Most investment company directors think the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) will be positive for the sector, a poll suggests.
The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) surveyed directors across the trade body's 333 member firms and found that 80% expect the impact of new rules following the RDR to be beneficial over the longer-term.
The largest and most liquid investment companies will benefit the most, according to 65% of the respondents, while 18% said the specialist and alternative sectors would benefit the most.
About 10% of respondents believe generalist investment companies will gain most from the changes. Just 2% cited venture capital trusts.
"Given the diversity of the sector, it is not surprising that there are a range of views on the impact and where demand will come from," said AIC director general Ian Sayers (pictured).
"We've seen a fair amount of interest in generalist companies but advisers are also interested in the more specialist alternative asset classes like private equity, property and infrastructure.
"Advisers are aware that they need to demonstrate value to their clients and these alternative asset classes are a way of doing this."
The AIC has been training IFAs in how to recommend investment trusts ever since the Financial Services Authority confirmed they would need to consider the products to meet the independence rules.
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