DFM financial strength matters: 5 years of AKG ratings/reports


We are delighted to have now reached the fifth anniversary of the launch of our DFM financial strength ratings and reports. This builds nicely on the strong and longstanding footprint already established by AKG across our other sectors and serves to underline to both DFMs and intermediary firms that AKG is here to stay when it comes to our DFM assessment work.

Although there are many ratings in the DFM space, AKG’s focus delivers a unique component. Our core focus is operational financial strength and in this AKG takes a specific and distinct perspective – that of the customer with our independent ratings and reports designed and delivered solely for use by financial advisers, financial planners, wealth managers and paraplanners.

Intermediary firms have a growing awareness of the requirement for them to carry out robust and recordable research and due diligence exercises when validating the selection and/or retention of their key business partners, whether these be DFMs, platforms or pension/protection providers for example. And AKG’s assessment work and rating/report output ensures that intermediary firms are able to factor in and give due consideration to the financial strength of DFMs within said research and due diligence processes.

The following DFMs are currently assessed by AKG:
Aberdeen Standard Capital; Brewin Dolphin; Brooks Macdonald; Canaccord Genuity Wealth; Cazenove Capital; Charles Stanley; Close Brothers Asset Management; Investec Wealth & Investment; James Hambro & Partners; LGT Vestra; Morningstar; Octopus Investments; Parmenion; Quilter Cheviot; Rathbone Investment Management; Seven Investment Management; Smith & Williamson; Tatton Asset Management; Tilney.

AKG’s financial strength ratings for all of these DFMs can be viewed directly via access to AKG’s Rating Portal. Please register here for the portal if you haven’t yet had the chance to do so. AKG’s ratings are also made available via some of our distribution agreements with third party research partners.

Should you wish to purchase AKG’s DFM financial strength assessment reports this can be done on an individual or bulk basis via the Purchase page. Some of the DFMs may have distribution rights to their AKG rating/report output and be in a position to make these available to you directly.

During the remainder of 2021 and into 2022 we will continue to appraise our DFM coverage and seek to add in further DFMs where we see or hear of demand. This may come from contact with intermediary firms, third party research partners or directly from DFMs, or a combination of all three. Please do let us know if there is a DFM that you would like to see assessed by AKG in future.

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