In February 2015, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update the requirements for advisors of retirement plans to abide by a fiduciary standard and put their clients’ best interests before their own profits. In response, the DOL proposed the Conflict of Interest Rule (also known as the Fiduciary Rule), in April 2015. Following public hearings and a review of thousands of comment letters, the DOL made a number of significant changes that addressed the most serious concerns of critics of the rule, including reworking the best interest contract exemption, lengthening the timeline for compliance, eliminating the list of permitted investments, and clarifying the treatment of existing clients with respect to investment recommendations and compensation arrangements. The final rule was published on April 8, 2016, and will be fully implemented by January 1, 2018.
This white paper is DST kasina’s take on selected aspects of the DOL fiduciary rule and its impact on asset management firms. The paper is not intended to provide legal advice or a full review of the rule. Rather, we highlight certain implications of the rule to help business executives think about, and plan for, changes to their distribution and marketing strategies that may be required to remain competitive.
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Advisor Portfolio Segmentation for Mutual Fund UseThis report analyzes the transactions and asset positions of 150,000 advisors and uses our Multi-Factor Segmentation Framework to provide more accurate insights for sales and marketing.
Digital Engagement Leaders 2016Our first annual Digital Engagement Leaders 2016 research is a series of reports evaluating the asset managers leading the industry in advisor engagement across the digital ecosystem.
What Advisors Do Online 2016This year's WADO is a series of reports looking at how firms can leverage segmentation and omni-channel marketing to increase advisor engagement.
Preparing Distribution Organizations For Digital AdviceOur latest robo advisor research provides practical steps distribution teams can take to capture opportunities in the digital advisory landscape.
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Advisor Segmentation: A Unified ApproachOur new report challenges asset managers to take a more comprehensive approach to segmentation using more robust internal and third-party data.
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A Modernized Sales TeamThis report looks at how sales organizations of asset management firms must modernize to keep pace with changing demands of client-financial advisors.
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Creating A Best-in-Class Advisor-Focused Websitekasina's 15th annual ranking of the top mutual fund and ETF advisor sites, including examples of best-in-class features.
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Integrating Social Media Engagement to Drive Business ResultsThis research provides recommendations for asset managers to embedding social media into their corporate strategy, mining social activity to gain insight into their advisors, and cultivating brand engagement with their audience.
Optimizing DC Plan Participant Websites to Boost Retirement PreparednessThe study features best practices from a number of retirement plan participant sites that show users whether they are on track to meet retirement income needs, motivate them to act to address shortfalls, and take advantage of opportunities to save more.
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Creating Brand Preference with Content MarketingThis study provides practical guidance for firms to move from the early and middle stages of content marketing maturity, to building brand preference through strategic use of story-telling. In addition, the study includes kasina’s Content Marketing Maturity Model, which identifies the steps firms need to take to effective generate awareness and build consideration for their brands.
Progressing from Scorecards to RoadmapsPerformance scorecards have become ubiquitous in sales organizations in the asset management industry. However, not all sales scorecards are equally effective.
Role of Websites in Digital Engagement: Online Leaders in Asset ManagementThis report contains detailed recommendations and best practices on the changing role of the website in digital engagement with financial advisors. In addition, we evaluate the top mutual fund and ETF websites among asset managers.
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Building A Competitive Social Media CompetencyIn this study we identify ways firms can create actionable metrics and indicators to help quantify social efforts across business segments. We also provide best practices within and outside of the industry that firms can adopt as part of a competitive social media strategy.
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Building Dynamic Distribution PartnershipsThis study arms distribution executives with insights on managing the many points of contact at gatekeepers, coordinating strategies with sales, and integrating with marketing and product development to provide better service.
Standing Out: Online Strategies for Institutional InvestorsIn this study we identify the digital strategies asset managers should use to attract and service institutional investors and investment consultants online. In addition, this research ranks the Top 5 Institutional websites.
What Advisors Do Online (2012)Provides executives in e-business, marketing and sales with insight into what advisors do and expect online. In addition, this new research shows how asset managers can best reach advisors on news, industry and social sites, as well as on mobile devices.
Boosting Sales, Enhancing Service: Online Leaders in Asset Managementkasina identifies the elements that build awareness, consideration and loyalty with advisors online. We also offer examples from within, and outside of, the asset management industry to illustrate the future of advisor websites.
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Optimizing Your Opportunities with RIAsThis timely study arms Sales, Marketing and e-Business executives with benchmarks and recommendations for engaging your firm in optimizing opportunities with RIAs.