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Asset Management Quanta
Flowspring's Asset Management Quanta is a monthly compilation of the most important trends and statistics in the asset management industry. This particular report was compiled as of March 2019 to give an accurate picture of the global open-end and exchange-traded fund landscape. It contains information relating to the distribution of assets, changes in assets, trends in fees and fund launches, and emerging investor preferences. We present this report without commentary so as to provide updated data in a timely manner, and to allow the data to speak for itself.
The Game Theory of Fund Price Wars
The fund industry continues to raise the competitive stakes by lowering their fees, particularly on passive and exchange-traded products. Naturally every stakeholder questions how far this trend can go, and who will win this war of attrition. We use a simple dollar auction game to demonstrate that fees can indeed go lower
Women in Asset Management
Like many areas of finance and STEM industries, women are severely under-represented among the ranks of portfolio managers in the asset management industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries with comparable levels of female employment are iron and steel mill manufacturing, mineral mining, cement & concrete manufacturing, and truck transportation. Given the magnitude of this underrepresentation, we studied the financial impact of portfolio manager gender on asset flows to determine whether asset managers could financially benefit from hiring additional women.
The Social Responsibility Boom
It’s no secret that socially responsible investing is on the rise, but in the past several years, it’s risen from novelty fund characteristic to ubiquitous deployment across the strategy spectrum. While some investors question the validity of mixing morality with investment outcomes, it’s clear that the boom in socially responsible investing is full-steam-ahead. We analyze a global universe of open-end fund and ETF products to determine the extent of investors preference for socially responsible funds, asset managers’ pricing of such funds, and the performance trade-offs (or lack thereof) of investing in such funds.
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Investment products launched by clients over the last 10 years