Tag Archives: Funds

“The belly of the beast” – Con Keating and the Investment Association


Con Keating is not everybody’s cup of tea, but he’s mine – especially when he’s after  transparency. This shows him with a timely warning to those who think leaving transparency in the hands of the Investment Association is a good … Continue reading

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So who IS accountable for your pension returns?


  The little I can remember of my O level maths was the dictum “show your working”. It is a primitive call for what we call an “audit trail”, allowing the marker to find out how wrong you were or … Continue reading

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“Investment advisory fees up 14%” -why?


  Can someone explain what is meant by an investment advisory fee in this context? The report appears in Financial Planning Today which describes itself as the daily news website for Financial Planners, Paraplanners and Wealth Managers. The article doesn’t mention … Continue reading

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How do you annoy a wealth manager?


Question; how do you annoy a wealth manager? Answer; ask him about his fund supermarket.   It may offend your local wealth manager (aka IFA) but that’s what Reuters call these funds platforms the FCA are investigating and if you believe Platforum, … Continue reading

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A make or break week for UK investors


Are fund managers the new bankers? If you’ve read the excellent  (draft) FCA Asset Management Market Study, you’d be forgiven to think they were – (and that investment consultants were their knowing flunkies). The question now is how far the FCA … Continue reading

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Why we have actively managed funds


The FCA’s Asset Market Study is written with certain corrective bias’ and it should not be taken as the last word on the active/passive debate. A central focus is on the allocation of savings, particularly long-term retirement savings, to active … Continue reading

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The funds that time forgot.


We’ve all got guilty secrets at the back of the cupboard, those packets of flour purchased at college that you could never throw away (knowing the beer sacrificed to buy them); I even have guilty secrets glued to the back … Continue reading

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Beware the Channel Isles my son.


In the UK we fight financial fraud through the FCA,tPR and a variety of enforcement agencies which together are “action fraud”. Our Regulators are accountable for ensuring that organisations that they regulate behave properly and that investments that they offer … Continue reading

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“Strap me in and platform me up”


  One of the great financial mysteries of Britain today is the success of fund platforms. Last night, light was shed on their murky secrets by a high priest of their dark arts at a talk I attended in a … Continue reading

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Searching for the Loch Ness Monster


  The Investment Association has concluded that hidden charges within funds are like the Loch Ness Monster, much talked about but never seen. Presumably those of us consumers seeking to find the financial Nessie are like the cranks who sit upon … Continue reading

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