By Natasha Roberts
Date: Thursday 28 Jun 2012
The Chief Executive of Alliance Trust has warned that the retail distribution review (RDR) is likely to do little to boost demand for investment trusts.
The RDR, a product of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the UK's financial services industry regulator, is changing the way in which UK financial advisors offer services to investors by boosting transparency and clarity. The changes are due to take place at the end of this year.
Katherine Garret-Cox, who was speaking at an Association of Investment Companies (AIC) roundtable, said: "In reality this is not going to be a panacea for the industry, in my humble opinion."
The CEO said she believes that the RDA will not level the playing field between closed and open-ended funds, despite the FSA confirming its plan to put a ban on cash rebates - the payments made by providers to consumers through platform cash accounts.
However Garret-Cox also said that Alliance Trust, as the largest generalist investment trust, with a market cap of £2.0bn, was "well positioned" for the RDR and would be afforded the opportunity to gain traction under its rules.
The RDR aims to protect consumers of financial advice to ensure investors are receiving the correct advice for their individual situation.
Under the new measures, which the investment trust industry must have put in place by the end of December 2012, firms will have to adhere to a code of ethics, state whether they are independent or restricted and disclose and seperately charge clients for the services they receive.
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