RIA Valuation Insights

A weekly update on issues important to the Asset Management industry


Stagnating Growth May Trigger More Dealmaking for Asset Managers

Some of our recent musings on mutual fund outflows and multiple contraction may actually have positive implications for RIA deal-making in 2016 and beyond. The maturation of the mutual fund industry and active fund managers will likely spur consolidation and buying opportunities for those looking to add scale. With valuations and market caps down over the last eighteen months or so, the affordability index has gotten a lot better for many of these businesses.

Mutual Fund Providers Down Sharply as ETFs Continue to Gain Ground

So far this month, the sports world has seen two incredible streaks finally come to an end – Golden State suffered its first regular season home defeat in 54 games, and Real Madrid snapped FC Barcelona’s 39 game unbeaten run in last weekend’s Clasico match-up. Both teams are still poised to retain their respective NBA and La Liga titles this year and break numerous records in the process, assuming their top producers continue their recent form. One streak that remains, albeit less reportedly, is passive funds’ dominance over their active counterparts over the last year.

Asset Manager Valuations Mixed After a Rocky Q1

From a valuation perspective, it appears that alternative asset managers fared the best in Q1. However, closer inspection reveals a bleak quarter for the publicly traded hedge funds and private equity firms in our alternative asset manager index.

Exits Overview: 2015 Market Imbalance Drives Down IPOs

2015 was a peak for private equity, but as 2015 unfolded, so did a growing imbalance between the public and the private markets. In this post, we consider recent trends and wonder – what’s next for VC?

Business Divorces at RIA Firms

Many times, conflicts with shareholders are unavoidable and are the natural bi-product of ownership transition and firm evolution. In these instances, a carefully crafted buy-sell agreement (“BSA”) can resolve these disputes in a fair and equitable manner (from a financial point of view) if the valuation process avoids common pitfalls. In this post, we discuss these pitfalls and how to keep your buy-sell agreement free of surprises.

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