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Assets under management

Each member firm has their total UK AUM figure requested twice annually:

  • As part of the annual Investment Association subscription call (as at the end of June)
  • As part of the Asset Management Survey (as at the end of December)

This figure covers all assets where the day-to-day management is undertaken by managers within the firm and based in the UK. By “managers” we mean the individuals who undertake discretionary asset management.

As such the focus is on the location of the manager, and not on the location of the client, the fund domicile or the relationship management.

The number includes:
  • Assets managed by your firm in the UK whether for UK or overseas clients contracted with your firm Eg. If Firm A manages in the UK £10bn on behalf of a UK local authority client and £40bn on behalf of a US pension fund client, both figures should be included in Firm A’s total UK AUM.
  • Assets delegated to your UK-based asset managers by either third party asset managers or overseas offices of your company or group Eg. If Firm A’s Japan-based parent group contracted and/or serviced in Japan £15bn of corporate client assets, £10bn of which was delegated for management in the UK to Firm A, we would expect only the £10bn to be included. Likewise, if Firm A contracted in the UK £15bn of corporate client assets, £10bn of which would be delegated for management to Ireland, Firm A’s total UK assets under management should only include the £5bn in assets that continue to be managed in the UK.
  • Assets in pooled vehicles, irrespective of domicile location, whose asset management is undertaken in the UK Eg. If Firm A ran £20bn in pooled vehicles domiciled in Luxembourg, of which £18bn were managed in the UK, we would expect the £18bn to be included in Firm A’s total UK AUM.
  • Assets managed by you in the UK through fund-of-funds or manager-of-managers products, including where you are the manager (see below for how double counting is avoided) Eg. If Firm A managed in the UK a £5bn fund-of-funds or manager-of-managers product, of which £3bn was invested in funds/other products managed by Firm B, Firm A should only include the £2bn invested in its in-house managed funds. Please note that, to avoid double counts, we ask members not to include the size of the fund-of-funds or manager-of-managers product itself.
The number does not include:

Assets delegated by you to third party managers or your own overseas offices

  • Assets in UK-domiciled pooled vehicles that are managed outside the UK Assets, where the relationship is managed in the UK, but the managers are located overseas
  • Assets of clients that are serviced in the UK, but the asset management (exercise of discretion) is undertaken overseas
  • The size of fund-of-funds or manager-of-managers products themselves. As mentioned above, we would only expect you to include the size of the underlying funds managed by your UK-based managers.
Comparison with the FCA’s A007 figure

The Investment Association’s definition of UK AUM ought to correspond with the FCA’s A007 Funds under Management figure in all but two respects:

  • Group assets. In contrast to the Investment Association, the FCA’s A007 figure excludes assets managed within the firms’ own group consistent with the exclusion contained in article 69(5) (Groups and joint enterprises) of the Regulated Activities Order.
  • Assets managed by managers outside the UK. The Investment Association’s definition of UK AUM only includes assets managed by managers located in the UK. This is unlike the FCA’s A007 figure where, consistent with Note (e) on FuM, the location of the manager may not be relevant.