Read our latest press releases covering IA and industry news, developments and events.

Press release
09
Jan
2019

IA secures rapid FinTech membership growth as applications open for second Velocity cohort

Wednesday 09 January 2019The Investment Association (IA) has today opened applications as it seeks its second cohort of cutting-edge FinTech innovators for Velocity, the IA’s specialist FinTech accelerator and innovation hub for the asset management industry.Since the launch of Velocity and the creation of the IA’s FinTech membership category, the IA has seen more than 70 FinTech firms join
Press release
07
Dec
2018

IA launches Think Investments to open doors for young people in asset management

Friday 7 December 2018The Investment Association (IA), the trade body that represents asset managers, has launched Think Investments, the latest initiative from Investment20/20 which will enable young people from diverse backgrounds to access career opportunities within the asset management industry. Investment20/20 has selected 65 state-educated students through the charity Career Ready to take
Press release
06
Dec
2018

Bonds fall out of favour as savers pull £1.7bn from Fixed Income funds

Thursday 6 December 2018The Investment Association’s monthly statistics of UK investor behaviour in October 2018 show:Net retail sales were negative in October, with £2.1 billion of outflows from UK authorised and recognised funds, and funds under management totalling £1.2 trillion.Fixed Income experienced net retail outflows of £1.7 billion. Global was the best-selling sector with net retail
Press release
05
Dec
2018

IA writes to FTSE ‘repeat offenders’ warning of investor revolts

Thursday 5 December 2018The Investment Association (IA) has today written to 32 companies in the FTSE All-Share who have appeared on the Public Register for the last 2 years. The letter expresses concern that these companies are on the Public Register for the exact same resolution in 2017 and 2018, suggesting that they did not respond sufficiently to investor views and in doing so are risking more
Press release
30
Nov
2018

IA launches consultation on inclusion of ETFs in the sectors

Friday 30 November 2018


In recognition of the growing number of exchange traded funds (ETFs), The Investment Association (IA) has today opened a consultation on their proposed inclusion in the IA fund sectors. The IA’s 37 fund sectors enable savers and their advisers to easily compare open ended funds by dividing them into groups of similar funds based on factors such as asset class,
Press release
22
Nov
2018

New study shows gender diversity driving investor voting decisions

Thursday 22 November 2018Stewardship and investor engagement is helping to drive better returns for savers and investors, as the latest Stewardship Survey from the Investment Association (IA) shows that asset managers are regularly engaging with companies across a broad range of issues, such as executive pay, company strategy and financial performance. The survey also gives the first meaningful
Press release
22
Nov
2018

High pay under fire in toughened investor rules

Thursday 22 November 2018The Investment Association (IA) has today published updated executive pay guidelines in light of investor concerns that companies are not listening or responding to shareholders over pay. These ‘Principles of Remuneration’ are being launched at the IA Stewardship and Corporate Governance conference, which brings together top executives, regulators and policy-makers to
Press release
06
Nov
2018

Investment Association calls for increased transparency in the fixed income market

Tuesday 6th November
The Investment Association (IA) is calling for increased transparency in the fixed income market by proposing measures to increase the availability of data on bond trades in a paper published today, ‘Fixed Income Best Execution: Not Just a Number’.
The lack of data has increasingly come under the spotlight, as under MiFID II asset managers are now required to demonstrate
Press release
01
Nov
2018

Savers diversify with continued inflows into mixed asset & global equity funds

Thursday 1 November 2018The Investment Association’s monthly statistics of UK investor behaviour in September 2018 show:Net retail sales were positive in September, with £642 million of inflows from UK authorised and recognised funds, and funds under management totalling £1.3 trillion.Europe and UK equity funds continued to experience net retail outflows of £58 million and £329 million,
Press release
30
Oct
2018

Audit sector may be 'too big to fail' - Investment Association

The Investment Association has responded to the Competition and Markets Authority consultation on the Statutory Audit Market, highlighting that the lack of competition in the sector may hinder regulators and effectively make the industry ‘too big to fail.’ Liz Murrall, Director of Stewardship and Reporting at The Investment Association, said:“Investors rely on the quality and robustness of