Type: Client Alerts
In 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) first used its concurrent competition powers by referring the asset management market to the CMA. Although investment consultancy and fiduciary management is a relatively small market (revenue of approx. £558 million in 2016), the market influences pension scheme assets worth more than £1.6 trillion. The impact on consumers of competition enforcement is a key benchmark for the CMA..
The CMA’s provisional decision on the FCA’s reference identifies a number of competition concerns, including:
- a lack of engagement among pension-scheme trustees
- a lack of transparency and information from service providers
- high levels of concentration and vertically integrated business models that create conflicts of interest between investment consultancy and fiduciary management services.