The first quarter of the year was one of mixed results and mixed messages. For some fund managers, it was a good start to the year, but there was evidence of fewer fund managers winning business as investors retreated from riskier assets towards solutions-oriented funds. M&G led the stakes with a record-breaking £3bn+ in gross retail fund flows.
Platforms, on the other hand, were more able to recover their equlibrium partly as a result of a rebound in business and partly as a result of the ongoing adviser shift to platforms. Stock-market rises helped to push platform assets up to £189bn and there was a noticeable rise in gross and net flows.
Click here for the Pridham press release for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Click here for the Platform press release for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Click here for the Distribution press release for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Overall platform assets declined by 2.3% to £163.9bn in the third quarter as the eurozone crisis took its toll. However Axa Elevate, Nucleus and Ascentric bucked the trend.
Despite the summer of discontent, gross sales rose by 1.4% to £12.5bn relative to the previous quarter, but net flows were down slightly (-0.7%) to £7.5bn. Sales would have been a damp squib were it not for Cofunds with gross flows of £4.6bn and net flows of £3.3bn.
Fundscape's latest Pridham Report (Q3) showed that sales plummeted over the third quarter. Most asset managers saw their business decline, but some did well in key fund areas. M&G retained top position in the retail sales chart for a recordbreaking 12th quarter as its bond funds returned to favour again.
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The latest Pridham Report is out now and shows that fund groups paddled hard to stay ahead in the second quarter of the year. M&G topped the rankings for the 11th consecutive quarter. To download the press release click here.
The latest issue of Fundscape's confidential quarterly Platform Report showed that assets rose by 6% during the quarter, reflecting the more difficult market conditions. But gross and net sales rose by considerably more. Gross sales were £12.1bn up 10% on the previous quarter, while net sales were £7.5bn, up a whopping 17% on Q1's figures.
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The latest (Q1) issue of Fundscape's confidential Pridham Report has just been released. M&G was the top group for net retail sales for the tenth consecutive quarter. Click here to view the press release.
Fund investment has become the cornerstone of UK consumers’ savings and investment strategies over the last three years. Low-interest rates, falling residential property values and the withdrawal of National Savings & Investments Index-Linked Savings Certificates is encouraging people to look to investment funds for both income and capital growth to maintain the real value of their savings.