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

Press release
30
Nov
2018

IA launches consultation on inclusion of ETFs in the sectors

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

Stewardship 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

The 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

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

The 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
Press release
26
Oct
2018

Investment20/20 expands to universities in push for diverse talent

Investment20/20, part of the Investment Association (IA), the trade body that represents asset managers, has expanded its university careers fairs and outreach programme, to more than 20 universities nationwide to attract talent from diverse backgrounds to the industry. Investment20/20 aims to attract young people from all walks of life into the investment management
Press release
09
Oct
2018

IA reveals first cohort of FinTech firms at official launch of Velocity accelerator

The Investment Association (IA) has unveiled at its launch event held on Tuesday evening the first cohort of FinTech firms which will be joining Velocity, the IA’s specialist FinTech accelerator for the asset management industry. The following five leading FinTech firms have been selected due to their innovative solutions which aim to enhance customer experience and
Press release
04
Oct
2018

Net retail outflows as investors react to Brexit uncertainty

The Investment Association’s monthly statistics of UK investor behaviour in August 2018 show:Net retail sales were negative in August, with £217 million of outflows from UK authorised and recognised funds.Europe and UK equity funds experienced net retail outflows of £303 million and £429 million respectively. North America equity funds experienced net retail inflows of
Press release
02
Oct
2018

Investment Association calls for consumer focused approach to reform PRIIPs regulation

The Investment Association (IA), the trade body that represents UK asset managers, outlines its solutions to the flaws of the Packaged Retail Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) regulation, in particular the methodology for calculating transaction costs. The IA is wholly supportive of the principle behind PRIIPs: to provide savers and investors greater transparency