I suspect that you have heard the expression “look after the pennies and the pounds look after themselves”. Well, a small win this week in that your investment costs will have reduced for clients using our portfolios. One of the fund management groups that we use (Vanguard) decided to reduce their annual management charges. Its not a massive reduction when taken in the context of a larger portfolio of funds, but every little helps. The reduced charges have been applied already.
We have also been reviewing our ESG portfolios. I was challenged the other day by suggesting that clients be opted into ESG portfolios with the option of opting out rather than being asked if they would like to opt in. I can see some merit in this, but it seems somewhat problematic when you consider that ESG portfolios are generally a little more expensive.