Jimmy Choo among investment options taking Aegon Retirement Choices through 4,000 milestone

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The Aegon Retirement Choices platform is making great – and well-appointed – strides in its bid to offer choice to advisers and their clients. Shares in Jimmy Choo are among new investment options added to the platform, taking it through the milestone of 4,000 investment options.

This development follows a significant expansion in the number of investments it offers, with 648 new investments added in the last year.

The comprehensive choice now available makes it an ideal platform for advisers and discretionary fund managers who want the flexibility to build specialist investment strategies that meet even bespoke investment needs. It also supports those using model portfolios to build robust and scalable centralised investment propositions.

The broad range includes access to a wide selection of investment types, including insured funds, collectives, ETFs, shares, bonds and unit-linked guarantees. Following the introduction of the recent pension flexibilities, Aegon has also launched a number of funds designed especially for drawdown investors over the last year, including its Aegon High Income drawdown fund and, more recently, its guaranteed income offering, Secure Retirement Income.

Duncan Jarrett, Managing Director at Aegon UK, said:

“The growth in the platform market has resulted in a rise in the number of clients who are demanding sophisticated investment strategies, tailored to their specific needs and managed by experts they trust. As a result 37% of platform assets under management are now held in model portfolios, and a further 10% is invested via discretionary fund managers*.

“It’s vital that we offer the broad range of investment options required by advisers and discretionary fund managers to support them in offering the best possible service to their clients.

“The addition of Jimmy Choo was driven by our commitment to make all shares in the FTSE 350 available on the platform, something which we completed earlier this month. It’s also representative of a broader investment in the services required by retail clients. As well as growing our investment range, this also includes the development of a suite of online model portfolio management tools and an expansion in the range of discretionary fund managers signed up to our platform.”