Cerulli Associates: Dead End Road for Some Asset Managers in 2016

Finding ways to counter the downward pressure on fees will be the focal point for asset managers in 2016, according to the latest issue of The Cerulli Edge Global Edition.

In assessing the outlook over the next 12 months for the asset management industry in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Latin America, Cerulli Associates, a global analytics firm, has identified a number of key threats and opportunities.

Cross-Border Initiatives to Increase

In Asia, Cerulli expects the spotlight to fall on passive products as institutions look for cost-effective solutions and regulators take steps to boost the appeal of ETFs for retail investors.

Cross-border initiatives are likely to increase in 2016, offering investors diversified investment options and enabling managers to expand in other markets.

Enhanced competition for fund managers

«In 2016, the clamor for reduced fees, greater transparency, and an end to 'closet tracking' will continue apace; competition will intensify; and institutions will be obliged to follow a road that will be a dead end for some asset managers,» said Barbara Wall, managing director of the Europe office of Cerulli Associates. 

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