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.
Coming soon on FE Analytics: Ex Ante Cost Calculator
FE Analytics already provides a new Reduction in Yield calculator to show the reduction in yield (RIY) in a PRIIPS-compliant way and you can access the four different product costs that need to be disclosed in a MiFID II ex ante client report via FE Analytics. Our team is now busy developing an additional calculator that will enable you to get a clear and transparent view of all MiFID charges that impact a clients’ investments.
IBIPs and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)
The IDD requires greater product governance by manufacturers and distributors, including identification of the target market, and disclosure to customers of product features and costs and charges. For those familiar with MiFID II, this will ring bells. Indeed, in terms of disclosure and product governance, the IDD is effectively MiFID II for life products.
An update on European TLAs and UK FLAs for regulatory reporting
Back in what now feels almost like pre-history, the European Working Group (EWG) came together to provide a standardised reporting template to deliver the data from asset managers to insurance companies for their Solvency II reporting and the Tri-Partite Template (TPT) was born.
Asset Management Market Study (AMMS) Policy Statement and further Consultation Paper and an Occasional Paper on fund charges disclosure
The FCA has had a busy time so far in April, with the publication of, among other things, Policy Statement PS18/8 on final AMMS remedies, Consultation Paper CP18/9 on further proposed AMMS remedies and Occasional Paper 32 on the disclosure of fund charges.
The growing trend of combining multi-asset funds in a single client portfolio
Multi-asset funds offer robust solutions in accumulation, decumulation and income-seeking strategies by providing advisers with a one-stop shop for cost-effective asset allocation, risk management and rebalancing. Based on these merits, they have become popular amongst advisers for use in client portfolios over recent years. Increasingly Advisers are also blending two or more multi-asset funds within one portfolio- a trend that was evident in the results of the FE Adviser Survey 2018.
The clamour for changes to PRIIPs KIDs is too loud to ignore
Nobody denies the value of a short document with key information for investors before they commit to a fund or product. But criticism of the calculations used in PRIIPs KIDs has been pretty constant since even before they hit the streets in January and has hopefully reached a level that can’t be ignored by the European Commission or the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs).
Europe excluding UK dominates both football pundits’ and investors’ list of favourites heading into the World Cup
With the World Cup underway, pundits have been tipping many European teams such as Germany, Belgium, France and Spain as favourites, whilst expectations for the UK’s only qualifier - England – are much more modest. Here, we take a look at how this dominance of European teams mirrors the current investment landscape.
FE's World Cup Starting Line Up
With the World Cup beginning last week, football fans will have been putting together their dream teams, made up of the top players participating in this year’s tournament. Inspired by this, FE’s research team has put together their dream team of funds based on the FE Invest Approved List. They’ve opted for an attacking 4-3-3 formation, consisting of a goalkeeper, four defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.
FE wins place in league table of Britain's fastest growing international sales firms
FE, the leading provider of investment data, research and software to the financial services industry, announced today that it has been ranked at 102 in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, a league table which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest growing international sales.
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.
Risk mapping processes exposing advisers to unintended risk, FE survey finds
Advisers may be inadvertently exposed to business risk and regulatory action by not verifying that their risk mapping tools are fit for purpose and connect logically together, FE’s annual report into financial advice in the UK, has found.
FE provides new approach to calculating the impact of all costs on portfolio returns
FE has today announced the launch of the FE Analytics+ Reduction in Yield (RIY) Calculator, a tool that offers advisers a simpler, more efficient approach to assessing the impact of costs on future returns, in the form of a single figure, rather than relying on projections from product providers.
Europe back from the brink: The tide is turning after a decade of crisis
It has been a tough decade for Europe on both the political and economic fronts. The global financial crisis and European debt crisis had significant knock on effects for the countries in Europe and political events such as the Brexit vote in 2016 led to uncertainty in the area. However, Europe is starting to prosper again. Let’s take a look at how/why money has flowed towards Europe recently.