Tag Archives: commercial

Will platform margins really halve in 3 years?

Hmmm! The redoubtable Southampton-based platform behemoth Skandia has started 2012 in characteristically robust fashion by jack-in-the-boxing on Citywire and predicting that platform margins will halve by 2015. According to Skandia, the market is at 30-50bps now, and will be at […]

Cofunds get their transparency on

So I had the pleasure of attending the Cofunds’ relaunch / refresh / briefing today, wherein Martin, Verona and the gang told us about their plans for unbundling and changing the Cofunds proposition over the next year or so. I’ve […]

Cofunds get their transparency on

So I had the pleasure of attending the Cofunds’ relaunch / refresh / briefing today, wherein Martin, Verona and the gang told us about their plans for unbundling and changing the Cofunds proposition over the next year or so. I’ve […]

Apples and oranges

Last week I wrote nice things about Fidelity and their transparent disclosure of fund manager rebates. This week I find myself back wrestling opacity again, and it reminds me how difficult it is to perform meaningful comparisons between old and […]

Apples and oranges

Last week I wrote nice things about Fidelity and their transparent disclosure of fund manager rebates. This week I find myself back wrestling opacity again, and it reminds me how difficult it is to perform meaningful comparisons between old and […]

The irresistible decline of provider extranets?

Just a short post, inspired by a piece I saw recently from a platform user. His thing was that other than trading, he used very little of the reporting or client management functionality that his chosen platform bundled in (he […]

The irresistible decline of provider extranets?

Just a short post, inspired by a piece I saw recently from a platform user. His thing was that other than trading, he used very little of the reporting or client management functionality that his chosen platform bundled in (he […]

What can you get for £225m?

So Citywire report today that between them AXA, Standard Life and Old Mutual (the parent of Skandia) have spent £225m injecting capital into loss-making platforms. Standard lead the pack with a £116m injection to cover a £130m loss (2007-2009), AXA […]

What can you get for £225m?

So Citywire report today that between them AXA, Standard Life and Old Mutual (the parent of Skandia) have spent £225m injecting capital into loss-making platforms. Standard lead the pack with a £116m injection to cover a £130m loss (2007-2009), AXA […]

Specific gravity, the secret of a good client proposition?

I’ve been taking a little time this morning to read the results of the RBS customer charter. The headlines are that it’s a curate’s egg, good in parts. Incidentally, if you want to know where the phrase ‘curate’s egg’ comes […]