Edinburgh, 3 December 2019 – IC Select service to empower trustees ahead of CMA Orders December 10 deadline
IC Select, the investment advisory specialists, has launched a new service that will for the first time allow trustees to measure the success of their investment advisors.
DB trustee boards are not lazy or stupid, but for too long they have been starved of the necessary information and insights to make effective investment decisions...
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This is the third in a series of short notes that explain how the IC Select Fiduciary Performance Management (FM) Standard works and how trustees can benefit from the information. This note explains why return relative to liabilities was chosen as the performance basis for the fiduciary manager performance standard.
It was essential that the performance measurement methodology used for the standard had two key attributes. Firstly, it had to measure performance according to what is most important to trustees and, secondly, the results for each fund had to be capable of being combined together into groups of funds, to give an overall impression of how the fiduciary manager was doing, and to avoid cherry picking by managers of the best track record.
This is the second in a series of short notes to be published over the next few weeks that explain how the IC Select Fiduciary Performance Management (FM) Standard works and how trustees can benefit from the information.
The IC Select Fiduciary Management Performance Standard was, as the name suggests, initially designed and developed by advisory firm IC Select.
Soon after the creation of the standard, a decision had to be taken as to whether this intellectual property should be exploited by IC Select to provide it with a competitive advantage in the selection and oversight of fiduciary managers - or whether it should it be developed as an industry standard.
This is the first in a series of short notes to be published over the next few weeks that explain how the IC Select Fiduciary Management Standard works and how trustees can benefit from the information. This note focuses on the background to the Standard. Subsequent notes will cover:
- Aligning the Standard with Trustees’ needs
- How performance is calculated
- Making sense of the composites and what to focus on
- Understanding the standardised performance information
- The impact of different methodologies for calculating liability benchmarks
- Full and hedge adjusted liability benchmarks
The FCA and CMA have highlighted that trustees are not receiving the necessary information to allow them to assess performance and judge value for money when selecting fiduciary managers. This is one of the areas that is currently being looked at in detail as part of the CMA’s Investment Consultants Market Investigation which will report its finding in July 2018.
These issues with fiduciary management performance are not new and have been widely discussed in recent years.