Jupiter says it is highly unlikely to apply performance fees to its existing funds after its IFA research unearthed fears about complexity and also revealed widespread contentment with the existing arrangements.
The company broke ranks with the rest of the industry in February when it said it would poll its key distribution partners about the opportunities presented by the FSA's liberalisation of fund regulation. Chief among these was the prospect of performance-related fees, which it hoped could be introduced to its current fund range in a variety of formats.
But now the firm says the chances of adjustable fees being applied is virtually nil, with most IFAs expressing no desire to switch from the existing discounting arrangement.
It also says that, given the complexity of the new rules – and the fact that unitholder approval would almost certainly be required – there is little point in introducing fees on its existing range but it is considering designing new funds built around performance-related fees.
Joint managing director Gordon Davidson says: “Our IFA supporters are very happy with the existing situation whereby discounts are available and performance is good. Just dropping in a performance fee without understanding the consequences could be dangerous.”