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The UK is one of the world’s leading investment management centres. The government is keen to maintain this position and attract more investment management business.

A combination of long-term commitment, close collaboration and encouragement for innovation has created a favourable environment for investment in the UK.

IA Guidelines for Investee Companies

The IA has a series of guidelines in which it sets out member expectations on issues such as corporate governance, share capital management, and other issues relating to capital markets.

Several of these guidelines were originally produced by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Following the merger of ABI Investment Affairs with the IMA on 30th June 2014, the IA assumed responsibility for guidance previously issued by the ABI.

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We publish industry-wide statistics about fund sales and funds under management on a monthly basis. These figures show trends in recent years with analysis by distribution channel, asset type and Investment Association sector. Figures are also available for funds of funds, tracker and ethical funds. Read the latest IA statistics press releases and view charts and data.

Members of The Investment Association enjoy on-line access to detailed fund statistics enabling them to carry out their own analysis of the latest industry trends, including market share and ranking across sectors and distribution channels. Members who wish to access this data should contact Diane Sammy.

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History of the investment association

The Investment Association is the trade body that represents UK investment managers. Our 200 members collectively manage over £7.7 trillion on behalf of clients in the UK and around the world. We promote UK investment management, which is the largest industry of its kind in Europe and the second largest in the world.

History of the IA

Costs & Charges

Costs and charges disclosure features high on the regulatory agenda in both the UK and across Europe. The IA and the firms it represents are committed to delivering transparency of costs and charges and the IA has led efforts to guide regulators to create a coherent disclosure landscape and to help firms interpret the requirements and facilitate the delivery of useful information through the distribution chain to end consumers. There are a number of initiatives in this area.

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We produce industry-wide statistics about fund sales and funds under management every month (figures for February 2019).