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Investment platform market to consolidate as fees start to fall

Typical platform will need £40bn of assets under management to break even as margins decline

1 July 2013

Increased competition and reduced margins will force investment platforms to consolidate, according to Deloitte.

Andrew Power, lead RDR partner at Deloitte, said:

“The value of assets held on platforms is estimated to grow from about £200bn today to £600bn by 2018. This growth will be driven by continued demand from advisers who see platforms as an essential part of their RDR-compliant, fee-based business models.

“However, one consequence of the RDR is that margins will be squeezed with revenues for platforms likely to fall from about 30bps to 20bps. For a platform provider, this could increase the breakeven point from around £20bn of assets to about £40bn. The result will be that the intermediary platform market will consolidate to fewer than 10 large providers and a few specialists compared to about 30 platforms today.”

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