#SFTW: Godfrey-gate special!

Posted by Robin Powell on October 9, 2015



It will doubtless barely register on the Richter scale for most investors, but this has been a seismic week for the UK fund industry.

First, two of the country’s biggest asset managers, Schroders and M&G, announced they were leaving the Investment Association, the industry trade body. Then, apparently fearful that other firms would follow, the IA’s board voted to sack its chief executive Daniel Godfrey.

Throughout his three-year tenure, there have been growing concerns among members that Godfrey was too consumer-friendly on issues such as fee transparency. He recently introduced a “statement of principles” in which asset managers were asked to promise to put clients’ interests first; at the last count, only 25 out of more than 200 IA members had signed up.

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More on our top story..

Has your fund manager agreed to put your interests first? Find out here

Situation vacant: A Sir Humphrey for the fund industry


Meanwhile, in other news..

Hedge fund manager throws in the towel and embraces indexing


In case you missed it, last week was Dimensional Week!

DFA 1: The origins of an industry game-changer

DFA 2: The appliance of science

DFA 3: The godfather of modern finance

DFA 4: Painstaking attention to detail

DFA 5: Small changes make a big difference


Here are some reads I’ve enjoyed..

Beware the ulterior motives behind the latest indexing scare story (Larry Swedroe)

Time and again the figures show active managers can’t keep up (Tom Lydon)

List of worst performers dominated by brand-name UK equity funds (Eleanor Lawrie)

Active managers would produce better returns if they didn’t trade (Paul Myners)

Professional forecasters are probably no better at it than you are (Jason Zweig)

Passive investing is a rubbish brand. Let’s call it power investing (Rick Ferri)

Can’t decide on your fee structure? Start with what’s best for your clients (Angie Herbers)


And finally..

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Robin Powell

Robin is a journalist and campaigner for positive change in global investing. He runs Regis Media, a niche provider of content marketing for financial advice firms with an evidence-based investment philosophy. He also works as a consultant to other disruptive firms in the investing sector.


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