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It seems clear that the introduction of the RDR legislation has had a major effect on how advisers think about and run their businesses, but it remains to be seen how far this has impacted the time they have available to provide an internationally competitive service. This report indicates, that post-RDR, advisers' administrative and compliance-related workloads are very high - in fact, they are the highest of any country whose advisers we spoke to. Specifically, this study looks at adviser business practices, the challenges they face and their plans for the future, including their feelings about regulatory and competitive pressures. read more
Do financial advisers/planners add value to my investment portfolio and the subsequent portfolio returns? Implicit within the question is whether advisers and investors act any differently, that is, are advisers advantaged by more expert knowledge of the industry and demonstrate more suitable investment behaviour? This paper seeks to identify if advisers and the general retail market as a whole exhibit these so called behavioural setbacks. This research is also keen to answer the question of whether advisers are reactive to short-term returns, influenced by recent headline data, or instead proactive, and able to identify where future, and for the purposes of this exercise, short-term investment returns may be generated. read more
As the dust settles from the impact of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR), it appears the opportunities stemming from the launch of a non-advised execution-only service are growing for financial advisers in the UK. The execution-only market has remained largely unchanged since the implementation of RDR, but all these factors could still see the goalposts move for advisers operating in the transaction-only space. With these pressures remaining, perhaps the big question is whether execution-only will compete with the traditional IFA business model, complement it, or sit somewhere in the middle of the two? read more
Wealth continues to be a hot topic of conversation in the UK. Whether it is asset managers, financial advisers or the general public there has been an unwavering demand to understand this stratum of investors. While the mass market is counting the pennies, the press (and consequently the general public) has become obsessed with how the wealthy live out their lives in a vacuum away from the wider global financial concerns. The report compares HNW investors to less affluent investors in terms of their investment knowledge, goals and main concerns in 2013. The risk/return approach and the interaction with financial advisers by both segments are also covered which unveils what makes the typical HNW investor tick.
Investment trusts are often overlooked collective investment vehicles that could play a vital role in an investment portfolio. This research report aims to reveal the impediments are more likely to be based on a psychological bias that often acts as an entry barrier before even any consideration is made of the evidence for investment trusts and that in fact, some of the ‘negative issues’ can actually become advantages for investment trusts. Moreover, this paper purports that claims of limited access to investment trusts is a somewhat exaggerated issue and rather the biggest drag is found somewhere between adviser and investor. read more
Regulatory change, fierce competition and the shifting demands of the market all combine to impact on the cost, income and general viability of platforms. As a result platforms are requiring even greater scale in order to thrive, along with cost effective maintenance and (where possible) value-adding effective enhancements. This annual syndicated study aims to deliver key insights to administration providers on the shifting demands of independent financial advisers (IFAs) with an array of empirical data that identifies developing trends in the market. read more
The purpose behind i-Sight is to provide an innovative and leading tool for the enhanced understanding of Britain’s millions of retail investors. It is a leading information service and provides insight to assist businesses in assessing likely investor behaviour over a given period. The research is a data tracker of decision-making factors among Britain’s retail investor sector and covers 28 different investment types allowing investment companies to track levels of specific fund appeal over rolling six-month periods. The respondents are distributed across five key wealth segments, six key age demographics and sex read more
With the onset of high national debt levels, slow economic growth at home and uncertain global markets, more people begin to realise the importance of managing their future savings plans. The central importance of fund investments and adviser services in achieving these goals become more apparent as individuals become more aware that they will be unable to live well on basic savings and state pensions. The Grassroots Distribution Report analyses data on adviser use and demographic characteristics of a large sample of individuals across the United Kingdom to provide a ‘map’ of where adviser use is most prevalent, and where it may be increasing or declining over the next few years. read more
With RDR I now behind them, advisers and product providers are coming to terms with the new regime and the various related changes to business life. The industry now turns its attention to RDR II with the seemingly final nail in the coffin for rebates, the deadline for 2016 to cease trail commission, and the raging debate over the merits of super clean share classes and preferential pricing deals. The report examines the relationship between demographic change and the increased use of technology in researching, purchasing and managing financial products, as well as the distribution of investment products, particularly the demand for financial advisory services. read more
An analysis of buyer behaviour in the insurance and mortgage markets is useful to ensure that companies can efficiently capture consumers’ attention, and are still meeting their needs in light of recent market changes. This report looks at the insurance and mortgage markets, and aims to better understand consumer behaviour in these markets to provide insight which can be used by providers to find and make the most of available opportunities. Survey respondents were queried on their ownership of financial products, use of advisers and how they shopped for insurance and mortgages. read more