Wednesday, 11 August 2021 18:16

Fidelity’s New Model Portfolio Push

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Fidelity is making a renewed push into model portfolios. After launching its first model portfolios in 2018, the firm has realized that RIAs and BDs want different types of models. RIAs use models to a great degree, but don’t tend to put a whole lot of assets in them. Fidelity realized it needed to optimize its approach. According to Suzanne Daly, Fidelity’s VP of model portfolio distribution, “RIA growth is really accelerating, and in a different manner [than IBDs] … [They are] looking to blend equity and fixed income models to build a more personalized fully asset allocated unified managed accounts (UMA) model”.

FINSUM: This makes a lot of sense. RIAs used to balk at the 25 bp fee for UMAs (which goes on top of the underlying management fees), but they have recently been coming around.

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