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21 Mar 2019 How do platform exit charges stack up?

Following the recent release of the FCA’s Investment Platforms Market Study final report, the regulator has launched a consultation on the exit charge issue which will consider either a ban or cap on platform exit fees. The potential ban on the charging of exit fees by platforms will, the regulator believes, improve competition and make it easier for investors to switch platforms. Here we drill down into who charges and who doesn’t in the platform world.

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25 May 2018 What drove Gatekeepers in 2017?

We compared Gatekeepers in 2017 to 2016 to look for any emerging trends or changing preferences. But it's safe to say that 2017 can be characterised as a year when Gatekeepers continued to stick with big-name funds, despite their non-appearance as top performers. Meanwhile lesser-known funds outperformed, but were unable to get on fund selectors' radars or if they had been noticed, get fund selectors to up their exposure.
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17 Mar 2014 End investors in sight

It’s been very busy in the D2C platform world and competition is hotting up as the April deadline for unbundled platform pricing approaches. Hargreaves Lansdown was the first to announce its post-RDR charging structure and was followed by Fidelity, Barclays and a host of other discount brokers and direct platforms in the days and weeks that followed.
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07 Feb 2014 OMG!

For those of us forced to get round London in the awful weather and no tube network, what a nightmare week! On the financial services front, it was fairly quiet until Old Mutual Wealth announced its new fund range and portfolio management service yesterday afternoon and then the twitterati got busy. Old Mutual Wealth includes two separate businesses — the Skandia platform and Old Mutual Global Investors (OMG), the fund manager arm. Prior to RDR, the platform was able to wrestle some pretty good rebates out of fund managers, but in the post-RDR world, securing the same kind of pricing from fund managers was likely to prove a challenge unless the platform could demonstrate that it had distribution influence. But even more important was securing distribution deals for its in-house fund manager, OMG. As a result, a combination of the Skandia platform plus a range of well-priced, sub-advised funds and solutions targeted at cost-conscious advisers became the strategy.  The message is clear: we are a one-stop shop for restricted advisers.
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31 Jan 2014 Lidl or Waitrose?

Austerity measures January is usually an austere month. After the Christmas and New Year festivities, not only do we have far less money, but it’s also becoming the norm to give up alcohol for the entire month. Add to that our (mostly) unrealistic New Year resolutions to get fitter, get richer, and get better at a variety of things and January becomes a very tiresome month.
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05 Nov 2012 It’s getting cold out there…

... the summer has been and gone and barely a word was written by us. It has to be a good thing that we’re too busy to write this blog, right?  With just two of us running Fundscape, we’re pretty much at full capacity so things like blogging, facebooking, tweeting etc come pretty low on the list of priorities.  We’re too busy making sure our clients have all the information they need!

The last update was March 2012, a good six months ago, and looking back over previous entries we seem to have settled into a pattern of updating roughly twice a year.  Which isn’t a bad thing, as it gives us lots to talk about.

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