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Crucial we have an investment market that works efficiently and transparently

18 July 2018

The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has today released its provisional decision report, as part of its Investment Consultants Market Investigation.

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) is supportive of this work given our members’ concerns around potential misalignment of interests in the sector, and also the need for savers to have an investment chain that works in their best interests. In order to achieve this, the system must work efficiently and be transparent.

Caroline Escott, Policy Lead: Investment & Defined Benefit, PLSA, said: 

“With millions reliant on pensions to fund their retirement, it’s crucial we have an investment market that works efficiently and transparently, and serves the interests of both pension schemes and savers. This investigation is an important step in helping pension trustees recognise when their investment consultants and fiduciary managers are performing well, as well as understanding what actions to take when they are not.  

“We are pleased the CMA has focused on improving information around fees and investment performance, and we also support moves to improve the tendering process through greater guidance and ensuring schemes have to run an initial tender for fiduciary management services. One of our members’ main concerns about this market is the potential conflict of interest when investment consultant firms steer their pension schemes clients to their in-house fiduciary management services. Given the CMA's findings in this area, we therefore welcome broadening the Financial Conduct Authority’s oversight of investment consultants.”

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