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Two years ago, we looked at consumer and product trends, falling asset management revenues, and projected growth of the Exchange Traded Product (ETP) market, opining that Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) could offer certain managers a solution to some of the business challenges they were facing. This proved to be a provident recommendation and a productive move for many managers, with substantial portions of long term mutual fund assets being siphoned off and redirected to lower cost ETFs. In fact, investors added over a trillion dollars in assets to ETFs from 9/30/15 through 7/31/17.
Since that time, the demands on managers and consolidation in the industry have only intensified.
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This article was originally published in November 2017. Although we believe the article continues to be materially correct, the topics addressed in the article are subject to rapid change.