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500 largest global asset managers exceed $100tn AUM bar

Monday, October 26, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The world's 500 largest asset management companies exceeded the $100trn threshold in assets under management for the first time in the sector's history. They ended 2019 with a cumulated $104.4trn in assets under management, up 14.8% year-on-year, said a study.

According to new research from the Thinking Ahead Institute confirmed that growing concentration among the top 20 managers whose market share increased during the period to 43% of total assets, up from 38% in 2000 and 29% in 1995. It also shows that, in the last decade, 232 asset manager names have dropped out of the ranking.

The research, conducted in conjunction with Pensions & Investments, the U.S. investment newspaper, revealed that the AuM rise in 2019 was primarily stressed by Japan-based asset management companies (+24.9%) and by North American managers (+20.3%). European investment firms, including British ones, only posted a 5.3% AuM growth.

Median assets for members of the top 500 amounted to $49.9bn in 2019, up from $45.5bn the year before, said the study.

According to the research, passively managed assets in the survey grew to US$7.9 trillion in 2019, up from US$4.9 trillion in 2015.

The three largest asset managers in terms of AuM remained BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street Global Advisors for the sixth consecutive year, followed by Fidelity Investments, Allianz, and JP Morgan in 2018.

The top 20 asset managers ran 43% (or $44.9trn) of the assets re......................

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