// Fundscape

22 Nov 2018 Vertical integration

Last week we published the quarterly Platform Report, which attracted much attention.  Total industry assets now stand at £267bn, and although it was the quietest quarter of the year, gross and net flows were pretty robust at £17bn and £8.9bn.  (Download press release here and 60-second reviews here). Market sentiment is driving sales, which is good for the platform industry, but RDR has also been a boon for platforms.  The Distribution report is due out early next week, but we can reveal that platform market share jumped yet again and now stands at over 51% — a significant change considering their market share of 41% in Q4 2012.
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09 Mar 2015 Pensions push platforms to record highs in 2014

Geopolitical clouds gathered for the fund industry in the second half of the year, but platforms weathered the storm thanks in particular to robust pension product flows. As a result, platform flows rose to record highs in the fourth quarter, with gross sales totalling £22bn and net sales coming in at just over £12bn. According to the Fundscape Platform Report, it was a remarkable year for the industry. Platform assets rose by £50bn to reach £343.7bn at the end of the year, a growth rate of 17% that overshadowed the FTSE 100’s -2.7% for the same period. Pension freedom and the ongoing demand for income were the two main factors that drove flows and worked in the industry’s favour. Gross sales for the year rose by 21% to £82bn from £68bn in 2013, while net sales were up by 16% to £42bn from £36bn in 2013.
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