?

26 Mar 2019 Gatekeepers and the North American sector

Proponents of the passive, index-tracking approach to equity investing often make their case ­­­by underlining the efficiency of stock markets. This is especially true of the US, where research and the speed with which information is translated into price movements can make stock selection a pointless exercise.

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7im cuts costs for HNW

25 Mar 2019 7im cuts rates for HNW investors

In a move that cements its position as a platform for high-net-worth investors and family offices, 7im has cut fees for investors with more than £2m on platform. From 1st April, investors with between £2m and £5m will see their fees fall from 0.15% to 0.08% for assets between £2m and £5m, while those with more than £5m will see fees drop from 0.15% to 0.05% on balances over £5m.

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Here we drill down into who charges and who doesn’t in the platform world.

21 Mar 2019 How do platform exit charges stack up?

Following the recent release of the FCA’s Investment Platforms Market Study final report, the regulator has launched a consultation on the exit charge issue which will consider either a ban or cap on platform exit fees. The potential ban on the charging of exit fees by platforms will, the regulator believes, improve competition and make it easier for investors to switch platforms. Here we drill down into who charges and who doesn’t in the platform world.

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Jacques's fantasy fund league line-up for Fundscape

12 Mar 2019 Fantasy Fund League – Choo Choo Revenue

We launched our Fundscape Fantasy Fund League mid January (click here to find out more) and this week we kick off our weekly series of meet the manager blog posts. This week it's the Choo Choo Revenue team managed by Jacques Ferreira, data analyst at Fundscape, (more about Jacques). Read on to find out why he picked his funds...

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Fundscape's Fantasy Fund League

28 Feb 2019 Fundscape’s fantasy fund league

You know we love an experiment at Fundscape, don’t you? Well, here at Fundscape Park we decided to have a bit of educational fun and understand our own investing behaviours with a friendly football-based investment competition, Fundscape's Fantasy Fund League. The rules are simple and don’t involve a ball or use of the foot. Each player gets to pick up to five investments — any listed investment such as direct equities, funds, of course, exchange-traded funds, and investment trusts.

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Standard Life Aberdeen cuts prices on Elevate

26 Feb 2019 Standard Life cuts charges on Elevate

Standard Life today announced a price decrease for its Elevate platform for all new clients from 1st April 2019. This is a great move by Standard Life. It demonstrates a commitment to its core financial planning market and willingness to share economies of scale with advisers and end-consumers.

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What has Hargreaves Lansdown ever done for us??? eh?

28 Jan 2019 What has Hargreaves Lansdown ever done for us? eh?

Well, this month it gave us the Wealth 50 — a slimmed down version of its old Wealth 150 list, which has been a key fund choice influencer since 2003. But given the amount of grief and badmouthing it's attracted from Terry Smith et al, you would be forgiven for thinking that Hargreaves Lansdown was nothing but a brash parvenu muscling on the platform game instead of an experienced platform provider with 30+ years in the industry. But is any of the criticism justified? let's find out.

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Platform industry projections

04 Jan 2019 Where will the platform industry be in five years’ time?

For the last 10 years we've produced annual five-year projections based on industry trends and the economic outlook and their likely impact on the platform industry. 2018 has been a challenging environment for the industry with some platforms taking a far larger slice of the action than others. Despite the challenging environment, the overwhelming consensus from platform leaders is that platforms that can support advisers to support their clients have a long-term sustainable future.

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Deconstructing the FCA's interim report into the Platform Study

28 Aug 2018 Deconstructing the FCA’s Platform Study Interim Report

The FCA’s interim platform report has already been well and truly thrashed out by trade journals and other research houses. However, we believe that our tools and research are ideal for proactively engaging with the regulator’s long-term objectives and have reviewed the interim report on that basis. But first let’s start with the basics: why, who and what.

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Nucleus aims to float

11 Jul 2018 Nucleus aims to float…

Nucleus has finally confirmed what we’d suspected for sometime: it’s going to float on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. Transact was the first to take the plunge on 2nd March and in the same month AJ Bell announced that it was preparing a flotation in late 2018/early 2019. Nucleus’s announcement came on 2nd July, but it’s working to a punchy calendar and plans to have the whole thing tied up by late July, which is pretty fast by anyone’s book. 

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Gatekeepers in 2017 v 2016

25 May 2018 What drove Gatekeepers in 2017?

We compared Gatekeepers in 2017 to 2016 to look for any emerging trends or changing preferences. But it's safe to say that 2017 can be characterised as a year when Gatekeepers continued to stick with big-name funds, despite their non-appearance as top performers. Meanwhile lesser-known funds outperformed, but were unable to get on fund selectors' radars or if they had been noticed, get fund selectors to up their exposure. Fund groups The fund groups with the most selections in 2017 were still the behemoths of the UK industry. Overall, BlackRock was the most popular, leapfrogging Fidelity and Schroders to become the group

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