Outlook on the asset management industry
According to Ted Levitt, Professor at the Harvard Business School, the future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious.1 Asset management is a virtual business, but operates within a relatively low-tech infrastructure.2 Asset managers are behind the curve on embracing new technology.3 There are some game changers that will redefine the industry, having it entering the 21st Century.2 The most likely source of disruption will come from social media or technology companies.2 By 2020, technology will have become mission critical to drive client engagement, data mining on prospects, and operational efficiency as well.2 Digital technologies and data innovation are quickly transforming operational aspects of asset management, becoming sources of competitive advantage.4 By 2020 most global asset managers will have a Chief Digital Officer (CDO).2
For a business to thrive in institutional asset and pensions management, we all have to look ahead, understand and anticipate the trends and forces mentioned above which will shape the future. Only this way we can move swiftly in preparation for what’s to come and stay successful in meeting objectives. This awareness is the basis of our vision for creating value added services. Investment consulting is globally an integral part of institutional asset management, and institutional investors’ need for financial advice is growing. Consequently, the need for market intelligence tailored to the needs of this sector is also growing. Our purpose is to explore the investment consulting sector from all perspectives in order to be the global leading provider of in-depth research on this important market segment. In this respect our vision is to be the preferred partner and the benchmark resource as a data and intelligence provider in consultant relations.
Our mission is to measure and calibrate the investment consulting business globally in order to enhance market transparency to the benefit of all stakeholders in institutional asset management. It’s about market intelligence that is relevant for the decision-making process and therefore of highly practical benefit. Our activities are designed to add value by making hard-to-find information accessible and accelerate the consultant relationship process. Asset managers rely on our insight to power their consultant relationship management IQ, boost business development, sales, revenues, and ultimately profit. Institutional investors benefit from the services by receiving full market transparency, being of high value in finding the best fitting investment consultant and for pricing negotiations. Investment consultants use our services for competitor watch, strategic planning, and M&A activities. Explore more …
1 Levitt, T. (1983) The Globalization of Markets, Harvard Business Review, May/June; 2 PWC (2014) Asset Management 2020 – A Brave New World; 3 KPMG (2014) Investing in the Future; 4 The Boston Consulting Group/BCG (2014) Global Asset Management – Steering the Course to Growth.