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Good and bad in MiFID II cost disclosure, says FCA review
Having selected 50 assorted MiFID II investment firms – D2C platforms, robo-advisers, DFMs and fund managers – the FCA looked at their understanding of the rules, where they might be falling short, how well costs and charges information is shared between groups and whether cost disclosure has improved the transparency of client communications.
Keeping Up with the Digital Revolution: Your Reputation is on the Line!
It is becoming more and more evident that the wealth and asset management industry is going through a digital transformation. Changing technology is making space for a new breed of digital competitors with innovative solutions aiming to disrupt the industry.
IA North America funds dominate top performing funds list
With the third quarter of 2018 at an end, data from FE Analytics shows a dramatic change in the constituents of the top 50 best performing funds over the three quarters of 2018 to date, compared with the last three quarters of 2017.
10 Years On: Best Performing Sectors and Funds Since the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
Over the past decade, nine sectors achieved a first quartile performance ranking within the IA, four of which were smaller companies. IA Japanese Smaller Companies, IA North America Smaller Companies, IA UK Smaller Companies and IA European Smaller Companies were ranked second, third, fourth and sixth respectively.
UK Equities most researched funds amid Brexit uncertainty and threat of ‘no deal’
With a ‘no deal’ Brexit looking to be a strong possibility, investors are likely feeling anxious about how to position their portfolios. In light of this, we have used FE’s unique Market Intel (MI) tool to see which Investment Association (IA) funds and sectors advisers have been researching recently, as well as the period leading up to the referendum and the two years since (July 2015 to July 2018).
Cazenove Capital and Parmenion among latest DFMs to commit to model portfolio transparency through FE Transmission
Cazenove Capital, Openwork, Parmenion and Sarasin are the latest model portfolio providers to join FE Transmission, the service which enables advisers to access underlying portfolio data and conduct detailed analysis on the providers they work with.
The impact of millennials on the asset management industry
The world nowadays is divided into generations that have grown up in completely different circumstances and which therefore have very different outlooks on the world. The generation made up of those born between 1980 and 1995 have come to be known as millennials, and while older generations may look down on them and say how “things were better in my day”, its undeniable that millennials and their views are shaping the future.
MiFID II Customer Communication: What happens post Brexit?
The recent European Commission Notice to Stakeholders on MiFID opened with talk about “the considerable uncertainties in…the content of a possible withdrawal agreement” and said the requirements on UK firms are “subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement."
The Importance of Fund Ratings as Part of an Adviser’s Investment Process
There has been some debate about the effectiveness and use of fund ratings; with a 2016 Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) review suggesting that perhaps too much emphasis is placed on them. However, the latest Schroders Adviser Survey in December 2017 demonstrated their importance with just over 70% of advisers surveyed using ratings or a ratings agency as part of their fund selection process.
Key Regulatory Developments in 2018
As the industry counts down to PRIIPs and MiFID II in days, rather than weeks or months, FE recaps some of the last minute items on firms’ ‘to do lists’ this side of Christmas, and lays out all the important regulatory dates for your diaries in 2018.
MiFID II Final Countdown: FE Launches Data Solution to Help Latecomers Meet the January Deadline
With the 3rd January 2018 deadline for the implementation of MiFID II client reporting just six weeks away, FE has created a data packaging solution to help platforms, back office software providers and DFMs who have left it late to find a solution to gather the data for their reporting requirements.