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Investment platforms: is the slowdown here to stay?

Investment platforms: is the slowdown here to stay?

Platform providers had been in a comfortable position until last summer. The shift from defined-benefit (DB) to defined-contribution (DC) pension schemes and the growing trend towards self-directed investment has propelled funds into online investment platforms in recent years. But the threat of a regulatory clampdown on exit fees charged to customers wanting to pull their cash, together with a downturn in equity markets, has now cast a pall over the industry.

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