Recent Trends in Asset Management

Industry Trends

This week, we’re sharing some recent media on trends in asset management and the outlook for M&A activity.  Most industry observers foresee an uptick in asset manager dealmaking as rising costs, asset outflows, and a heightened interest from consolidators incent many firms to pull the trigger on a sale or business combination with another RIA.    

Global Asset Management 2017 – The Innovator’s Advantage

by The Boston Consulting Group
BCG provides a detailed profile of the RIA industry, M&A trends, growth opportunities in a passive environment, and optimizing investment management for the digital age.

Latest Mercer Move Highlights Hot M&A Demand for Smaller Firms

by Charles Paikert
Though no relation to our firm, Mercer Advisors recently announced its fourth asset manager deal of the year, underscoring the desirability of smaller RIAs in a seller’s market.

Skill through Scale?  The Role of M&A in a Consolidating Industry – Investment Management M&A Outlook

by Casey Quirk, a practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP
Casey Quirk sees brisk M&A activity continuing in 2017 and beyond as a result of deteriorating economics, distributor consolidation, the need for new capabilities, and a shifting value chain.

Asset Manager Deal Wave Has Just Begun

by Aaron Black
This Wall Street Journal piece predicts continued consolidation in the RIA space as struggling active managers combine to stem the tide of asset outflows.

Minority Stake Sales Prop Up Investment Management Dealmaking Activity

by Joe Mantone
This recent piece by S&P Global Market Intelligence examines the heightened level of minority investments in asset managers in the context of slowing M&A volume for the sector.

Renewed Appetite – Alts Manager M&A Heats Up

With the continued “bar-belling” of investors’ portfolios and strong demand for alternative strategies in the current low-growth, low-yield environment, KPMG sees renewed appetite for dealmaking involving hedge funds and private equity firms.

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