FE AFI panellists hike risk and cut exposure to UK in latest rebalance
The 19 financial advisers and wealth managers on the FE Adviser Fund Index (AFI) panel have hiked risk across all three indices in this month’s bi-annual rebalancing by increasing exposure to global and emerging market equities, whilst trimming UK positions.
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.
UK Gilts lead the field in latest FE Passive Crown rebalance
FE today announced that UK Gilts topped the sector charts in the latest FE Passive Crown Ratings rebalance with 38% of funds achieving the maximum five FE Passive Crown Rating. Following closely behind were Property (30%), North American Equities (29%) and Emerging Markets Equities funds (29%), whilst no Sterling Corporate Bond funds achieved the top accolade for a third rebalance in a row.
ESMA consulting on sustainability risks in product governance and suitability
While much attention since MiFID II came into force a year ago has been on cost disclosure, the European regulator ESMA has published two consultation papers (CPs) on integrating sustainability risks and factors in MiFID II, tightening up on suitability of advice, and in UCITS and AIFMD, incorporating them in product governance.
New Year's Resolutions
For many, the New Year is a time for change, a time to rid yourself of the previous year’s sins and a time to pick up some good, new habits. Charles Younes, research manager at FE, shares his thoughts on three investment habits to pick up and fads to avoid in 2019
The funds that have piqued adviser interest in 2018
2018 is drawing to a close so now is time to take a look back at the year gone by to see what facts and figures have emerged. In order for asset managers to better connect with advisers and understand their investment decisions, it’s crucial that we look at how advisers are behaving and why that may be.
ESMA Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG) responds to PRIIPs consultation paper
ESMA’s SMSG – its own panel of advisers, made up of industry participants, consumers and academics – has published its advice to ESMA on the proposals in the PRIIPs Consultation Paper, JC 2018 60, and it doesn’t pull any punches.
Growing the pension pot during retirement: how do you combat these unique risks?
Retirement planning used to be simple, an investor had a long period of accumulation which ended up with the buying of an annuity at retirement which provided a guaranteed income until death. Pension freedoms changed everything as investors are now much likely to enter drawdown in retirement.
FE joins forces with fundinfo and F2C following Hg investment
A new international force in investment data has been created after FE, the investment data, research and software provider, joined forces with fundinfo, a provider of services for asset managers and distributors in Europe and Asia, and F2C, the Luxembourg-based business which runs fund data management platform, publiFund.
ECON calls for two-year extension to UCITS exemption from PRIIPs KIDs
In the middle of the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) consultation on PRIIPs KIDs, there was cross-party agreement in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) that the target date for UCITS to publish PRIIPs KIDs should be extended by two years, from December 2019 to 2021.
First US fund added to FE Invest Responsibly Managed Approved List
A US fund Brown Advisory US Sustainable Growth has been added to the FE Invest Responsibly Managed Approved List for the first time at the latest rebalance. In total, seven funds have been added and two removed.