Through its role as a leading provider of independent information, both ratings and other assessment and comparative data, AKG regularly appears across trade and national publications. AKG enjoys a particularly high profile with intermediary firms and product providers and other key bodies.
A roundup of appearances is provided here for reference.
Abbie Knight from DISCUS shares the latest video in the DISCUS COFFEE TALKS series where she spoke with Matt Ward, Communications Director at AKG, to gather his thoughts on the subject of DFM due diligence. Read on and watch the video below to hear the AKG view and learn about their suggested four step process for advisers.
Andrew Denham-Davis of Brooks Macdonald considers how the potentially daunting prospect of effective DFM due diligence might best be tackled by advisers and paraplanners. Feature published in Professional Paraplanner and makes reference to AKG’s DFM financial strength assessments.
The requirement for advisers, both those considering partners for the first time or those re-assessing existing partners, to better understand their DFM business partners by carrying out more comprehensive due diligence is evident, backed by a regulatory focus on due diligence processes when selecting solutions and partners. AKG’s Communications Director, Matt Ward, gives his view on how to carry out effective DFM due diligence.
The belief that due diligence on investment products shouldn’t rest solely with advisers has seen Prudential commission two independent research companies to produce some guides to support financial advisers in meeting their research requirements. Focusing on Prudential’s PruFund range of funds; the guides from Defaqto cover Isas, bonds and pensions, while the report produced by AKG looks specifically at structure, investment management and governance capabilities.
The theme of adviser due diligence processes remains a hot topic, particularly in light of the FCA’s paper related to this subject – TR16/1: Assessing suitability: Research and due diligence of products and services – published in February 2016. In this feature Matt Ward from AKG looks at the role of financial strength in the adviser due diligence process for platforms.
Ahead of the new SIPP capital adequacy framework’s arrival in September this year, Matt Ward at AKG examines the implications for providers and advisers alike.
Royal London commissioned AKG to carry out an independent review of the new Royal London Drawdown Governance Service. The AKG review was written for an adviser audience and it assesses the functionality and methodology of the service, as well as looking at the potential merits of the service and the key considerations for advisers seeking to understand the service in more detail. The full AKG report and a report summary are now available on Royal London for advisers.
AKG’s Guy Vanner speaks to Abbie Knight at discus about some of the key considerations for financial advisers when carrying out due diligence on DFMs. A due diligence process underpinned by four core pillars is suggested including the importance of giving some consideration to the profile and financial strength of DFMs.
Prudential has given advisers free access to independent analysis of its With-Profits Fund, undertaken by AKG. Financial advisers seeking independent analysis of the Prudential With-Profits Fund can now download a Prudential extract of AKG’s 2015 UK Life Office With Profits Reports specifically highlighting Prudential's details, including its popular PruFund range of funds, from the company’s adviser website.
Part of a series of features appearing in FT Adviser’s April 2016 Guide to FAMR, this one looks at the role of technology in the future provision of advice and guidance. It includes comments from a range of industry experts, including AKG.
Part of a series of features appearing in FT Adviser’s April 2016 Guide to FAMR, this one looks at the recommendation made within the final FAMR report that the government should explore options to give people access to a small part of their pension funds to pay for financial advice before normal retirement age. It includes comments from a range of industry experts, including AKG.
AKG’s Guy Vanner discusses the evolving SIPP market ahead of the formal introduction of the FCA’s SIPP capital adequacy requirements and the requirement for advisers to carry out robust due diligence processes when considering SIPP business partners in order to ensure positive customer outcomes. The feature also describes AKG’s assessment and financial strength work in this area of the market.
Discussing the implications of Solvency II for international life companies, written by AKG's Guy Vanner
Reference to AKG’s UK Life Office With Profits Reports (assessment of with profits funds) and AKG comment on the amount of with profits business in force.
Coverage from AKG's press release heralding the arrival of our 2015 UK Life Office With Profits Reports and linking to the pension freedoms theme.
Coverage from AKG’s press release heralding the arrival of our 2015 UK Life Office With Profits Reports and linking to the pension freedoms theme.
Money Marketing roundtable discussion about the role of hybrid products and unit linked guarantees in retirement income planning, involving AKG's Head of Communications, Matt Ward, and other industry experts.
Terry Huddart from the lang cat takes a look at platform due diligence from an adviser perspective including the role of platform financial strength in this process and makes reference to AKG financial strength ratings.
Paul Hudson, chief executive at Cirencester Friendly Society, talks to FTAdviser about his time in the courts, growth figures and the mutual's healthy B minus financial strength rating from AKG, all against a backdrop of regulatory upheaval.
A report by AKG entitled Pension Freedoms: Clearing the hurdles to business success in the retirement income market recently revealed advisers are concerned of a reputational risk to the sector as the new environment evolves.