This week's notable news from the asset management industry includes a recent SEC roundtable meeting where some participants discussed the potential "unintended consequences" of universal proxy ballots, global ETP flows in February reached a record $50 billion, the fastest start to any year on record, and leadership at Vanguard were tasked with new roles within the firm.
This week's highlights includes how competition is forcing ETF providers to cut fees on products; research on how corporate bond ETFs can help institutional investors manage investment flows; and Chinese demand for portfolio managers.
With the asset management industry in better financial health, compensation is climbing for the right candidates, whether at the analyst level or senior executives, recruiters across the country say.
This week's items of note includes a Fed warning on potential misperceptions of liquidity with ETFs, a report on clients defecting at an unprecedented rate from Pimco's developing-nation mutual funds, a study showing underlying investment fees have declined at small retirement plans, and exchange operator BATS naming a new CEO.
For many bond managers, equities seemed like a great idea after the 2008 financial crisis. The Federal Reserve had pushed interest rates to near-zero, potentially leaving little room for bonds to appreciate and fueling a rally in stock markets thats about to enter its seventh year.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) announced it has entered into an agreement with Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) to acquire DeAWM's stable value business, with total assets under supervision of $21.6 billion as of June 30, 2013
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White met with leaders of the equities and options exchanges, FINRA, DTCC and the Options Clearing Corporation following the August 22 interruption in the trading of NASDAQ-listed securities.
Goldman Sachs will replace Bank of America Corp., Visa will replace Hewlett-Packard and Nike will replace Alcoa in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) after the close of trading on Friday, September 20.
The 50 largest asset managers accounted for more than US$38 trillion in assets under management at the end of 2012. This is a full US$4 trillion more than the year before, even as the biggest firms in the industry continue to enlarge, according to The Cerulli Report: Global Markets 2013.
Best known as the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first to head one of its member firms, Muriel F. "Mickie" Siebert died of complications from cancer on August 24 at the age of 80.