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Advisers all talk on model portfolios, says fundie

Financial advisers are showing interest in developing their own model portfolios but are not following through, according to an investment management executive.

Mason Stevens chief executive Thomas Bignill said financial advisers are increasingly looking to mimic the strategy and service offering of fund management professionals.

“We see a lot of evidence of advisers expressing interest in creating their own model portfolio, but when push comes to shove, nine out of 10 don’t and end up with a managed fund because they realise just how difficult it is, and the time commitment you need,” Mr Bignill told the 13th annual Wraps, Platforms & Masterfunds conference.

Mr Bignill said advisers are better positioned to add value as “asset allocators” and should leave portfolio construction to investment managers, rather than “sitting in front of a screen working out whether their clients should buy BHP or Rio”.

“There are always going to be those advisers that specialise in stock picking but on the whole I think you need to be very cautious of that and we will see less and less of that,” he said.

The comments came during a panel discussion on the rise of direct investment in which netwealth chief executive Matt Heine agreed that “financial planners are becoming fund managers”.

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