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UKIMS 2018 Report

The UK Institutional Market Study (UKIMS) was launched in 2015 to provide a deeper understanding of trends in pension fund investments and how investment houses can effectively communicate, influence and engage with this audience. The project is a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research, which takes place over a 12-month period, matching the pace and dynamics of the market. With each wave of UKIMS, Research in Finance (RiF) looks to provide cutting-edge insight on the topics most relevant to institutional investors.

UKIMS: The 2018 Report takes the findings from the third wave of the research and expands on these, supplementing with additional analysis and commentary from industry figures. On that note, we would like to thank the following individuals for contributing their time and insight to the project:

• Richard Butcher, Managing Director of PTL Trustees
• Patrick Connolly, Head of Communications at Chase de Vere
• Caroline Escott, Policy Lead: Investment and DB at the PLSA
• Phil Farrell, Partner at Quantum Advisory
• Jon Hatchett, Partner at Hymans Robertson
• Christopher Inman, Investment Principal at Aon
• Patrick McCoy, Head of Investment at Xafinity Punter Southall
• Kenny Nicoll, Director at Redington
• John Simmonds, Principal at CEM Benchmarking
• Cliff Speed, Chief Investment Officer at The Pensions Trust
• Danny Vasiiliades, Managing Director of Xafinity Punter Southall
• Dean Wetton, Managing Director of Dean Wetton Advisory

For more information please email us – info@researchinfinance.co.uk

The Wealth Managers Review


The Wealth Managers Review – Out Now

A comprehensive review of the practices and preferences of DFMs and wealth managers in the UK today

Published in October 2017, Research in Finance’s new Wealth Managers Review is designed specifically to help sales, distribution and marketing personnel at asset management companies operate more effectively. As the wealth management landscape evolves, it is crucially important to take stock and adapt. Asset managers need to be able to understand how the different types of firm work, where they are headed, where the investment decision-making power lies and how to offer decision makers the right kind of contact and support.

The Wealth Managers Review combines top-down quantitative research on trends and preferences with bottom-up qualitative and secondary research on individual leading firms, to provide a comprehensive view of this market.

The report answers important questions, including:

• What investment propositions do these firms offer and where are the bulk of assets going
• Who is making the fund selection decisions within firms?
• How is decision making split between central and regional offices?
• How actively do they review and change up portfolios?
• What are DFM firms’ business aspirations? How much appetite is there for further M&A activity?
• What are the most effective means of asset manager communication, and how does this vary by job function?
• Who are the best business development managers/sales contacts and what are they doing right?

Research in Finance is uniquely placed to produce such a report. With over 55 years’ cumulative experience across the wholesale, institutional and private investor markets, we believe our understanding makes us an invaluable partner with any business working in the sector. We speak to DFMs and wealth managers regularly across an array of topic areas, building strong relationships with influential individuals at key firms.

In addition to report copies, subscribing firms will receive a supporting PowerPoint summary document.

For more information and pricing, please contact tobyfindencrofts@researchinfinance.co.uk or richardley@researchinfinance.co.uk.

Hear why WMR is an indispensable tool for UK fund managers marketing and distribution teams from our Founder Director Toby Finden-Crofts

Technical Insight Seminars expand to cover even more regions for 2017

We are delighted to announce that in 2017 we’ll be taking the Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminars to even more locations. Expanding on the success of the 2016 series, we are planning to take the event to Edinburgh and Birmingham, along with our usual London, Bristol and Manchester venues.



For more details about our series please click the link: professional-paraplanner-technical-insight-seminar-series-event-pack-2017i

Also, we are currently working on the first industry awards which aim to recognise excellence in the sector, by both paraplanners and service providers. It promises to be not only a very exciting and busy year, but for some very rewarding!

The Professional Paraplanner – Technical Insight Seminars 2017

We are delighted to announce that in 2017 we’ll be taking the Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminars to even more locations. Expanding on the success of the 2016 series, we are also planning to take the event to Edinburgh and Birmingham, along with usual London, Bristol and Manchester venues. For more details check the Professional Paraplanner website. www.professionalparaplanner.co.uk

UKITS (UK Investment Trust Study)


Research in Finance is launching UKITS (UK Investment Trust Study). UKITS will be a bi-annual research study to give investment trust providers and their boards a review of market trends, sentiment, brand awareness, attitudes, and appetite within the UK. The study will offer invaluable and unique insight into how the market is developing, the impact of marketing and sales, peer group analysis and potential opportunities.

The study will be conducted with the support of key asset managers active in running Investment Trusts.


To help UK based asset managers and investment trust boards understand the changing attitudes to investment trusts, brand resonance, product awareness, sales and media coverage.

The research would be split into two parts one focussed on the Discretionary and Wealth Manager market, the other on the private investor. It is felt that these areas are the most important to the asset managers.

It would be possible to consider a third segment – or to add the Investment Advisory element to the study if the consensus was that it was of interest.

We suggest running each piece independently at 6 monthly intervals launching in Q1 2016.

For further information email info@researchinfinance.co.uk.

UK Institutional Market Study (UKIMS) launch

Research in Finance has launched a study designed to gain a deeper understanding of the UK Institutional market called the UK Institutional Market Study or UKIMS. Arguably a sector which is consistently going through change and development, this piece of work aims to place a marker in the sand to define the situation today and into the future. The project is designed to give specific insight into the way each segment of the industry communicates, understanding on company/product sentiment, highlight pain points and give analysis on how the sector is expected to change.

Some of the broad key objectives include:

  • Provide a deeper understanding of the market’s media consumption split by platform (print, mobile, web etc.) and segments.
  • Give insight into the most effective communication strategies including social media and use of “communities”.
  • Analysis of the market pain points and areas for improvement.
  • Provide insight on awareness about brand and product sentiment, along with an understanding of future trends.
  • Define the concerns of the market strategically over the long term.
  • Gain understanding of the major industry concerns and issues presently and over the next 3,5 and 10 years.

For more details or how to get involved contact: Annalisetoberman@researchinfinance.co.uk

Wealth Manager, Private Investor and Investment Adviser panels

Over the past 2 years RiF has created panels of different types influential groups: including UK intermediaries (investment advisers and wealth managers), private investors and consumers. These panels give us the capability to deliver at efficient, relevant and effective market insights.

UK Institutional Market Study (UKIMS)

The UK institutional market is complex and made up of many layers. In July 2015 Research in Finance is launching the UK Institutional Market Study or UKIMS. It’s designed to gain a deeper understanding of the market and how asset managers can effectively communicate and engage with this audience.


Key Objectives

In terms of the insight it delivers, this project has the following primary objectives:


  • Provide a deeper understanding of the market’s media consumption split by platform (print, mobile, web etc.) and segments.
  • Gather the market’s perception of supporting members and key competitors and leaders in each sector.
  • Give insight into the most effective communication strategies with examples of excellence, including social media and use of “communities”.
  • Provide deeper awareness of brand and product sentiment, along with an understanding of future investment trends/product appetite.
  • Define the concerns of the market strategically over the long term. Determine what their goals are from particular asset classes and trends and how affecting their thinking.
  • Insight into the profile of the key decision makers/influencers within the various segments that make up the institutional market.
  • Insight into the quality and effectiveness of relationship managers from the member firms. Which groups are setting the standard and how do they go about it (eg frequency, quality and responsiveness).
  • Gain an understanding of how database systems are used as part of the decision making process – do they use, how, what are key thinkers looking for from data, how the information is used.
  • Deliver a proactive and actionable set of results which can be implemented in supporting members’ marketing and communications strategy.

Professional Paraplanner Launch Image

Research in Finance Limited (RiF) a leading research, media and marketing business is delighted to announce the launch of Professional Paraplanner. Following 12 months of research, data acquisition and content development we believe this is the only publication dedicated to Paraplanners and Financial Technicians.

As the adviser market has become fragmented, post RDR, the role of the paraplanner has become more and more important. Their involvement in creating investment solutions to suit the client’s needs and attitude to risk is undeniable. RiF has carried out a detailed and comprehensive review of the sector – identifying the individuals, the key drivers, growth areas, market dynamics and processes followed by these key influencers. Also areas product providers could cover to engage and inspire the market.

To discuss the opportunities surrounding this exciting launch or to access our proprietary research contact us.



RiF Trade Media Tracker

  • Historic analysis of all the UK intermediary trade press both monthlies and weeklies.
  • All advertising and press articles logged.
  • All press mentions categorised into positive, neutral and negative.
  • Split by IMA sector, fund and company.
  • Bench marked against peer groups, funds, IMA sectors and performance


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