Tag Archives: customers

CONSUMERS HAVE THEIR SAY ABOUT PLATFORMS

Weighing in at 91 pages and backed by a study of more than 3,000 platform users, the consumer research element of the FCA’s Investment Platforms Market Study (IPMS[1]) is a heavyweight. And while it doesn’t land many blows or produce […]

HULK SMASH SECONDARY ANNUITIES!

Perhaps I was having a grumpy day (a blip in my otherwise sunny persona) when I wrote/ranted about the truly horrible prospect of a secondary annuity market. Or perhaps it was just a natural reaction to that horrible prospect. In […]

HULK SMASH SECONDARY ANNUITIES!

Perhaps I was having a grumpy day (a blip in my otherwise sunny persona) when I wrote/ranted about the truly horrible prospect of a secondary annuity market. Or perhaps it was just a natural reaction to that horrible prospect. In […]

REMIND ME WHY WE’RE DOING THIS AGAIN?

There’s a theme running through the FCA’s Consultation Paper 16/12: Secondary Annuity Market proposed rules and guidance. If you’ve braved all 112 pages (or any of them really) you might have spotted it. Here are some clues! Paragraph 1.7, We […]

Miss Woodhouse demands (more accessible and useful disclosure documents)

In Jane Austen’s Emma, during the rather bad-tempered picnic to Box Hill, mischief-making Frank Churchill addresses the assembled party. He asserts that Miss Emma Woodhouse wishes to be entertained and so demands from each of them ‘one thing very clever! […]

Miss Woodhouse demands (more accessible and useful disclosure documents)

In Jane Austen’s Emma, during the rather bad-tempered picnic to Box Hill, mischief-making Frank Churchill addresses the assembled party. He asserts that Miss Emma Woodhouse wishes to be entertained and so demands from each of them ‘one thing very clever! […]

An open letter to Hargreaves Lansdown

Dear HL Unlike many others in my sector, I’m a big fan of yours. I’m such a big fan that I’m a client – there, I’ve said it. And yes, I hold L&G and HSBC passive funds in my portfolio […]

It’s D2C nite tonite!

Well, it’s been a busy few days in platformland. First of all there was a very interesting debate between Hugo Thorman of Ascentric/IFDL and David Ferguson of Nucleus on the importance or otherwise of owning your own technology. I was […]

It’s D2C nite tonite!

Well, it’s been a busy few days in platformland. First of all there was a very interesting debate between Hugo Thorman of Ascentric/IFDL and David Ferguson of Nucleus on the importance or otherwise of owning your own technology. I was […]

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 […]