Expertise: Strategy

The Age of the Titans is upon us

There’s been a lot said over the past few years about “rise of the (superannuation) titans”. ‘The Titans’, having now well and truly risen, and with the contributing industry and regulatory conditions generally well understood, we thought it worth a discussion on what comes next.

A future industry structure

Advice propositions today are largely based on providing consumers with comprehensive advice (considering a wide range of the consumer’s financial needs, circumstances and products) on an ongoing basis and consumers have either accepted that or not engaged at all.

A bright future for active ETFs

It has been a tough start to the year for ETFs (and for asset management in general), headline flows into ETFs to H1 CY22 were down ~23% period-on-period, with market volatility testing the nerves of many investors. However, looking beyond the headline numbers, there’s still a lot to play for.

ESG is here to stay

Long an institutional focus, ESG is rapidly gaining ground amongst retail advisers helped by regulatory change but also rising consumer demand and product availability. Managers are responding, but as ever it’s a nuanced market.

Sizing the DB transfer market

The DB transfer market has been a key new source of retail flows in recent years but is under considerable regulatory pressure. Although run rates are well off their peak, underlying dynamics mean that DB transfers should continue to play an important role in new flows.

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