Can IFAs Advise on ETFs?

We answer a handful of frequently asked questions regarding exchange-traded funds

Ben Johnson 18 August, 2010 | 3:24PM
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Can IFAs advise on ETFs?

Yes. All advisers that have received authorisation from the FSA to 'advise on investments' are permitted to advise on exchange-traded funds. ETFs are covered under the FSA’s packaged product regime and are treated similarly to other collective investment schemes like unit trusts, SICAV (Société d'Investissement À Capital Variable), OEICs (Open Ended Investment Company), and FCPs (fonds communs de placement).

Does my ETF have UK distributor status?

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Ben Johnson  is director of passive funds research at Morningstar.