Unveiling the Platforum Onion

Holly25th May 2012

What a busy week! We published our quarterly adviser platform research and included a special feature on the growing Institutional platform market as well as an Investments special. Hard copies will go out to our beloved subscribers on Monday – we hope you like it.

We also unveiled our Platforum Onion at the PFS conference which we proudly share with you here. We hope it's a useful illustration of the complexities of the platform market, the differences between platform technologies and platform propositions, and why we think those who predict there will be 5 platforms in a few years are bonkers. With more than 70 platforms across the board today, we'll leave you to digest the onion over the weekend. This is illustrative so please don’t get let it bring you to tears if your platform has not been included – there are only so many cloves you can squeeze into an onion!

A final big thank you to Ascentric who gave us a tour of their offices yesterday. I always like sticking my nose into the post room of a platform business – gives you a feel of how a place operates and Gerry's post room was a good 'un! It's great to see how the platform has grown and built some scale since launch nearly 6 years ago.

Have a great weekend all. No sunshine for me. After four and a half years of adding to Pampers' evil coffers, we're potty training little Bee so it's bribery and cajoling in the downstairs toilet. For those of you blokes who will be outside, please resist the urge to grab an oily machine from a shed, make noise and filthy smoke and pretend to be in a B-grade sci-fi film. Sit down, grab a beer and remember that shabby chic applies to gardens too.

Holly


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