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PIMS: DFM not available for clients with less than £250k

True bespoke discretionary fund management is not available to clients with £250,000 or less to invest, according to consultancy firm Asset Risk Consultants.

Speaking at the PIMS conference onboard the Aurora today, Asset Risk Consultants managing director Stephen McMahon said clients are seduced by discretionary fund managers because they think the DFM is managing their investment on an individual basis.

He added that if a DFM is managing investments well, there may not be a need for bespoke management.

McMahon said: “If fund managers are using the top set of investments they want to use then why are we asking them to go off to the side and do something else?”

Also speaking at PIMS, Baigrie Davis managing director Ian Howe said there is a danger some DFMs overplay their role in managing investments.

Howe said: “I think there is a danger some DFMs over-engineer and over-egg things to create an air of mystery in the art of managing money whereas a simple approach seems to be the best way forward.”

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  1. David Cowell, Myddleton Croft 20th May 2013 at 10:39 am

    McMahon said: “If fund managers are using the top set of investments they want to use then why are we asking them to go off to the side and do something else?”
    Is he not in danger of forgetting what ‘bespoke’ actually means in this context?
    If that’s what a client wants, that’s what they get. And why just ‘funds’?
    By the way, at Myddleton Croft we don’t have size restrictions for true bespoke management

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