Multi-asset

Disparities in fund sectors criticised in study

An analysis of the two most popular Investment Association mixed asset sectors has revealed wide variation in asset allocation that could have implications for advice suitability. Risk profiler Dynamic Planner researched the IA 20-60 per cent Shares and IA 40-85 per cent Shares sectors, assessing both asset mix, volatility and performance. Cash holdings in the […]

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Morningstar downgrades Woodford’s equity income fund

In a new blow for Neil Woodford, Morningstar has downgraded his signature £6bn equity income fund from silver to bronze following concerns about its positioning. Morningstar senior research analyst Peter Brunt says that “extreme positioning” in less-liquid parts of the market have made the fund “less nimble” than others. He says: “While Neil Woodford is […]

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Brewin profits jump as new advisers targeted

Discretionary fund manager Brewin Dolphin has recorded another £38m in profits for the first half of the year, despite a drop in assets under management. The DFM blames “lower investment returns” for a slight fall in total assets from £40.1bn to £39.7bn. However, profits were up 20 per cent, as net inflows from advisers reached £900m […]

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Adviser satisfaction with DFMs falls

Adviser satisfaction ratings with discretionary fund managers have dropped in the latest index from Defaqto. The consultancy asked advisers to rate discretionary fund managers across 14 categories in relation to their importance. The survey showed that investment flexibility was most important for advisers, in terms of range of assets and range of options. Quality of […]

Fund pickers cut Aberdeen Standard Investments from portfolios

Fund selectors are reassessing or excluding Aberdeen Standard Investments funds in their portfolios, as questions remain around how the investment teams will pan out post-merger. Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management completed their £11bn mega-merger in August. At that time there were around 168 funds from the groups in the Investment Association sectors to be […]