Exposing the hidden costs

2019-05-08 06:02

BIG financial services companies may soon need to find new ways to pad their earnings, as a new industry standard is threatening to expose the sector’s worst kept secret — hidden fees.

The Retirement Savings Cost (RSC) Disclosure Standard — developed by the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (Asisa) — is designed to encourage financial service providers to be more transparent and give clients a clearer picture of their fee structures.

The standardised retirement savings cost disclosure methodology is intended to assist employers when comparing costs from the different umbrella fund providers that are members of Asisa.

While there is no law that will enforce the RSC Disclosure Standard, there is hope that industry players will do the right thing for the benefit of consumers and abide by the standard.

Fedgroup CFO Sheldon Friedericksen said that in the past, companies were only required to reveal their asset management fees and their service fees, which is where most of the hidden costs were located — these can include admin fees, reporting fees and share trading costs.

“You always knew they were there, but you didn’t know what they were,” said Friedericksen. While there is optimism that the standard will change the way in which financial service providers reveal their fee structures, it is unlikely that consumers will see a sudden drop in fees once hidden costs have been exposed. “The new standard is still being interpreted and debated, and there will always be loopholes.

“At the end of the day, it is still up to the moral compass of the industry to implement this effectively,” said Friedericksen.

Fedgroup Life CEO Walter van der Merwe said the new standard is a huge leap in the right direction for the consumer. — .Weekend Witness


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