Multi manager

Morningstar launches new model portfolio service

Morningstar has launched a new business unit for advisers looking to outsource fund selection or asset allocation in a post-Mifid II world, including a new model portfolio service. Morningstar says its new unit, called Manager Selection Services, offers three services designed to help clients cope with tougher regulatory and governance pressures. The offer includes: Model […]

Openwork renews deal with Newcastle Financial Advisers

Openwork has renewed a tie-up with Newcastle Financial Advisers for a further five years. Openwork, then called Zurich Advice Network, joined with Newcastle Financial Advisers, a subsidiary of Newcastle Building Society, in 2003. It then extended the contract in 2013. Newcastle Financial Advisers currently has 26 advisers. According to Openwork, it has been the network’s largest investment […]

Meet the manager: Jupiter’s Chatfeild-Roberts on youthful enthusiasm versus experience

Jupiter’s fund-of-funds veteran explains his choice of manager to replace Woodford in his portfolios “In a raging bull market, young fund managers can often generate stellar performance but, on balance, experience trumps youthful enthusiasm.” So wrote John Chatfeild-Roberts in his 2006 book, Fundology. Twelve years later, Jupiter Merlin’s head of strategy on independent funds says […]

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Fund figures show decline in platforms’ dominance

Platforms’ retail distribution dominance has declined in the past year, according to the latest Investment Association figures. In January, intermediaries including IFAs and wealth managers made gross retail fund sales of £8.1bn, representing an increase in market share of nearly 10 percentage points year-on-year, to 35.7 per cent from 27.4 per cent in January 2017. […]

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Scottish Widows sticks with Standard Life Aberdeen for retirement funds launch

Scottish Widows will continue to temporarily employ Aberdeen Standard Investments for its fund management business as it launches a new range of retirement funds. The company has built a variant of its existing pension portfolio fund range and is targeting investors in drawdown. It will keep Aberdeen Standard’s expertise to manage the passive bond part […]

Justin Cash, Editor of Money Marketing
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Editor’s note: DFMs need to focus on adviser service

Let’s talk about discretionary fund managers. It’s an important conversation to have: even advisers who adore their investment manager admit that the market as a whole is murky, highly profitable and a nightmare to compare. They are also growing in importance, in terms of both volume of assets and the number of advisers that are […]

Jupiter: Mifid II cost criticism lacks weight

Head of strategy for the Jupiter Independent Funds Team John Chatfeild-Roberts looks at how Mifid II has hit multi-manager funds following Money Marketing’s reporting on the true costs of the funds. Mifid II provides investors with greater clarity of charges. However, appreciating the difference between value and price is fundamental; of course price is important but […]

Peeling back the layers: The Mifid II effect on fund of fund fees

Firms that offer multi-manager funds have defended their strategies following mounting pressure on the industry in light of new cost disclosure rules. Concerns exist that multi-manager funds, which are by nature more expensive than single strategy funds, would have even higher costs when transaction fees are put under the spotlight.Money Marketing has analysed some of […]

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IA calls for ‘urgent’ review of Key Information Documents

The Investment Association has called for an “urgent” review new Key Information Documents issued to investors. Since January 1, Priips legislation has meant advisers now have to publish a stand-alone, standardised KID to their client including performance scenarios, risks, and the total cost of products. Yesterday, however, the FCA gave advisers licence to go further […]

Jupiter Merlin portfolios hit by £223m outflows

Jupiter Fund Management’s £7.5bn multi-manager range, Merlin, suffered £223.8m net outflows in Q4, according to data from Morningstar, in the face of increasing competition and a spotlight on fees. Money Marketing sourced data from Morningstar on the Merlin portfolios following a trading update from Jupiter this week, which revealed the range continues to be one […]