Are your cognitive biases preventing you from selecting the best investments for your clients?
The recent FE Invest Breakfast Briefing series explored the topic of cognitive & behavioural biases and their effect on investing. The speakers discussed the pitfalls faced by investors, advisers and fund managers alike and made it clear that none of us are immune from our own assumptions.
Dodge & Cox US Stock and Veritas Asian Among Ten Funds Added to the FE Invest Approved List
Ten new funds have been added and six funds have been removed from the FE Invest Approved List of funds in the latest review. FE Invest rebalances its list of preferred funds twice a year.
Why you should consider insourcing.
In the financial advice industry, there has been a more recent trend towards outsourcing investment solutions to DFMS - giving third-party discretionary fund managers, the permission to invest and rebalance client portfolios. However, given the onus on Advisers to ensure they remain accountable for the investment selection for an individual client, does the term ‘outsourcing’ truly reflect the reality?
Client communication aspects of recent regulatory updates: What’s next and what we should keep an eye out for later this year
Pre-sale Key Information Documents (KIDs) are now required for all Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) that don’t publish UCITS KIIDs. Following heavy criticism about misleading performance scenarios, the FCA says firms can now produce “explanatory materials to put the calculation in context”.
MiFID II Customer Communication: What happens post Brexit?
The recent European Commission Notice to Stakeholders on MiFID opened with talk about “the considerable uncertainties in…the content of a possible withdrawal agreement” and said the requirements on UK firms are “subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement."
The Importance of Fund Ratings as Part of an Adviser’s Investment Process
There has been some debate about the effectiveness and use of fund ratings; with a 2016 Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) review suggesting that perhaps too much emphasis is placed on them. However, the latest Schroders Adviser Survey in December 2017 demonstrated their importance with just over 70% of advisers surveyed using ratings or a ratings agency as part of their fund selection process.
FE Technology Provides Advisers with Improved Due Diligence and Reporting on Aberdeen Standard Investment’s Popular MyFolio Range
FE, the leading provider of data, software and performance analytics to the financial services industry, announces it has worked with Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) to develop a cutting-edge tool, which provides advisers using the firm’s MyFolio range with an online portal for due diligence and fund reporting on the 25 funds within the range.
Calculating the impact of charges on client portfolios: The case for Reduction in Yield
Instead of relying on projections - a simpler and more efficient approach to assessing the impact of costs on a portfolio is to calculate the reduction in its yield (RIY) after accounting for associated costs such as set up charges, exit penalties, ongoing charges, adviser charges, provider and fund charges.
Japan Funds Keep Their Cool but UK Equity Income Funds Disappoint in Latest FE Crown Ratings Rebalance
FE’s latest bi-annual Crown Fund Ratings rebalance has awarded 324 funds with the highly-prized 5 FE Crowns, of which 15 are newcomers and 54 have jumped two or more FE Crowns to achieve the top accolade.
Crown Ratings Rebalance January 2018: Find out what's changed and how the ratings can help you
The FE fundinfo Crown Fund Ratings are rebalanced twice a year. The first rebalance of 2018 has given 324 funds the highly-prized five FE fundinfo Crown Rating, of which 15 are newcomers and 54 have jumped two or more Crowns to achieve the top accolade.
What next for PRIIPs KIDs?
The day has now arrived and KIDs are required for sales of all PRIIPs to retail customers. Many of those involved to date may finally be exhaling after holding their breath for the last few months ahead of the deadline over the festive period. But don’t think it’s all over just yet!