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12 Jun 2019 Gatekeepers and Woodford’s woes

Every Tom, Dick and Harry has had a pop at Neil (yes, the villain has a first name) Woodford over the last few days. Countless rent-a-mouths have queued up to drizzle us with their schadenfreude (most know nothing about funds). But while they like to claim they saw it coming, they conveniently forgot to warn the rest of us. 

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27 May 2019 Volatility, value for money and gatekeepers

Over the last decade, a key feature of the retail investment landscape has been the industry’s development of risk-grading as a response to the suitability issue. How do advisers and their clients best ensure that the portfolio selected for them is most likely to produce the capital appreciation and income provision they expect, with the fewest surprises?  In other words, what is the risk that they don’t achieve their goals?  That risk has been distilled down to a single figure on a risk-scale derived from a portfolio’s expected standard deviation of returns, also known as volatility.

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15 Apr 2019 Gatekeepers in the mix (40-85%)

Gatekeepers tend to select single-strategy funds as building blocks in broader portfolios, so the presence of multi-asset funds on gatekeeper lists is usually to cater for one-stop shoppers on D2C platforms, for ISAs for example, or to satisfy the needs of smaller investments through advisers where they may be aimed (unfairly) at so-called less-sophisticated investors.

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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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08 Mar 2019 Gatekeepers and the Global sector

Having led the retail sales figures all year, perhaps it was no surprise that the Global sector was overtaken by a mixed asset sector in Q418. Plummeting equity values served to remind investors that stuff goes down as well as up – despite years of outstanding growth, investors took to more hand-wringing than perhaps a three-month downturn warranted. Global is the new black The attractiveness of the Global sector over the years – and the withering of the UK All Companies equivalent – reflects investors and their advisers’ increasing desire to leave decisions on geographical allocation to the manager. However, the sector...

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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.
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10 Jul 2017 BEYOND MS15/2.3 – CHALLENGING THE RESEARCH MARKET

Last year, the Gatekeepers report caused a stir in the industry by being the first to shine a light on potential biases in fund ratings. This year’s edition is bigger, better and bolder with a wealth of practical information to help fund managers navigate this challenging post MS15/2.3 market. As well as re-assessing the gatekeeper market, we’ve taken a closer look at the efficacy of active fund management, sorted the really active wheat from the closet-tracking chaff, and looked at the value chain from a regulatory perspective and the potential for further scrutiny and investigation.
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27 May 2016 Sentiment in the month of May

A long and sultry summer of sports and social events used to distract the haut monde from investments and led to the old adage of 'Sell in May and go away, come back on St Leger's Day'. Whether stock markets underperform during the six-month period has never been conclusively proven, but respondents to our May survey were undoubtedly more cautious on the outlook for the second quarter.  But it's Brexit and not tennis is overshadowing proceedings.
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09 May 2016 Gatekeeper selections and the top sectors of 2015

According to the Investment Association, the top sectors of 2015, by net sales, were UK Equity Income, Targeted Absolute Return and Europe ex-UK.  Fund groups lucky enough to have funds in these sectors will have had a good year, and if their funds were on any shortlists, they probably had a great year.  How much impact does being selected by a gatekeeper have on a fund's fortunes? We ran our gatekeepers analysis to find out which funds had performed best and whether there was any correlation between performance and the number of selections they had attracted. All of the funds shown below are ranked on their three-year returns.  The tables below include a mix of the best funds by performance and the funds with the most gatekeeper selections. The ones with the  most gatekeepers usually attract the most flows.
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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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