Thinktank: 80% of fund management industry is redundant

Comments from Centre for Policy Studies

Anna Fedorova
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Thinktank: 80% of fund management industry is redundant

In response to the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA's) Asset Management Market Study, Michael Johnson at the thinktank Centre for Policy Studies has said some 80% of the active investment industry is unnecessary, calling for pension schemes to embrace passive investing.

Commenting on the report, Johnson (pictured) said the consequences of the study for the asset management industry are "potentially devastating, but radical surgery is long overdue". He pointed to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, which reveals a fall of the UK's pension funds in the global rankings. He also noted British pension funds have the weakest funding in Europe, as well as the highest proportion of company schemes (38%) which are flagged as the weakest 20% of the industry peer group. Johnson said: "Simplification is the key. In respect of listed assets, over any me...

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