Brewin Dolphin reviews service for clients with less than £50k

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Discretionary investment manager Brewin Dolphin is reviewing the services it offers clients with portfolios worth less than £50,000.

Brewin is contacting the clients and requesting discussions over the most suitable service for them. The DFM will not reveal the number of client accounts it is reviewing.

The review will analyse whether clients will be moved out of the firm’s bespoke portfolio management services and whether they can afford Brewin’s minimum fees. 

Brewin launched its Managed Portfolio Service in January last year aimed at clients with between £10,000 and £150,000. Clients are charged 1.2 per cent and are allowed to transfer between the bespoke service and MPS.

A Brewin spokeswoman says: “We do have some clients with portfolios under £50k and we are rolling out a review of their service categories and requesting that we have a discussion about the most suitable service for them for the future.

“We are judging whether these small portfolios are suitable for bespoke services on costs grounds, whether they can afford the minimum fee, top up their portfolio or change service category.”

PMI Independent Financial Advisers director John Stewart says: “This is a sensible business decision from Brewin. Obviously there are many firms with that hangover of clients who may be getting an unsuitable service. You cannot have high net-worth clients subsidising those at the bottom end so this is the right thing for Brewin to be doing.”

In May, Brewin’s interim financial report showed its pre-tax profits fell 44 per cent to £6.9m during the six months to 31 March, down from £12.3m in the same period in 2012.