Press Releases

Calls for Transparency in the U.S. OCIO Market Grow as AUM Reaches New High

Market volatility drives asset owners to seek OCIO services; delivering enhanced performance reporting will be a selling point for providers 

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Outsourced Chief Investment Officer Function 2020: A Growing Demand for Industry Standards

November 2020, BOSTON

Insurtech Propels Distribution in Asia

Online platforms are catching on, but funds distribution through investment-linked products is still limited  

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, November 2020 Issue

November 2020, Singapore

Europe’s Cross-Border Fund Managers Have Reasons to be Optimistic

Pockets of opportunity exist, despite COVID-19 and other challenges

The Cerulli Edge―Europe Edition, 4Q 2020 Issue

November 2020, LONDON

COVID-19 Ushers Changes to Investor Behavior and Surfaces New Opportunities for Providers

Providers that seize the chance to revamp product and tech offerings will be best positioned for long-term success 

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retail Investor Edition, 4Q 2020 Issue

November 2020, BOSTON

Content, Technology, and Partnerships Are Dominating European Asset Managers’ Sales and Marketing Strategies

Managers are increasing their communication with clients and embracing new tools in response to the coronavirus pandemic

The Cerulli Report—European Marketing and Sales Organizations 2020: Keeping Ahead of Rapid Change

November 2020, LONDON

RIAs Must Capitalize on Scale to Compete

The RIA of tomorrow must be prepared to tackle digital readiness, client acquisition, value differentiation, and succession

The Cerulli Report—U.S. RIA Marketplace 2020: Exploring Drivers of Change

November 2020, BOSTON

COVID-19 is Accelerating Asset Managers’ Use of Social Media

The use of digital tools to enhance brand and sales performance is growing rapidly

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, November 2020 Issue

November 2020, LONDON

U.S. Professionally Managed Assets Reach $51.5 Trillion

Across the spectrum of institutional and retail channels, intermediation by third parties is increasing; fee negotiation and vehicle choice will be key to gaining third-party approval 

The Cerulli ReportThe State of U.S. Retail and Institutional Asset Management 2020: Uncovering Addressable Assets Across Client Channels

November 2020, BOSTON

Fee Innovation Must Be Constant for Managers in a Price-Sensitive, Commoditized Market

Fund managers pursue fee innovation to stave off fee compression

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, November 2020 Issue

November 2020, BOSTON

European Pension Schemes Are Increasingly Seeking Assistance From Fiduciary Managers

High fees are among the reasons U.K. pension schemes are deciding to retender or switch fiduciary manager

The Cerulli Report—European Retirement Industry 2020: Addressing Pensions’ Evolving Needs

November 2020, London

Retirement Plan Providers Contend with Regulatory Headwinds and Ongoing Confusion Related to ESG Considerations

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends Edition, October 2020 Issue

November 2020, BOSTON

Allocators Increasingly Evaluate Managers Through an ESG Lens

ESG is becoming a more important component of winning and losing investment mandates

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing 2020: Shifting Environmental and Social Systems Push Asset Managers to Get More Responsible

October 2020, Boston

Asian Institutions Power Ahead in the New Digital Norm

Managers need to stay agile in their institutional sales approaches to meet asset owners’ increasing sophistication and digital adopt

The Cerulli Report—Institutional Asset Management in Asia 2020: Setting the Stage for a New Era

October 2020, SINGAPORE

No Doubt as to Sustainability of Eco-Friendly Exchange-Traded Funds

European investors are prioritizing climate-linked products

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, October 2020 Issue

October 2020, London

Investors’ Willingness to Engage in Paid Advice Relationships Is Peaking

Advisory fee levels are predicted to remain unchanged despite persistent cost pressure on underlying investments

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Retail Investor Advice Relationships 2020: Accentuating the Value of Advice

October 2020, Boston

Wirehouses Lead Advisor Productivity Rates Among All Broker/Dealer Channels

Nevertheless, wirehouse firms must address advisor pain points to fend off competition from RIA channel

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Broker/Dealer Marketplace 2020: The Increasing Impact of Culture

October 2020, Boston

Digitalization Catches on in Asia’s Retirement Space

Digital methods and robo-advisory are being used to transform the nature and delivery of retirement solutions

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, October 2020 Issue

October 2020, SINGAPORE

Consultants Well Versed in Alternatives Are Best Positioned to Gain Share Among Institutional Investors

Institutional asset owners such as insurance general accounts, health and hospital systems, and endowments and foundations may find greater value in the services of a consultant given the challenges of the current market environment

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Institutional Edition, 4Q 2020 Issue

October 2020, Boston

Too Much Choice May Hinder Advisor Technology Adoption

Fintech providers must determine how to balance breadth and depth of offerings with simplicity

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, October 2020 Issue 


Asset Managers Pursue a Vehicle-Agnostic Approach That Favors Lower-Cost Structures

Mutual fund product development efforts are expected to decline as managers seek to bring cost savings to investors through ETF, separate account, and CIT offerings

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Product Development 2020: Prioritizing Investment Product Initiatives

October 2020, Boston

Asian Asset Owners Take Heed of ESG Considerations

As asset owners increasingly align their portfolios to ESG standards, managers will need to adjust to their growing expectations

The Cerulli Edge—Asia-Pacific Edition, 4Q 2020 Issue

October 2020, SINGAPORE

Direct Indexing Presents New Opportunities for Customization of Separately Managed Accounts

Fintech solutions and new industry developments are key to enabling mass customization

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Managed Accounts Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

October 2020, Boston

Enhanced Market Volatility May Temporarily Slow Outsourced Portfolio Construction

Despite the impact in the short term, asset managers should anticipate continued interest in outsourcing
in the long run

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Advisor Edition, 4Q 2020 Issue

October 2020, Boston

Asia-Pacific Retirement Sector Gears Up to Meet Investors’ Evolving Needs

Managers need to offer holistic institutional solutions and promote the role of retail mutual funds in retirement planning

The Cerulli Report—Asian Retirement Markets 2020: Reshaping the Silver Market

October 2020, SINGAPORE

European Investors’ Appetite for Alternatives Tipped to Keep Growing

Coronavirus pandemic highlights the diversification weakness of traditional assets

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, October 2020 Issue

October 2020, LONDON

Despite Regulatory Challenges, Defined Contribution Asset Managers Continue to Pursue ESG-Focused Distribution Initiatives

DC managers plan to increase marketing and distribution efforts associated with their ESG investment products—education around terminology and ESG investing methods could help to promote future adoption by plan sponsors

The Cerulli ReportU.S. Defined Contribution Distribution 2020: Adapting to Changes in the Regulatory Environment

October 2020, Boston

Demand Surges for China’s Exchange-Traded Funds

Strong retail and institutional demand will drive the ETF boom in the long run

The Cerulli Edge—China Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

September 2020, SINGAPORE

Issuers Credit Fixed-Income ETFs and Institutional Adoption for ETF Growth

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends, September 2020 Issue

September 2020, BOSTON

Fixed-Maturity Products Maintain Appeal in Asia

Managers must innovate to create new solutions that suit current market conditions

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, September 2020 Issue

September 2020, Singapore

Europe’s Investors Ride the Next Wave of Sector Rotation

The search for potential return-enhancing themes accelerates

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, September 2020 Issue

September 2020, London

Thematic, ESG, and Fixed-Income Products Are Set to Play a Key Role in the European ETF Market in the Coming Years

Investors increasingly rely on ETFs as important building blocks of their portfolios and have clear ideas about the types of product they prefer

The Cerulli Report—European Exchange-Traded Funds 2020: Adding Variety to Low Costs and Transparency

September 2020, LONDON

Low Interest Rate Environment Could Portend Insurance Industry Consolidation

Insurers seek broader access to alternative investments, private equity firms seek access to permanent capital

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Insurance General Accounts 2020: Finding Solutions Outside the Core

September 2020, BOSTON

Health Savings Account Industry Set to Evolve in Coming Years

A proliferation of financial wellness programs and increased involvement of retirement providers will contribute to renewed emphasis on healthcare planning

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retirement Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

September 2020, Boston

China Enters New Era of Greater Competition and Liberalization

Foreign managers now can access China via multiple routes; their entrance is likely to add to the already-intense competition

The Cerulli Report—Asset Management in China 2020: Rolling Out the Red Carpet

September 2020, Singapore

Impact Investing is on its Way to Joining the Mainstream

Incoming EU legislation is another step in the integration of responsible investing

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, September 2020 Issue

September 2020, London

Plan Sponsors Hold the Keys to Boosting Retirement Readiness

Plan design strategies and comprehensive communications can incentivize employees to save for the future

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, September 2020 Issue

September 2020, Boston

Asset Managers Realign Distribution Resources to Optimize Strategic Marketing Costs

COVID-19 forces firms to evaluate the cost of engagement and efficiently deploy resources

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Intermediary Distribution 2020: Aligning Impact with the Costs of Distribution

September 2020, Boston

Direct Indexing Moves Downmarket as Possible Solution for Affluent and Mass-Affluent Clients

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends, August 2020 Issue

August 2020, Boston

Banks Embrace Technology at an Accelerated Pace

Banks’ advisory platforms turn to tech to increase marketshare and improve operational efficiency

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Private Banks and Trust Companies 2020: Unifying the Wealth Management Experience

August 2020, Boston

Investment Trust Fundraising in Europe Persists Amid Volatility

Launches dwindle but innovation continues, along with dividend payments

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, August 2020 Issue

August 2020, London

Asia’s Fund Industry Embraces Digital Tools in the New Normal

While digital marketing is on the rise, more fund managers are reducing their spending on traditional advertising

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, August 2020 Issue

August 2020, Singapore

Captive Managers Can Thrive as Competition for Insurance Assets Increases

Managers offering services that simplify investment management and reporting will be able to stand out

The Cerulli Edge—Europe Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

August 2020, London

An Increase in Day Trading Causes Advisors to Change their Approach

As advisor-assisted investors increasingly dip their toes into day trading, advisors will need to mediate to protect against critical missteps

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retail Investor Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

August 2020, Boston

Recent Market Turmoil May Shift Perception of Annuity Products

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, August 2020 Issue

August 2020, Boston

COVID-19 Will Cause a Decline in Assets Under Management, but Create Opportunities for Managers

Despite the challenges the coronavirus pandemic presents, the global asset management industry can recover and grow

The Cerulli Report—Global Markets 2020: A Sharper View of the Asset Management Sector

August 2020, London

Transparency and Communication Help Advisors Shine in Digital-First Environment

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Advisor Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

August 2020, Boston

COVID-19 Strengthens the Case for Artificial Intelligence in Fund Management

The value of artificial intelligence in anticipating market movements is getting harder to deny

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, August 2020 Issue

August 2020, London

Public Pension Plans Forced to Pin Liquidity Against Yield Pursuits

Confronted with diminishing contributions from government sponsors, public pensions must balance their pursuit of yield with their need for liquidity

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Institutional Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

July 2020, Boston

Institutional Consultants Anticipate Long-Term Effects Resulting from COVID-19

Defined benefit (DB) plans face challenges in maintaining funding statuses, operational due diligence teams prepare for greater scrutiny, and outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) mandates set to rise among consultant-intermediated mandates

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Investment Consultants 2020: Adapting to the Post-COVID-19 Environment

July 2020, Boston

Market Disruption Provides Opportunity for Active Fixed-Income Managers to Prove Value Over Passive Strategies

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends, July 2020 Issue

July 2020, Boston

Minimum Volatility May Be Smart, But Only Over the Longer Term

Funds driven by low beta stocks have flattered to deceive during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, July 2020 Issue

July 2020, Singapore

China Leads Exchange-Traded Fund Growth in Asia ex-Japan

Assets grew at a double-digit rate in the first five months of 2020

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, July 2020 Issue

July 2020, Singapore

Managers Should Revisit Liquid Alternative Offerings Amid Push for Increased Fees and Revenue Diversification

Subadvisory mandates and innovative products can help managers expand retail reach; education is key to asset retention

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Alternative Investments 2020: The Path Forward

July 2020, Boston

Firms Reconsider Platform Consolidation Amid COVID-19 Market Correction

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Managed Accounts 2020: The Evolving Landscape of Advisor Discretion

July 2020, Boston

Asian Investors Rebalance Portfolios to Combat Uncertainties

Investors seek safety in fixed income, but there are opportunities in other segments

The Cerulli Edge—Asia-Pacific Edition, 3Q 2020 Issue

July 2020, Singapore

Specialization and Diversification Drive Consolidation in Asset Management

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, July 2020 Issue

July 2020, Boston

COVID-19 Has Not Deterred Europe’s Insurers From Private Markets

The pandemic has caused some hesitancy but has not wholly stifled demand

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, July 2020 Issue

July 2020, London

China’s Insurance Industry to Grow Amid Economic Headwinds

Regulatory developments and measures to support the sector provide opportunities for both local and foreign players

The Cerulli Edge—China Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

June 2020, Singapore

Opportunities Remain for Active Managers Despite Overall Negative Flow Figures

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends, June 2020 Issue

June 2020, Boston

The Vast Majority of Investors Report Satisfaction with Advisor Experience

By measures of trustworthiness, dedicated relationships, and personalized advice, advisors are meeting investor standards

SIFMA-Cerulli Individual Investor Research Project

June 2020, Boston

Technology Funds Emerge as Winners from COVID-19

Consumer demand and business continuity benefit specialist firms

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, June 2020 Issue

June 2020, London

Paving the Path of Least Resistance Will Yield Investor Assets

As providers seek to become their clients’ all-in-one financial hub, they must be poised to offer services at key inflection points in the evolution of clients’ needs

The Cerulli Report—Retail Investor Products and Platforms 2020: Optimizing Platform Opportunity

June 2020, Boston

Once the Domain of Wirehouses, Managed Accounts Have Generated Interest in New Channels

The Cerulli Edge—Managed Accounts Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

June 2020, Boston

Tailored Business Strategies Needed to Target Asian Markets

Managers should seek opportunities in untapped business segments amid market fluctuations

The Cerulli Report—Asian Distribution Dynamics 2020: Gaining the Competitive Edge

June 2020, Singapore

Insights from Behavioral Finance Highlight the Value of Professionally Managed Investment Solutions

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retirement Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

June 2020, Boston

International Managers Can Find Opportunities in the South African Asset Management Sector

Local institutional and retail investors and intermediaries are open to advice and partnerships, especially on responsible investment

The Cerulli Report—Asset Management in South Africa 2020: The Lie of the Land

June 2020, London

Model Providers Need to Confront the Reasons Why Advisors Are Not Using Models to Reach Potential Addressable Market

Cerulli estimates the immediate addressable opportunity at $2.1 trillion by 2020E; collecting assets will require a long-term approach to strategic positioning and advisor education.

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Asset Allocation Model Portfolios 2020: How Models Fit into a Broader Portfolio Construction Solution Set

June 2020, Boston

Investors’ Risk Appetite Could be Permanently Altered by COVID-19—Time for Advisors to Reassess Investment Goals

More than ever, advisors must innovate their approach to position clients for long-term success

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retail Investor Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

June 2020, Boston

Continuous Education and Certification Provides Advisors with Greater Differentiation

Exposure to continuous education and industry resources provided by the Investments & Wealth Institute grants advisors the resources to enhance client outcomes

June 2020, Denver

Pandemic Leads to Unusual Pandemonium in Safe-Haven Bonds and Equities

In Europe, both bond and equity funds suffer mass withdrawals amid COVID-19 crisis

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, June 2020 Issue

June 2020, London

Uncertainty Following the COVID-19 Outbreak Prompts Conversations Surrounding Health, Wealth, and Financial Wellness

Market volatility drives the need for comprehensive guidance and financial wellness programs

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Retirement End-Investor 2020: Helping Participants Navigate Uncertainty

June 2020, Boston

Interval Funds Draw New Interest from Asset Managers Seeking Flexibility and Improved Revenue Generation

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends, May 2020 Issue

May 2020, Boston

European Insurers Are Seeking Increasing Assistance with Their Investment Portfolios

Outsourcing is growing, creating opportunities for external asset managers; however, fee pressure will be a key challenge

The Cerulli Report—European Insurance Industry 2020: Meeting Insurers’ Evolving Needs

May 2020, London

European ETFs Survive the Redemption Test

Coronavirus panic dispels liquidity fears, but launches dry up 

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, May 2020 Issue

May 2020, London

Bond Funds Poised to Maintain Strong Growth in Southeast Asia

Fixed-income funds saw high inflows last year and the trend is expected to continue this year, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, May 2020 Issue

May 2020, Singapore

Capital Preservation Takes Center Stage for High-Net-Worth Investors During the Market Downturn

Catering to high-net-worth investors requires asset and wealth managers to position capital preservation and tax-effective solutions

The Cerulli Report—U.S. High-Net-Worth and Ultra-Net-Worth Markets 2019: Multigenerational Shifts in Wealth

May 2020, Boston

“Democratization” of Private Investments for Europe’s Retail Fund Investors

The number of products targeting high-net-worth and affluent clients is growing

The Cerulli Edge—Europe Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

May 2020, London

Asset Managers See Fintech Push as Key Priority for Business Growth in Southeast Asia

Offering robo-advisory services to clients emerges as top priority in Cerulli’s survey of managers 

The Cerulli Report—Asset Management in Southeast Asia 2020: Preparing for the Coming New Age

May 2020, Singapore

As ETFs Deviate from NAVs, Advisors Need Education on Using Mutual Fund and ETF Vehicles in Concert

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, May 2020 Issue

May 2020, Boston

Impact Investing in Europe Is Set to Benefit From Fiduciary Demand, But Challenges Remain

A shortage of asset managers offering impact strategies is hampering progress

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, May 2020 Issue

May 2020, London

Health Systems Gradually Augment Private Equity Allocations to Pursue Both Strategic Objectives and Yield Targets

Systems seek yield amid expectations of lower future equity returns

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Institutional Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

April 2020, Boston

Long-Term Mutual Funds and ETFs Experience Double-Digit Asset Declines While Money Market Funds Added More Than $700 billion in Net Flows

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends Edition, April 2020 Issue

April 2020, Boston

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Gold’s Safe Haven Status

Precious metal investments are not responding as expected to the ongoing crisis

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, April 2020 Issue

April 2020, London

Indian Managers Gear Up for Passive Products

The local mutual fund industry is seeing increasing activity in the passive segment with the launch of ETFs and index funds

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, April 2020 Issue

April 2020, Singapore

Sponsors Rediscover Proprietary Asset Management

After exiting the asset management space, sponsors look to re-enter market 

The Cerulli Edge—Managed Accounts Edition, 1Q 2020 Issue

April 2020, Boston

The Race to Zero Provides Advisors with Greater Portfolio Possibilities

Cost savings is only one of many benefits advisors will realize as a result of zero-commission trading on ETFs

The Cerulli Edge―U.S. Advisor Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

April 2020, Boston

European Investors are Embracing ESG While Looking to Cut Costs Where Possible

Investors and distributors are looking for ESG products, diversified passive options, and long-term partnerships

The Cerulli Report—European Distribution Dynamics 2020: Cross-Roads and Cross-Borders

April 2020, London

Registered Investment Advisor Channel Growth Soars

Autonomy, financial gain, and marketing flexibility motivate advisors to establish independence

The Cerulli Edge―U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, April 2020 Issue

April 2020, Boston

Asia ex-Japan Insurers Step Up in Difficult Times

Fund managers, too, have a role to play

The Cerulli Edge—Asia-Pacific Edition, 2Q 2020 Issue

April 2020, Singapore

Secondaries Are Playing a Greater Role in Private Equity Investing in Europe

Investors are attracted by the opportunity to diversify a variety of exposures

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, April 2020 Issue

April 2020, London

China’s Digital Channels Thrive Amid Public Health Risks

Investors are picking up financial knowledge online, while fund managers and distribution channels are boosting their digital presence

The Cerulli Edge—China Edition, 1Q 2020 Issue

March 2020, Singapore

Japanese Equity Funds: Time for European Investors to Take a Longer-Term View

The coronavirus pandemic may tip the weakened economy into recession

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, March 2020 Issue

March 2020, Boston

Mutual Fund and ETF Assets Plunge in February, Set to Decline Further in March

Net flows remain positive, yet mutual fund assets declined 5%, ETFs drop nearly 7%

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends, March 2020 Issue

March 2020, Boston

Advisory Model Gains Some Needed Ground

Regulator-led changes in China and Taiwan help the fee-based advisory model gather momentum

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, March 2020 Issue

March 2020, Singapore

More Than 40% of 401(k) Plan Participants Lack an Official Source of Retirement Advice

Advisors must assess retirement readiness and provide clients with holistic solutions

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retirement Edition, 1Q 2020 Issue

March 2020, Boston

Retirement Plan Providers Confront Need for Cybersecurity Measures

New participant data gathered for financial wellness initiatives underscores need for comprehensive data safeguards

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Retirement Markets 2019: Looking Toward Holistic Solutions for Participants and Plan Sponsors

March 2020, Boston

Alternative Managers Need to Adapt Their Fee Structures in Response to Increasing Price Sensitivity

Creative pricing can help managers win and retain institutional investors’ business

The Cerulli Report—European Alternative Investments 2020: Matching Different Demands

March 2020, London

Accessibility and Understanding of Investors’ Risk Tolerance Levels Will Help Advisors Retain Assets During Turbulent Market Conditions

Recent market volatility should prompt advisors to reinforce their value proposition through proactive outreach and risk analysis

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retail Investor Edition, 1Q 2020 Issue

March 2020, BOSTON

Who or What is to Blame for the Plight of the U.K.’s Defined Contribution Retirees?

The issues include a lack of innovative products and poor education

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, March 2020 Issue


Health and Hospital Systems Seek to Boost Allocations to Alternative Investments

These institutions turn to these products particularly through increases to private equity investments

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends Edition, February 2020 Issue

February 2020, Boston

Australian Investors Warm Up to Sustainable Themes

Awareness of climate change has raised the profile of ESG investments

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends, February 2020 Issue

February 2020, Singapore

Floating-Rate Funds: Still Relevant for Investors’ Diversification?

Outlook on interest rates could have little effect on popularity of such funds, but other options may hold greater appeal for European investors 

The Cerulli Edge—European Monthly Product Trends, February 2020 Issue

February 2020, London

Quality and Quantity Are Essential if Europe’s Fledgling Green Bond Market is to Keep Growing

Regulation is needed to tackle “greenwashing,” but getting the balance right will be crucial

The Cerulli Edge—Europe Edition, 1Q 2020 Issue

February 2020, London

Fixed-Indexed Annuity Products Set for Banner-Year Growth

To maintain momentum, insurers should look to new transparent designs and features that will entice new advisors and clients to the product.

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Annuity Markets 2019: Adapting to Financial Advisory Trends

February 2020, Boston

Regulation Will Be a Driver of Demand for Specific ESG Capabilities

U.K. asset managers can use the updated Stewardship Code to their benefit

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, February 2020 issue.

February 2020, London

OCIO Search Consultants Rise as Influential Intermediaries

Search consultants offer clients transparency in an industry that can often seem opaque.

The Cerulli Edge―U.S. Institutional Edition, 1Q 2020 issue.

February 2020, Boston

40% of Advisor-Managed Assets Could Be Better Serviced by Technology

Opportunity knocks for strategic partners that can solve advisor pain points and address technology gaps

The Cerulli Report―U.S. Advisor Metrics 2019.

February 2020, Boston

A More Diverse Advisorforce Can Help Counteract Looming Talent Shortage

As advisor retirements accelerate, so does the need for innovative recruiting and retention strategies

The Cerulli Edge―U.S. Advisor Edition, 1Q 2020 issue.

February 2020, Boston

Amid Push for Wrapper-Agnostic Products, Semi-Transparent Active ETF Filings Show Promise

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends Edition, January 2020 Issue

January 2020, Boston

Buoyant Outlook for Asia’s Insurance Annuities

Insurance annuities are likely to remain the preferred route to retirement planning

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, January 2020 Issue

January 2020, Boston

Is an Absolute Return to the Good Days Possible?

Asset managers will need to improve performance and cap strategies

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, January 2020 Issue

January 2020, London

Hedge Fund ESG Activism Helps Managers Drive Change

Activists are driving shareholder value through changes at the board level

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, January 2020 issue

JANUARY 2020, BOSTON

As Risk Mitigation Replaces Alpha Generation, Advisors Can Miss the Forest for the Trees

After a long run-up in equity markets and given low yields, advisors are more focused on risk management, and less fixated on excess returns and alpha generation

January 2020, Boston

Retail Investor Demand for ESG Funds is Set to Rise in Europe in 2020

Increasing product choice and new regulation will be the driving forces

The Cerulli Edge―European Monthly Product Trends, December 2019 issue

January 2020, London

Active Equity Funds Set to Continue Evolving

A passive-active combination is emerging in equity strategies

The Cerulli Edge―Global Edition, January 2020 issue.

January 2020, London

Asia’s Fund Industry Stays Resilient Despite Uncertainties

Market volatility impacts growth, but opportunities are present in various segments

 The Cerulli Edge—Asia-Pacific Edition, 1Q 2020 issue

January 2020, Singapore

Asia’s Investment-Linked Segment Still Attractive for Managers

Despite slowing growth in some markets, investment-linked product assets remain sticky

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, December 2019 Issue

December, 2019, Singapore

In an Era of Shrinking Margins and Expanding Responsibilities, Retirement Plan Providers Can Either Get Big or Get Smart

In order to succeed, providers must consider economies of scale and be prepared to make substantial investments in technology

The Cerulli Report―U.S. Retirement Markets 2019: Looking Toward Holistic Solutions for Participants and Plan Sponsors

December 2019, Boston

Managers Yield to Fee Demands from Institutions

As institutions re-direct risk budgets toward esoteric strategies, traditional managers rethink product development initiatives and negotiation tactics

The Cerulli Report―North American Institutional Markets 2019: Institutional Product Development and Fee Negotiation

December 2019, Boston

Non-Transparent ETFs Provide Issuers and Asset Managers Renewed Optimism

Products will offer differentiation and revenue growth opportunities, but price, choice, and quality challenges must be overcome

The Cerulli Report―U.S. Exchange-Traded Fund Markets 2019: Expanding Beyond Passive

December 2019, Boston

Branding is a Strategic Priority for European Asset Managers

Managers throughout the region increasingly focus their marketing efforts on promoting their brand identities

The Cerulli Report—European Marketing and Sales Organizations 2019: Harnessing Technology to Win Business

December 2019, London

China’s Fund Managers Expand into Investment Advisory

This expansion is a timely move as foreign managers prepare for further market liberalization in 2020

The Cerulli Report―Asset Management in China 2019

December 2019, Singapore

ESG Allocations to Flourish Among High-Net-Worth Practices as U.S. Assets Shift to Next Generation

Almost 60% of HNW practices currently use ESG/SRI and plan to increase allocations in the next year

The Cerulli Report―U.S. High-Net-Worth and Ultra-High-Net-Worth Markets 2019: Multigenerational Shifts in Wealth

December 2019, Boston

More and More Responsible Investment Funds Are Being Launched to Meet Demand in Europe

Retail and institutional asset owners across the region want ESG factors to play a role in investment decision-making

The Cerulli Report—European Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing 2019: Setting Standards and Enhancing Integration

December 2019, London

Europe’s Fund Managers Continue to See Value in the Direct Approach

Institutional investor allocations to direct lending funds are set to rise, despite the risks

The Cerulli Edge—Global Edition, December 2019 Issue

December 2019, London

Asia ex-Japan Insurance Outsourcing on the Rise

Insurers' outsourcing practices differ by market; China offers the highest chances for non-affiliated managers in near term

The Cerulli Report—Asia Insurance Industry 2019: Gearing Up for Regulatory Complexities

November 2019, Singapore

ESG Is a Plus for European Investors into Emerging Market Funds

Environmental, social, and governance factors are benefiting performance

The Cerulli Edge—European Monthly Product Trends Edition, November 2019 Issue

November 2019, London

Bonds Take Center Stage Across Asia

Investors look for products with low risk and capital protection in a risk-off environment

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, November 2019 Issue

November 2019, Singapore

OCIO Market Shows Signs of Maturity, but with Areas of Emerging Growth and Standardization

A maturing market puts pressure on OCIO providers to spend more time justifying fees, engaging search consultants, and considering expansion opportunities

The Cerulli Report―U.S. Outsourced Chief Investment Officer Function 2019: Emerging Trends in a Maturing Industry

November 2019, Boston

Potential Acquisition Opportunities Within the RIA Market Amount to More Than $2 Trillion

An impending succession crisis, advisor migration toward independence, and growth challenges set consolidation in motion among RIAs

The Cerulli Report―U.S. RIA Marketplace 2019: Consolidators Gain Momentum

November 2019, Boston

European Asset Managers’ Marketing and Sales Functions Are Evolving Rapidly

Asset management marketers are taking on a more strategic role and their sales colleagues are building their technical skills

The Cerulli Report―European Marketing and Sales Organizations 2019: Harnessing Technology to Win Business

November 2019, London

Passive Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing is Set to Grow

More indices are tilting and weighting benchmarks in line with investors’ ESG priorities

The Cerulli Edge—Europe Edition, 4Q 2019 Issue

November 2019, London

Asset Managers Hesitate to Ink Their Commitment to ESG

Challenged by myriad factors around clarity and standards of terminology, asset managers are reluctant to document their commitment to responsible investing in prospectuses and other formal investment documents.

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing 2019: Meeting Evolving Investor Expectations

November 2019, Boston

For Wealth Managers, Brand Equity Has Never Been More Important

Investors’ search for their next advice provider rarely extends beyond providers that are top-of-mind

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retail Investor Edition, 4Q 2019 Issue

November 2019, Boston

Rising Institutional Demand for Specialist Solutions in Asia

Managers need to look beyond traditional service and expand niche offerings to increasingly sophisticated asset owners

The Cerulli Report—Institutional Asset Management in Asia 2019: Meeting the Need for Niche Solutions

October 2019, Singapore

Advisor Retirements Expected to Set More Than One-Third of Industry Assets in Motion

To retain assets, broker/dealers should consider rookie advisor recruiting efforts, advisor teaming, and succession planning tools

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Broker/Dealer Marketplace 2019: Value Levers—Technology, Planning, and Practice Management

October 2019, Boston

An Existing Relationship Isn’t Enough for Asset Managers to Win OCIO Mandates

More capabilities are required to establish a beachhead in the OCIO arena

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, November 2019 Issue

November 2019, Boston

Machine Learning is Expanding ESG Opportunities for Hedge Funds

Customized environmental, social, and governance portfolios are among the gains

The Cerulli Edge—Global Edition, November 2019 Issue

November 2019, London

In the Fight Against Fee Pressure, Managers Continue to Adjust Their Strategies Through More Creative Approaches

The Cerulli Report—The State of U.S. Retail and Institutional Asset Management 2019: Recognizing Opportunity Across Client Segments

October 2019, Boston

Europe’s Property Funds Performing Strongly in Challenging Circumstances

Region’s real estate market is robust, despite Brexit and pressure on returns

The Cerulli Edge—European Monthly Product Trends Edition, October 2019 Issue

October 2019, London

Marketing and Technology Efforts from Financial Advice Providers May Be Missing the Mark

More than one-third of investors have yet to find their optimal advice relationship

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Retail Investor Advice Relationships 2019: Scaling Personalized Advice

October 2019, Boston

Australia Gets Ahead in Responsible Investments

Market fuelled by changing investor attitudes and growing disclosures of ESG risks

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, October 2019 Issue

October 2019, Singapore

Cost-Conscious Asian Institutions Lean Toward Exchange-Traded Funds

But actives face little threat as ETFs used for specific purposes

The Cerulli Report—ESG and ETFs in Asia: Assessing the Impact and Potential

October 2019, Singapore

Only 7% of Advisor Practices That Insource Investment Decisions Are at Scale to Do So

Understanding these practices’ defining characteristics can assist third parties’ segmentation strategies

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Advisor Edition, 4Q 2019 Issue

October 2019, Boston

Underperforming Advisors Pose Risk, but Some Managed Account Sponsors Won’t Interfere

A notable minority of sponsors refuse to monitor advisor performance for fear of alienating advisors

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Managed Accounts Edition, 3Q 2019 Issue

October 2019, Boston

Insurers Seeking Book Yield Plan Shift to Private and Structured Debt and Alternatives

Insurance institutions are growing increasingly concerned about the extended corporate credit cycle. Third-party asset managers working with insurers stand to benefit.

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Insurance General Accounts 2019: Targeting Institutional Investment Opportunities

October 2019, Boston

Pressing Needs for Pension Reform in Asia

Pension policy changes are being made to boost fund returns and raise contributions

The Cerulli Edge―Asia-Pacific Edition, 4Q 2019 Issue

October 2019, Singapore

Asia’s Retail Retirement Sector Poised for Growth

The retail segment is gradually picking up with efforts to develop the third pillar

The Cerulli Report—Asian Retirement Markets 2019: Eyeing the Golden Nest Egg

October 2019, Singapore

Innovation is Key to Long-Term Success in the QDIA Space

The next generation of default investment strategies can help participants plan, save, and generate retirement income

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Defined Contribution Distribution 2019: Opportunities for Differentiation in a Competitive Landscape

October 2019, Boston

As Product Proliferation Intensifies, Managers Should Assess Demand and Capabilities

Building out new investment vehicle offerings has been a recent priority for asset managers as the mutual fund slips from dominance

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Product Development 2019: A Roadmap to Vehicle Proliferation

October 2019, Boston

Subadvisory Agreements Open the Door to the U.S. Market for European Managers

ESG and thematic funds are most likely to attract subadvised assets
The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, October 2019 Issue

October 2019, Boston

Demand for Exchange-Traded Funds is Broadening

The rise of bond ETFs is an example of appeal spreading to other asset classes

The Cerulli Edge—Global Edition, October 2019 Issue

October 2019, London

Retail Client Channel Allocations to Alternatives Have Room to Grow

Increased product development and use of alternative investment platforms can aid distribution

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends Edition, September 2019 Issue

September 2019, Boston

An Open and Closed Case for Investing in Unlisted Companies

Reducing the risks highlighted by Woodford’s woes

The Cerulli Edge—European Monthly Product Trends Edition, September 2019 Issue

September 2019, London

Investors in South Korea Show Healthy Appetite for ETFs

Competition heats up as providers rush to cut fees, but some are finding other ways of gaining marketshare

The Cerulli Edge—Asian Monthly Product Trends Edition, September 2019 Issue

September 2019, Singapore

Alternative Asset Managers Eye Retail Client Channels

Alternatives are moving downmarket, offering investor portfolios downside risk protection and diversification; yet advisor adoption remains low

The Cerulli Report—U.S. Alternative Investments 2019: Democratization of Alternatives

September 2019, Boston

Responsible Investment and the Use of Passives Are Taking Hold in Switzerland

Swiss retail investors increasingly want environmental, social, and governance factors to feature in their portfolios

The Cerulli Report—Asset Management in Switzerland 2019: Achieving Success in a Growing Asset Management Market

September 2019, London

Top Asian Asset Owners Drive ESG Momentum in The Region

As interest and commitment grows, managers should at least have ESG policies in place

The Cerulli Report—ESG and ETFs in Asia 2019: Assessing the Impact and Potential

September 2019, Singapore

Target-Date Funds Can’t Escape Fee Compression

Increased fee sensitivity compels target-date asset managers and retirement plan consultants to consider new options for product development

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Retirement Edition, 3Q 2019 Issue

September 2019, Boston

Increased Consolidation and Competition are Reshaping Europe’s Pension Markets

Larger pension schemes want to build close relationships with just a few asset manager partners, so firms should be prepared to collaborate

The Cerulli Report—European Institutional Dynamics 2019: Addressable Opportunities for Asset Management

September 2019, London

Success of Giant Active Mutual Fund Families Offers Roadmap for Smaller Firms

Despite active funds’ net outflows, a few firms have garnered organic growth, offering a unique microcosm to examine the forces shaping the active space
The Cerulli Report—U.S. Intermediary Distribution 2019: Capitalizing on Specialization

September 2019, Boston

Client Experience Delivers Walletshare Gains

Using technology to streamline asset consolidation is key to growing walletshare

The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Asset and Wealth Management Edition, September 2019 Issue

September 2019, Boston

Europe’s Insurers Are Seeking Strategic Partnerships with Asset Managers

Expertise sought to ease regulatory burden and improve investment returns
The Cerulli Edge—Global Edition, September 2019 Issue

September 2019, London

RFP Teams Struggle to Meet Turnaround Times as Volumes Skyrocket and Complexity Increases

Additional resources will be required for teams to continue meeting current turnaround times

The Cerulli Report—Institutional Marketing and Sales Organizations 2019: Deploying Resources and Analytics for the Acquisition and Retention of Client Assets

August 2019, Boston

CITs Offer Major Cost Advantages, But Education and Transparency Will be Essential

Assets in collective investment trusts (CITs) have grown significantly in recent years due to increased demand for lower-cost vehicle options

 

August 2019, Boston

New Onshore Opportunities Await Foreign Managers in China

Amid accelerating market liberalization, challenges remain in tapping assets

The Cerulli Report—Asset Management in China 2019: Setting the Right Strategies

August 2019, Singapore

U.S. Offshore Market Dominates Latin American Cross-Border Fund AUM, but Stalled Growth Looms

Myriad factors could upset asset accumulation; large U.S. wirehouses are best positioned

The Cerulli Report—Latin American Distribution Dynamics 2019: Widening Opportunities in an Increasingly Addressable Market


Investments & Wealth Institute 2019 Member Profile Reveals Pivot to Holistic Wealth Planning

Investments & Wealth Institute member composition is predominantly from independent channels

August 2019, DENVER/BOSTON

Almost Half of Asset Owners Are Placing High Importance on Integrating Responsible Investment Practices into Hedge Funds

Hedge fund managers face increasing demands from asset owners that want improved ESG reporting standards and increased commitment to ESG integration and engagement

Cerulli White Papers - Responsible Investment in Hedge Funds: The Growing Importance of Impact and Legacy

July 2019, Boston

Outsourced CIO at an Inflection Point

New findings from a Cerulli research survey reveal strong OCIO growth ahead, but institutions are demanding more

Research study on behalf of BlackRock: OCIO at an Inflection Point: Strong Growth Ahead, but Institutions Are Demanding More

March 2019, Boston

Money Management Institute and Cerulli Associates to Consolidate Investment Advisory Solutions Industry Data

Industry Leaders to Combine Previously Separate Efforts

August 2018, Boston

Small-Business Owners Report Greater Trust in Financial Services Companies over Associations or Government Entities to Provide Retirement Plans

Recent survey sponsored by the SPARK Institute and conducted by Cerulli Associates

April 2019, Simsbury, CT