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Network comparison engine now compares 17 distributors

Adviser Matrix has revealed it is now comparing 17 networks and national IFAs after six months of trading.

The service allows advisers narrow down their options when choosing a network from the responses received.

Adviser Matrix managing director Paul Fryers says: “Our research has found advisers who consider joining a network or a national IFA typically spend three or more hours with each organisation they consider. Unsurprisingly, this leads to them only looking at a few options before making a decision. There is a lot of variety in the propositions available, so if an adviser takes a narrow view they run the risk of missing out on what may have been the most suitable option.”

Fryers says an adviser would have to spend 50 hours of research if they were to investigate every distributor in the UK. “Intermediaries simply don’t have this sort of time on their hands,” he says, “by doing their research via Adviser Matrix, they can cut this down to just a few hours. It is unavoidable that advisers must invest time in understanding the detail behind a network proposition before they sign up, but we can help make that easier for them.”

Telos project director Richard Farr says: “I believe this is highly topical at present as there is a lot of interest in joining the network with the right fit amongst the adviser community.

“The Adviser Matrix model also creates the opportunity for networks and national IFAs to be able to promote their unique proposition to businesses that they may otherwise not have been able to attract, so I am not surprised so many have shown a positive interest.”


Adviser Fund Index

As macro-economic news seems to move from bad to worse, investors’ confidence in the value of their investments has been tested, resulting in widespread sell-offs. The shortening of investment horizons that this implies is a cause for concern for AFI panellists.

Strong dollar can be a powerful driver of UK dividend growth in 2015

By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO 

This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar. 

In our view, this trend is much more than simply a one-quarter phenomenon. It is actually the most profound issue to get right as a UK equity income investor in 2015. We believe that the US dollar will continue to strengthen significantly from its current level. This is due more to the US economy’s demonstrable de-coupling from the rest of the world than to a view on the UK. The US has a strong chance of tightening monetary conditions this year without jeopardising growth or de-stabilising its housing market. The same can unfortunately not be said about the UK.


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