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16 May 2019 Aviva on road to recovery

Fundscape's analysis of platform performance in the first quarter of 2019 should make for encouraging reading for AJ Bell, Aviva and Transact, but some of the chasing pack appears stagnant....

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13 May 2019 Poor start to 2019 for platforms

THERE MAY BE PROBLEMS AHEAD… By the end of March 2019, stock markets had recovered from the severe whipping they’d received in the last quarter of 2018. All major markets were home to stellar growth, with even the FTSE All Share rising by 8.3% despite Brexit concerns. The upturn pushed UK platform assets up 7.3% to £637bn, a vast improvement on Q418, but only £4bn higher than Q318’s closing balance of £633bn. Hargreaves Lansdown, D2C platform and the UK’s largest distributor, moved into pole position as the UK’s largest investment platform.
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21 Mar 2019 Cofunds loses £8.5bn of assets in 2018

The assets on the Cofunds platform fell by £8.5bn in the 2018 calendar year, making it the platform with the biggest net losses in the period. Data compiled by Fundscape, showed almost all platforms lost assets...

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19 Mar 2019 Brexit, brinkmanship and pensions

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.
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12 Nov 2018 BREXIT WEIGHS ON INVESTOR SENTIMENT IN THIRD QUARTER

In July the UK government finally agreed an exit strategy with the EU and the outlook began to look rosier. But as the quarter wore on, resignations and vocal criticism abounded dampening investor sentiment and sending stock markets into the red — the FTSE 100 and the FTSE All Share indices fell by 1.8% in the quarter.  Download the release here
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