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Today – ironically on April Fools’ Day! – Research in Finance is officially three years old. The team celebrated a little prematurely before the Easter break with masses of blue cake that inevitably dyed everything it touched our signature colour…!
It’s been a fantastic year for us at RiF. Here are just a few of the reasons why…
The scope of our research and expertise has grown apace. We launched our first major institutional study (UKIMS), which provides insight into the workings of the pensions market from influential insiders. Our investment trust study is now in full swing – we hope it will be invaluable to providers wanting a more detailed picture of their customers, and how they and peers are perceived in the market. And looking to the Continent, we have built on our capabilities to canvass fund buyers outside of the UK.
To support this expanding scope, we have worked hard to maintain and grow our research panels. The level of engagement from our research panellists is heartening – thousands of private investors, advisers, DFMs, pension managers, consultants and trustees have taken the time to complete surveys thoughtfully and speak to us with consideration and candour.
The team itself continues to strengthen in number, with Sven Radcke joining us as a Senior Analyst in March. Sven is a bonafide data whizz, bilinguist, keen rower and Dortmund supporter (but don’t hold that against him!). Welcome, Sven!
On the publishing front Professional Paraplanner continues to thrive with magazine, website and the ever expanding Technical Insight Seminar event programme being a great source of pride for us at RiF. Paraplanners play a crucial role in the advice process nowadays and product providers are increasingly recognising this.
We have big plans to build on these successes in the year to come, so watch this space. For now, we’d like to sign off with a big thank you to our supporters and research panellists.