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Brooks Macdonald funds fall but profits rise after cost-cutting

tracker fundsWealth management Brooks Macdonald saw funds under management fall amid tough market conditions in the second half of last year, but has seen profits grow as cost-cutting measures take effect.

Funds under management stood at £11.9bn at 31 December, down 4.5 per cent over the half year.

However, underlying profit was up 8.1 per cent from £8.3m to £9m, which the firm says was supported by “ongoing cost discipline”

Despite the drop in FUM, fee income grew, and overall revenue was up 7.7 per cent over the six months.

At the beginning of 2019, Brooks formalised a “streamlining” plan that will see 50 jobs be cut.

Chief executive Caroline Connellan says: “We delivered a good first half with growth in underlying profit against a backdrop of difficult market conditions and
weaker client sentiment, caused by macroeconomic and political uncertainty.

“December in particular was a challenging month but our UK investment management business has maintained a good level of net new business
over the period, reflecting the strength of our client and adviser relationships.

“In January, we announced measures to drive efficiency and effectiveness in the business, streamlining processes, building a scalable operating model and making Brooks Macdonald easier to do business with. These changes will deliver material cost savings, which we will start to benefit from in the second half, supporting medium-term margin improvement.”

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