Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
Latest research from Pensions & Investments and Towers Watson shows that assets managed by the world’s largest 500 fund managers rose by over 8% to $68tln in 2012, making up any lost ground from the previous year when assets in the survey fell by 3%.
The result is that total assets are now almost back to the record levels of 2007 (around $69tln) and almost double assets levels from 2002. The research revealed that, by number, bank-owned asset managers continued to dominate the top 20, although the number of independent managers in the group remained static. The survey found 12 US based investment managers in the top 20 managing over 64% of assets, while eight managers were European-based. Overall Japanese managers’ assets decreased by around 9% in 2012, while European managers’ assets as well as US-based managers’ assets increased by over 8% and around 13% respectively.
According to the research, US asset managers have increased their share of assets in the research from 42% to around 50% during the past 10 years, mainly at the expense of Japanese and Swiss asset managers who have lost around 5% and 4% of market share and now have 7% and 4% respectively. The research also shows that large Canadian and French managers have both grown their share of the market by about 2%......................
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