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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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18 Apr 2019 Guide to platforms

Platforms have become an integral part of many an adviser's working life, and the industry is well-established. There are now plenty of platforms, and many are so well-established that they are being forced...

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02 Apr 2019 Nucleus profits jump in tough year

Wrap platform provider Nucleus adjusted profits before tax jumped 32.8% to £7.7m in its annual results, following a “tough year” for platforms. In its first set of results since listing on AIM last July...

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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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14 Feb 2019 DB transfer flows camouflage

Defined benefit (DB) transfers helped cushion investment platforms from the worst in 2018, according to consultancy Fundscape, in what proved a difficult year for the sector....

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13 Feb 2019 Platform industry highlights 2018

The PLATFORM INDUSTRY is in extended lockdown phase as several companies will be reporting their full-year results between now and 15th March 2019. We’re unable to provide individual platform data until the last PLC has reported its results to the stock market. As a result, this is the first of two press releases for Q418/2018 platform data.
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