The FTSE All Share index is down 19% for the year to date, but the broader MSCI World rebounded and is down just 6%. The platform industry followed its cue, assets jumping by 14% this quarter and recovering most of the ground lost in Q1.
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A high viral load sent stock markets around the world into shock in March. As a result, there was a collective contraction in platform assets of £78bn to £633bn, an 11% drop, although this was considerably better than the ~ 25% fall suffered by stock markets worldwide.
This is the second press release on the platform industry in 2019. The February press release covered platform industry highlights for 2019. this press release is about individual platform performance.
Stock markets yoyoed and closed the third quarterly in roughly the same place as they started thanks to geopolitical concerns at home and abroad. In the UK, the third quarter kicked off with the appointment of hardline Brexiteer, Boris Johnson, as party leader and Prime Minister.
It was a cracking start to the year for the platforms industry with several new highs. Assets under administration rose by £31bn (6%) to £520bn, smashing through the £500bn ceiling, while gross and net sales set new records of £29bn and £13.3bn respectively. This was in marked contrast to the start of 2016 when economic factors and Brexit fears led investors to stay away from investments.