Strategic Imperatives for Asset Managers

May 2013
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Strategic Imperatives for Asset Managers

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This paper presents a thematic introduction to the issues the asset management industry is facing, the key implications to asset managers, and the questions firms should be asking to best adapt their strategies and take advantage of these new and emerging industry demands.

A transformation of the asset management industry is taking place as traditional guideposts are replaced by a new set of market demands. Economic, technological, behavioral and demographic macro trends are driving the need for firms to re-evaluate their strategies and business models. This paper presents a thematic introduction to the issues the industry is facing, the key implications to asset managers, and the questions firms should be asking to best adapt their strategies and take advantage of these new and emerging industry demands.

The five key macro trends are highlighted below:

  • Rise and inter-connectivity of the emerging markets
  • Demographic change
  • Social and behavioral change
  • Technological change
  • Rise of state directed capitalism