If you regularly read our content you will know that our friends at AKG provide Financial Strength ratings, which we believe should form an integral part of your research and due diligence processes. This week the team at AKG are celebrating three years since the launch of their DFM sector, so we wanted to shout out ‘Happy Birthday’ and revisit how these ratings can be used by our readers.

On 28th July 2016 the DFM sector launched and with it came the distribution of AKG’s first DFM financial strength ratings and assessment reports. Below are the full details of the DFM sector reports, with links to find out more.

Supporting adviser due diligence

The requirement for advisers, both those considering partners for the first time and those re-assessing existing partners, to better understand their DFM business partners by carrying out more comprehensive due diligence is evident. And this is backed by a regulatory focus on due diligence processes when selecting solutions and partners. AKG’s financial strength ratings are designed with the end customer in mind and specifically for use by financial advisers. Their purpose is to provide a key contributory component to and advice firms robust research and due diligence processes.

Market coverage

Currently 17 DFMs are assessed by AKG and this coverage is confirmed in the list below. As you would expect, the team are in ongoing discussions with financial advice firms, DFMs and other interested parties about adding to this coverage during the remainder of 2019 and in 2020. Please contact AKG if you have any suggestions about the DFMs you would like to see covered in future.

»  Brewin Dolphin
»  Brooks Macdonald
»  Canaccord Genuity Wealth
»  Cazenove Capital
»  Charles Stanley
»  Close Brothers Asset Management
»  Heartwood
»  Investec Wealth & Investment
»  LGT Vestra
»  Octopus Investments
»  Quilter Cheviot
»  Rathbone Investment Management
»  Seven Investment Management
»  Smith & Williamson
»  Standard Life Wealth
»  Thesis Asset Management
»  Tilney

AKG Rating Portal

Your first port of call for viewing AKG’s DFM financial strength ratings is the AKG Rating Portal. If you have not already done so, you can register here to view the ratings.

Third party research resources

Such is the unique and specific nature of AKG’s financial strength assessment work, there is great value in including AKG’s ratings within your research and DFM selection processes. AKG has in place distribution agreements for rating reference and usage within the research and selection resources and systems offered by a range of companies.


AKG assessment reports

AKG financial strength assessment reports for all 17 DFMs currently covered are available to buy here on an individual or bulk purchase basis.


This article was created for the DISCUS website to announce the third anniversary of AKG’s Financial Strength ratings for the DFM sector. To find out more visit the AKG website here ›