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Biggest barrier to entry for boutique asset managers is in regulatory costs

Friday, October 04, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

Boutique asset managers are underdogs, say Adam Sussman and Valerie Bogard of Tabb Group, a financial markets research and advisory firm. They are the authors of the report Boutique Business Model under Attack: Bruised by Regulation, Crippled by Costs?, which was co-funded by SunGard’s Asset Arena 360, a solution that helps boutique asset managers control their operations costs, raise assets and manage due diligence and compliance.

Boutique managers are underdogs for a reason: the demands of the regulatory environment increase the cost of doing business so much so that some businesses cannot get off the ground. Shame, since those small businesses are nimble, they have a niche focus, a structure that encourages sustainability and a client-centric approach.

What's the single thing that could make or break your firm in the next year? SunGard and Tabb in August asked 202 boutique equities-focused asset managers, concentrated in the U.S. and Europe: What's the single thing that could make or break your firm in the next year?

The biggest barrier, the survey found, is the institutionalisation of the industry, with its accompanying due diligence and compliance costs, which boutiques lack the scale to......................

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