“I am confident that we will see, even in this six monthly period, a significant increase in the assets held in Managed Account services. The current level of FUM and the growth, if it eventuates, will prove how significant this service is for the advice profession.”
“In the study last year we showed that Managed Accounts were offered in a number of ways – about 1/3rd Managed Discretionary Accounts, about 1/3rd SMAs / managed investment schemes, and the balance in a variety of other legal structures such as IDPS-Like or IDPS services. Recent product launches have been principally in the SMA style so it will be interesting to see how the relative usage has evolved.”
IMAP will be completing the FUM Census through February for release in March. Potter said “In the last study we were thorough in our coverage of institutions and companies which offered Managed Account services to IFAs. In this study, we are extending the survey to the 190 licensees whose AFSL authorizes them to be an MDA Provider in their own right. Their participation will be a valuable extension of the study.”
To better meet the needs of MDA Providers, IMAP is also creating an MDA Providers Forum which will provide these organisations an opportunity to have a collective voice in matters such as regulation, professional indemnity insurance, investment management, and development of adviser expertise. The mandate for the MDA Providers’ Forum is currently being developed by IMAP with a group of MDA Providers and invitations to participate are expected to be released in February.