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Operating margins for asset managers in the DST kasina Asset Manager Composite rose to 33.7% by Q3 2016 -– an increase of 20 basis points from year-end 2015 — and AUM reached an all-time high for the Composite group: $10.6 trillion.
While this sounds like good news for the industry as a whole, the reality is being masked by the growth and scale of the largest asset manager in the group. When looking at the trend in asset flows, excluding the largest manager, the Composite shows five consecutive quarters of net outflows. While there are pockets of success in the industry, most asset managers are experiencing profitability challenges and the threat of consistent net redemptions.
My annual outlook for the coming year includes ten predictions, including further consolidation, continued passive flows, the impact of the Trump administration and the DOL, and more.
1. The... [read more]
Consultative selling is a catchphrase that we’re hearing more and more frequently these days. But what exactly is it?
In a nutshell, consultative selling is an approach where the salesperson focuses on understanding the advisor’s business and portfolio objectives in order to help the advisor identify the right solutions, rather than focusing on pushing products that their firm is trying to promote. This concept has been around for some years in the asset management industry, but in practice, many firms have continued to adopt a primarily product-driven approach while paying lip service to the idea of the consultative sale.
Change, however, is in the air. Advisors’ business models are shifting, with the focus moving away from transactional business and towards goals-based wealth management, where advisors work with their clients to identify and plan for both short- and long-term objectives. This approach is vehicle-agnostic, with advisors... [read more]
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