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Ascentric assets grow to £2bn

Ascentric has seen assets on its platform grow 75 per cent since the start of 2010 to pass the £2bn mark.

Ascentric managing director Hugo Thorman says this marks a record period of growth for the independent wrap platform.

He says: “After taking almost three years to achieve our first billion, hitting this mark in just over 10 months represents another significant milestone in the development of the Ascentric platform and is a great credit to the team working here.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from adviser firms and white label clients, who have helped shape and refine our proposition and driven this growth by placing an increasing volume of assets on the platform.

“With RDR driving adviser firms towards technologies that support their client propositions, we are well set to grow our share of an increasingly competitive market.”



The value of training

Although it may seem strange, I am rather relieved that news from Aviva’s latest retail distribution review update suggests changes to business models rather than examinations are now advisers’ primary concerns when it comes to being ready for the RDR. As I have identified several times in this column in recent months, achieving the necessary […]


Regulatory Legal issues FSCS warning over Keydata

A law firm representing Keydata investors has issued a warning to the Financial Service Compensation Scheme, ahead of its decision on compensation for the investors expected to be announced next week. Regulatory Legal partner Gareth Fatchett says the firm will launch a judicial review if the FSCS does not issue a detailed explanation of its […]


Guide: how to change your auto-enrolment support

As we approach the two-year milestone of auto-enrolment, employers have had the opportunity to truly assess the capabilities of their chosen support. They are also now realising that getting to the staging date was the easy part, and that support is required for almost every aspect of the day to day running of their scheme. With the three-year re-enrolment window coinciding for many with the total removal of commission and Active Member Discounts from pension-related products and services, as well as the introduction of the pension charge cap in April 2015, many employers will have no choice but to review their support options. But, what is involved in transitioning your auto-enrolment scheme away from your current support options? This guide from Johnson Fleming aims to outline some of these key areas and provide information and discussion points on what you need to consider.


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