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AJ Bell launches low-cost Managed Portfolio Service for financial advisers


Investment platform AJ Bell has launched a Managed Portfolio Service (MPS) with an annual management charge of 0.25 per cent, plus VAT. 

The MPS is aligned with the existing risk profiling tools used by advisers, enabling them to offer their clients a risk-targeted investment solution while helping to reduce the regulatory burden attached to portfolio management.
There are five portfolios that target specific levels of risk, each of which have been mapped to the risk profiling tools from Distribution Technology and Finametrica so advisers can easily incorporate them into their existing advice processes.
The portfolios will be run by AJ Bell Investments, the new investment management business that was created earlier this year. They are broadly diversified across asset classes and regions and will be rebalanced quarterly to ensure they remain aligned with their risk targets.
There is an annual investment management charge for the MPS of 0.25 per cent plus VAT. The portfolios are constructed from passive funds to keep total costs low, giving an ongoing charge figure for the constituents of each portfolio ranging from 0.18 per cent to 0.22 per cent. This means the total cost for the complete investment solution is between 0.48 per cent and 0.52 per cent.
The MPS makes it easy for advisers to offer their clients a comprehensive portfolio service without having to manage it themselves, leaving them free to focus on their core financial planning advice. It also helps them meet their regulatory obligation of ensuring the portfolios meet the needs of their clients.
Billy Mackay, marketing director at AJ Bell, says: “Advisers’ use of portfolio services has been on the increase since the RDR but the costs and transparency of traditional services have not kept pace with the direction of travel in the market. Our focus has been to build a managed portfolio service that is easy to understand for both advisers and their clients, fits into the existing business processes of advisers and offers their clients a competitive deal.”

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