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New web portal launches for platform professionals

‘The Platforum’ is a new web portal that launched today by Cicero Consulting and strategic advisers HM Consulting.

The forum can be found at and will offer news, information, interviews and a networking hub for financial services executives with an interest in investment platforms.

It will launch featuring a live view from FSA’s Dan Waters on platform regulation, articles, discussions and an interview with Nucleus chief executive David Ferguson on the future of the indutry.

Membership, which is free, also includes access to a real time discussion forum, free use of the members’ lounge at Cicero’s Soho offices and access to a jobs and networking directory.

HM Consulting managing director Holly Mackay says: “Platforms have grown from being a niche sector to now lying at the core of how savings and investments will be distributed and serviced.

“It was clear to us that there was a need for an independent forum with no particular agenda to push; a venture to aggregate and provide news, ideas, opinions, information and interviews. We hope that the industry will get on board and I am confident that we will deliver a useful, relevant and thought-provoking service.”

Cicero managing director Jeremy Swan says: “After the success of our collaboration with Holly at the Cicero Forum Platform conference in February it was clear we should continue the momentum. The platform industry is surging ahead and we want to be in the thick of it providing ideas, opportunities for debate and ultimately to help the industry shape its future.”


Investment matters

Even the most conservative of UK balanced pooled pension funds lost money in the opening quarter of this year.

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Pensions: trouble ahead?

The pace of change in the pension’s space has been little short of astonishing, and has left thousands of employers struggling to keep their pension policy compliant, and also on the right side of current best practice and governance. Many employers, and indeed many in the pensions industry itself, would like to see a period of no change during the next term of government. This would give all sides a chance to catch up and draw breath. 


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