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Trends in Alternative Sales Behavior

Alan Hess November 29, 2018

September and October proved to be rough months for alternative mutual funds as well as the broader active mutual fund market. Active alternative mutual funds saw outflows of $5.9…

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Growth in College Savings Outside of 529s

Paul Curley October 24, 2018

529s remain the vehicle most strongly associated with college savings, but other structures are playing an increasing role in the market.  According to data from Strategic Insight, 529 college…

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Subadvised Asset Growth Slows, but New Product Demand Appears Steady

Chelsea Zhao October 9, 2018

During a banner year for asset appreciation, mutual fund and variable annuity (VA) assets managed by unaffiliated subadvisers in 2017 grew by 19% and 11%, respectively. This was the…

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How Long Can ETFs Post Inflows Like Clockwork?

Anthony DiSanzo September 18, 2018

Exchange-traded funds have transformed the asset management industry, and at times in the last few years, it seemed that the gusher of money flowing into ETFs would never end….

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Investor Behavior within Emerging Market Equity

Alan Hess September 11, 2018

Volatility has affected wide swaths of the asset management industry throughout 2018. International markets have been particularly affected by global trade wars, and emerging markets have experienced even further…

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Active ETFs: Is a Tipping Point on the Horizon?

Dennis Bowden September 6, 2018

Future game-changers or over-hyped? Opinions on actively managed exchange traded structures run the gamut. They remain, however, one of the most discussed topics across the industry (including recent news…

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529 College Savings Plans Reach New Highs

Paul Curley August 20, 2018

The second quarter of 2018 marked another high point for 529 plans. The college savings plan market totaled $329 billion in assets across both 529 savings and prepaid plans…

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Is the Asset Management Industry Becoming More Consolidated?

Chelsea Zhao August 14, 2018

Asset managers’ profit margins have faced a number of headwinds, including competition from passive products and fee pressure. In addition, an ever-changing regulatory environment has in ways required fund companies…

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Asset Management Profitability in 2017

Anthony DiSanzo July 30, 2018

Strategic Insight recently released its annual report on asset manager profitability, Money Manager Financial Comparisons. This study has been published every year since 1988. The latest edition analyzes the…

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Socially Responsible Investing in the U.S.: Farther from Myth and Closer to Reality

Julie Martin July 24, 2018

A little over a year ago, we were wondering whether the rise in demand for socially conscious investing in the United States could eventually result in the widespread adoption…

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