Nest has refused to release details of the fees charged by its investment fund managers due to concerns that the disclosure would “prejudice the commercial interests” of the scheme.
Responding to a freedom of information request from Money Marketing, Nest concedes that releasing the information would improve transparency and accountability of its activities and the procurement decisions it takes.
However, it says revealing the fees would hamper negotiation of future fund management mandates. Nest says the decision was also influenced by the fact that fund manager charges will be paid for by scheme members rather than the taxpayer.
Nest says: “The disclosure of this information would also prejudice the commercial interests of the fund managers in question because charges payable by clients for fund management services are closely protected within the industry and disclosure would place fund managers working with the Nest Corporation at a significant commercial disadvantage.”
Syndaxi Chartered Financial planner managing director Rob Reid says: “It is ironic, given the current discussion on the lack of full disclosure of charges, that we have a Government-sponsored arrangement that does not want to tell us what the individual fund manager charges are.”
UBS, State Street Global Investors and BlackRock will manage the five investment mandates to be used by Nest’s default fund.