Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:
Regulated funds are surprisingly optimistic about their prospects according to the latest survey of regulated fund managers from Ernst & Young. North American and European managers expect 10% annual growth, whereas Latin America and Asia managers’ expectations are slightly more cautious at 7%.
The survey respondents represent approximately 30% of total global assets under management in regulated funds (collective investment schemes regulated for sale to the public, i.e. RICs or UCITS). Forty-two managers of regulated funds across North America, Europe, select Latin American markets and Asia were interviewed.
Managers are focused on bespoke portfolio offerings as key drivers of growth with instruments like absolute return products and guaranteed income products gaining greater focus. More assets are likely to flow in from the retail market worldwide, although the developed economies have pointed to institutional and ultra high net worth clients as other areas of interest.
With retail asset flows, managers noted that education will be a major component to secure those dollars. Retail investors are typically low information investors which can make it challenging for managers to raise assets. Some are looking to social media to help, within the bounds of regulation.
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