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Architas UK net inflows drop 70%

Architas UK has seen inflows drop by just over 70 per cent in the first half of the year.

The Axa-owned asset manager reported £152m net inflows for the first six months of 2018, compared with £546m in the first half of 2017.

Globally, Architas’s net inflows dropped to €797m (£710.6m) in the first half of 2018 from €1.1bn (£936m) in the same period of 2017.

Assets under administration and management for Architas UK rose from £23bn in the first half of 2017 to £24bn in H1 2018. Global AUAM increased to €43.1bn this year from €42.8bn last year.

Architas opens up ‘super clean’ classes beyond Standard Life platforms

In July, Architas made its “super clean” share classes available to all platforms, not just Standard Life Wrap and Elevate, which were the only two platforms to previously offer them.

Architas chief executive Hans Georgeson says: “In Europe we have seen continued strong inflows from the Axa distribution networks across France, Belgium, Italy and Germany as investors moved into investment funds to try and secure higher levels of return from their savings.”



FCA opening more cases than ever before

The FCA had more than 500 cases open at the start of April, which is nearly 100 more than the same time last year. According to a Financial Times report, the regulator had a record 504 investigations open as of 1 April, compared with 410 the year before. Of that caseload, 85 cases are looking […]


How much are advisers charging for pension transfers?

Defined benefit pension transfer charges are being put under the microscope again as the regulator turns over more potential conflicts of interest. With the British Steel Pension Scheme the latest to dominate headlines and the FCA ready to interrogate further as it extends its review to include all firms authorised to give pension transfer advice, […]

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GAM to liquidate suspended manager’s bond range

Swiss asset manager GAM is to liquidate nine unconstrained/absolute return bond funds, following the suspension last month of the investment director who ran them. GAM suspended trading in its unconstrained and absolute return bond funds at the start of August, after a high level of redemption requests. In a letter posted on its website on […]

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What does value for money in a DC default look like?

Lorna Blyth – Head of Investment Solutions The phrase ‘value for money’ is fast becoming a favourite phrase of the pensions industry. The regulator sees ‘value for money’ as a key outcome for workplace pension members and as a result both providers and Independent Governance Committees (IGCs) are keen to evidence it. But what is it […]


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