In this, the second of our series on FCA Assessment of Value, we consider whether the FCA Assessment of Value process will lead to real change in product governance processes for the benefit of investors, or if firms will use this merely as a “tickbox” exercise to satisfy a regulatory requirement.
Performance of the FCA Assessment of Value process will be a significant challenge for firms. Bringing all data together in an efficient and meaningful way will be key to the success of the FCA assessment of value process.
Closet trackers, also known as closet indexing or index hugging, refers to the practice of fund managers claiming to manage portfolios actively when in reality the fund stays close to a benchmark. The issues around ‘closet trackers’ form part of a broader issue on the effectiveness of investor disclosure and the legitimate expectations of investors in respect of the service provided by some asset managers.