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Article | 15 March 2019 | press releases
“2018 was a tough year for asset managers, financial advisers and their clients. After strong market returns the previous year, 2018 saw falls across nearly every asset class. In the UK we have also had to face the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit. Against this backdrop we are pleased to have continued to receive positive inflows into both our UK and broader global businesses.
“The market turbulence last year showed the potential benefit of a multi-asset and volatility managed approach and demand remains high for this investment option among advisers. Overall our cautious approach to asset allocation and an explicit quality bias in fund selection combined to deliver robust relative performance during the past year despite the difficulties faced in markets**.
“Although we have seen markets recover strongly since the start of the year we expect 2019 to remain a tough environment for investors with concerns such as Brexit for the UK and Europe, as well as ongoing trade tensions between the US and China. In this environment it is vital for us to stay as close as possible to our clients and ensure we communicate with them in a clear and concise manner.”
The value of investments can fall as well as rise. Clients could get back less than they invest. Past performance is not a reliable guide to future performance.
* Includes assets under management and under advice and net new money for all Architas businesses as well as variable annuity assets that we provide hedging services on. The Architas businesses include Architas Limited, Architas Advisory Services Limited and Architas Multi-Manager Limited in the UK, Architas Multi-Manager Europe Limited based in Dublin, Architas France, Architas Belgium and Architas Solutions.
**Architas was placed second by FE in terms of fund groups receiving the 5 FE Crown Ratings. Architas has more than doubled its number of 5 FE Crown Rated funds from six to 13 since the last bi-annual assessment. For more detail about the FE Crown Ratings please visit their website: http://blog.financialexpress.net/research-news/shake-up-of-top-groups-in-latest-fe-crown-ratings-rebalance