Sterling Bond Fund Shake Up Contributes to High Turnover of Funds in FE Invest Approved List
There has been a high turnover (21.5%) of funds in the latest FE Invest Approved List rebalance, with sterling bond funds seeing the biggest churn. The changes are intended to help investors protect capital from unpredictable markets and increase portfolio diversification.
FE Helps EFAMA to Boost Number of Funds Categorised by the European Fund Classification (EFC)
FE, the leading investment ratings, research and data provider, announced today that it is providing The European Fund Categorization Forum (EFCF) – a Task Force of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) – with the Indicative Classification (IC) data for funds distributed in Germany and Switzerland.
PRIIPs KIDs annual review
One of the few positive things that can be said about PRIIPs KIDs is that, unlike UCITS KIIDs, they don’t all need to be updated during the same short window at the start of every year. So PRIIPs providers can stagger their workload throughout the year, carrying out their annual reviews after their funds’ accounting dates, possibly.
FE Launches Industry First Tool for Advisers to Access MiFID II Data and Calculate Pre-Sale Charges
FE, the leading investment ratings, research and data provider, announced today the launch of the FE Analytics+ Ex Ante Costs and Charges Calculator, an industry first tool that gives advisers a clear, transparent view of all the pre-sale (ex ante) charges they need to disclose to clients under the MiFID II regulation.
Against the odds: funds that sailed through the last decade to top the charts
Lehman Brothers collapsed a decade ago. It was a key milestone in the global financial crisis, teaching investors a painful lesson that nothing is too big to fail. A lot has happened since then and anybody you ask will tell you it’s been a tough decade all round, both on political and economic fronts.
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.
Confusion over the demise of UCITS KIIDs and the future of PRIIPs KIDs
The European Supervisory Authorities (the ESAs, made up of ESMA, EBA and EIOPA), have published a series of letters between them and the European Commission (EC), over the proposed ending of the exemption for UCITS KIIDs at the end of 2019.
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.
Why is FE Invest the fastest growing DFM on platform?
FE’s discretionary model portfolio service was first launched on a single platform just over three years ago to offer Advisers a new breed of model portfolios; created jargon-free with a view to enhancing the Adviser – Investor relationship.
A golden opportunity to stand out from the crowd
Risk has never been a bigger issue for financial advisers. Not only do today’s financial advisers need to correctly assess clients’ attitude to risk and map it across to suitable portfolios – they also need to become risk management experts and ensure regulatory compliance. This blog will look at the issues raised in FE’s latest annual adviser survey, ‘Adviser business models - What lies beneath?’
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.
Interest rate rise should not deter investors from UK Gilts
Bond markets had been patient in anticipation of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee decision today to raise the benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.75 per cent. A decision that has seemed increasingly predictable given that the probability of an interest rate hike had moved to 90 per cent over the summer.
UK Gilts maintain sector dominance in latest FE Passive Crown rebalance
FE, the leading UK investment ratings and research agency, today announced that almost half (46%) of UK Gilts funds and a third of both North American Equities (31%) and Emerging Market Equities (30%) funds achieved the highly-prized five FE Passive Crown Rating at the latest rebalance, whilst no Index-linked Gilts or Sterling Corporate Bond funds achieved the top accolade for a second rebalance in a row.
China and Asia ex Japan top the sector charts in latest FE Crown Ratings rebalance
FE’s latest bi-annual Crown Fund Ratings rebalance has awarded 321 funds with the highly-prized 5 FE Crowns, of which 10 are newcomers and 31 have jumped two or more FE Crowns to achieve the top accolade.
Advisers turn away from the UK amid uncertainty
This year’s FE Adviser Survey (Adviser Business Models – what lies beneath) looked at how advisers are managing their investment processes, to discover areas for improvement and to highlight best practice. Here, we look at one part of that process specifically – investment choices and which sectors advisers have increased their exposure to.