AKG in the News

Through its role as a leading provider of independent information, both ratings and other assessment and comparative data, AKG regularly appears across trade and national publications. AKG enjoys a particularly high profile with intermediary firms and product providers and other key bodies.

A roundup of appearances is provided here for reference.

Including the right ingredients

Matt Ward, Communications Director at AKG, looks at the requirement for carrying out due diligence exercises when selecting (or retaining) DFM partners, suggests an overarching framework which can be used by intermediary firms to support this type of work and discusses why it’s important to contextualise and review such exercises.

DFM Bulletin, Summer 2020 - RSMR - 01 Jul 2020

Lang cat Platform Analyser adds AKG ratings

The lang cat Platform Analyser now includes AKG ratings as part of the due diligence tool for advisers.

Professional Paraplanner - 14 Jun 2020

The lang cats adds AKG ratings to platform due diligence tool

Following feedback from advisers, consultancy the lang cat has added AKG financial strength ratings to Platform Analyser, its interactive online tool and insight service.

Professional Adviser - 09 Jun 2020

Lang cat adds AKG ratings

The lang cat financial data provider has added AKG's financial strength ratings to its interactive online platform analysing tool.

Financial Planning Today - 09 Jun 2020

The lang cat adds AKG ratings to Platform Analyser

The lang cat has added AKG financial strength ratings to its interactive online tool and insight service, Platform Analyser.

MoneyAge - 09 Jun 2020

Adviser Perspectives, Equity Release

Inside your mind - Richard Eagling outlines the findings on a new AKG report that explores the latest adviser thinking about equity release (republished with the kind permission of Moneyfacts).

Moneyfacts, Investment Life & Pensions – March 2020 - 02 Mar 2020

Later Life Lender Launches Advice Support Manifesto Alongside AKG Report

An AKG research paper, funded by the later life lender to gain an insight into the support required by advisers, found that over two thirds (67%) of advisers believe being able to offer a wider range of services to clients is the key advantage of advising on equity release.

Professional Paraplanner - 16 Feb 2020

Less than quarter of advisers mention equity release to clients over 55

Just 23 per cent of mortgage advisers routinely mention equity release to their clients who are aged 55 and over, research by AKG commissioned by More 2 Life has found.

Mortgage Solutions - 14 Feb 2020

More2life releases new manifesto

In an AKG report funded by more2life, it shows that 67% of advisers surveyed believe being able to offer a wider range of services to clients is the key advantage of advising on equity release.

Mortgage Introducer - 14 Feb 2020

More 2 Life launches later life manifesto

More 2 Life has sponsored a new AKG research paper, ‘House of the rising sum – exploring equity release opportunities’, Within the report, AKG, the independent financial analyst, predicts continued growth for the equity release market and highlights differing perceptions among advisers about offering equity release to clients.

Best Advice - 14 Feb 2020

55% of advisers expect their equity release business to grow over next 3 years

According to AKG’s industry research paper, sponsored by lender more2life, House of the rising sum – exploring equity release opportunities, the flexibility from drawdown products which enable customers to manage their property wealth is rated the most important by 68% of advisers while 72% say the ‘no negative equity guarantee’ on plans is the most attractive.

MoneyAge - 14 Feb 2020

Equity release customers ‘value repayments and drawdown’ most

The ability to make interest payments and capital repayments are becoming increasingly important for equity release customers as products develop, according to adviser research from AKG.

Introducer Today - 14 Feb 2020

more2life launches new commitment to later life advisers

more2life has sponsored a new AKG research paper which predicts continued growth for the equity release market and highlights differing perceptions among advisers about offering equity release to clients.

Financial Reporter - 14 Feb 2020

Equity release customers value repayments and drawdown

AKG’s industry research paper, sponsored by equity release lender more2life, ‘House of the rising sum – exploring equity release opportunities’ predicts steady growth for equity release but highlighted lingering concerns about risk management and a need to support vulnerable customers.

Mortgage Finance Gazette - 14 Feb 2020

MiFID II: A Work in Progress

AKG’s Matt Ward examines how advisers are coping with MiFID II and the impact on their businesses (republished with the kind permission of the Personal Finance Society).

Personal Finance Professional, Autumn 2019 - 30 Sep 2019

The headaches of implementing MiFID II (have they been worth it?)

In conversations with advisers and providers alike, it’s clear that the biggest challenge they’ve had to overcome in recent years has been ‘the implementation of MiFID II’. That’s why I was interested to read recent research from our friends at AKG, capturing the views of stakeholders across the market – advisers, platforms and discretionary managers – on MiFID II and its effectiveness.

Discretionary Investment Services Coming Under Scrutiny (DISCUS) - 18 Jul 2019

Report says MIFID II is impacting on wealth managers and platform providers’ businesses

Financial advisers believe wealth managers and platform providers will start to lose business as MIFID II reporting standards make clients more aware of costs and charges, according to a new research paper from analysts AKG, sponsored by wealth management and financial planning firm Netwealth.

Wealth Adviser - 03 Jul 2019

Financial advisers unimpressed with MiFID II

Industry says it’s failed to deliver on objectives to improve integrity, fairness and efficiency

Portfolio Adviser - 02 Jul 2019

MiFID II Costs and Charges Spotlight Could See Platforms Lose Business

Wealth managers and platform providers could start to lose business as the stringent MiFID II requirements turn the spotlight on costs and charges, a new research paper from analysts AKG and financial planning firm Netwealth has revealed.

Professional Paraplanner - 29 Jun 2019

MiFID II impact could be worse than expected, study finds

The impacts of MiFID II could be worse than previously expected according to new research. Financial advisers believe that wealth managers and platform providers will start to lose business as clients become more aware of costs and charges following the introduction of MiFID II reporting standards, a new research paper – MiFID II Implementation – A Work in Progress – from analysts AKG showed.

Financial Planning Today - 28 Jun 2019

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