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  • Platforms due diligence: The big question that needs asking

    24 July 2017

    While the level of information that is being asked for by adviser firms in their due diligence processes over the past two to three years has been improving all the time, says Alastair Wilson, head of Retail Platform Strategy at Zurich, “the one question that we still find is missing and which I think...

  • Switching multi-member SIPPs

    19 July 2017

    Nigel Bennett, sales and marketing director at InvestAcc, talks about the increasing number of established professional firms who are reviewing their pension arrangements, switching to new SIPPs and transferring commercial property from legacy plans. Recently, there has been a pronounced spike in enquiries for multi-member SIPP arrangements, where a review of their existing scheme...

  • FCA highlights three key areas for Platform Market Study

    18 July 2017

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the Terms of Reference for its Investment Platforms Market Study, which sets out the scope and topics that will be covered. The Regulator said the increased use of platforms by consumers and financial advisers to access retail investment products and to manage investments had seen a rise...

  • AJ Bell calls on FCA to build new framework for point of sale information

    11 July 2017

    Information given to clients is complex, confusing and not fit for purpose, says the platform AJ Bell has written to Christopher Woolard, director of strategy and competition at the FCA, calling for the regulator to address what it describes as “the increasingly complex point of sale disclosure regime which is no longer fit for...

  • Ascentric expands DFM options with addition of Clear Capital Management

    11 July 2017

    Ascentric has added Clear Capital Management LLP’s model portfolios as a new Discretionary Fund Management (DFM) service on the platform. Ascentric said the move was part of its commitment to offer advisers the broadest range of products to meet their clients’ often complex needs. The four model portfolios include: Absolute Return Fixed Weight Portfolios,...

  • Platforms – it’s not just about price

    12 June 2017

    With the FCA’s value for money review pending for the industry, it’s easy to question whether platforms are broken and in need of fixing. But while platforms may not be perfect, let’s not take them for granted, says Alastair Wilson, head of retail platform strategy at Zurich UK Life. You only need to glance...

  • Blame game over transparency is not constructive

    4 June 2017

    FCA focus on transparency is good for platforms and DFMs alike, says Lawrence Cook, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Thesis Asset Management April’s announcement by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that it plans to study the UK platform market to investigate competition sparked lively debate within the investment community. However, this discussion revealed...

  • Due Diligence Hub launched by AJ Bell

    15 May 2017

    AJ Bell has launched an online Due Diligence Hub that outlines the key areas adviser firms should focus on when selecting the right investment platform for their clients’ needs. The new Due Diligence Hub has been set up to help firms research and conduct due diligence, uses a slightly tongue-in-cheek approach but offers a variety of views on what robust due...