Recent research on the most bought funds in 2016 showed that Fundsmith and Woodford Equity funds featured first and second on the list - whilst Vanguard's passive vehicles also bagged top spots.
A new report from Deloitte, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Defining Future Leaders in Asset Management’ has outlined five bold changes asset management groups will need to make in order to remain competitive.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published an Interim Report to the Asset Management Market Study which noted several areas for further focus. The overall study aims to assess how competition in the market is working and to what extent investors are getting value for money, and is set to be published in February 2017. The interim report provisionally highlights areas for concern or further investigation and was received by the press on 18 November.
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The UK’s £6.6 trillion UK asset management industry is indeed one of the most competitive. The traditional fund market is saturated to an extent by countless products overlapping with regards to both asset class and style. Furthermore, the rise of one-stop-shop multi-asset solutions and model portfolios has left traditional funds looking less attractive to advisers looking to diversify clients’ assets.
While the benefits of social media were not immediately recognised by asset managers, and indeed the financial services industry more broadly, it’s acknowledged now by most firms that social media provides a platform on which companies can build their brand and connect with their target audience.
Following an intriguing article in the Financial Times recently, which suggested that passive fund fees could fall to 0 per cent in a bid by fund groups to increase their market share, it’s fair to say that the race is definitively on for active managers.
The cost of active funds is rarely out of the headlines, and it’s fair to say that the publicity has been far from positive. The latest survey of FE Trustnet readers exposes just how strongly professional investors feel about the price of their fund.
It has been a tempestuous year for markets. Since last April, when the FTSE broke the psychologically important 7,000 barrier, the slowdown in China, speculation over the pending interest rate rise and August’s pivotal Black Monday sell off, have coalesced to create a challenging environment for fund selectors and portfolio managers looking to protect and grow their client’s investments. It is therefore unsurprising that multi-asset and absolute return funds have seen such a surge in interest.