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Published on : Feb 17, 2017

ALBANY, NY, Feb 17, 2017: The research study presents insights into the U.K. independent financial advisors (IFA) market on the basis of different surveys that have been conducted in the last few years. The study is expected to help the independent financial advisers operating across the U.K. regarding how to stay competitive in the next few years. It also talks about a wide range of investment product and platform features that are anticipated to benefit independent financial advisers in the near future.

Furthermore, the research report examines the role of independent financial advisers in terms of financial services that they offer to their customers. The market developments and the changing landscape of the U.K. market have been discussed at length in the scope of the research report. In addition, the research study helps in analyzing the most vital features of independent financial advisers while selecting different platforms. It identifies the norms for the selection of pension fund providers. Companies that provide the most attractive platform packages have also been included in the scope of the research report.

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Independent financial advisors are considered as a major distribution network for a large number investors that are operating in the UK. Product managers are expected to understand the criteria advisers and priorities while selection of their investment platforms and partners, especially with the rising tendency to deal with discretionary fund managers. According to different surveys that have been conducted to the study the growth prospects of the independent financial advisers market, a large number of advisers in the U.K. make use of one or several platforms in order to manage their client’s assets. The study helps in understanding why a specific platform has been used across different available platforms.

According to the research study, the U.K. fund platform is expected to witness a high level of growth in the market share of offering the advisers as well as direct investors with access to a wide range of products. In 2015, these platforms held a share of 52% of the overall industry gross retail sales. The robust growth and attractiveness of products can be attributed to the quality and cost of administrative and reporting functions. Apart from these two features, the investment fund range is also considered as an important aspect for independent financial advisers.

As per the research study, around 91% of independent financial advisers make use of platforms, with most of them relying on more than one platforms. Some of the most used platforms in the U.K. market are Fidelity Funds Network, Old Mutual, and Aviva.

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