Executive Insights

Sionline's Executive Insights provide timely and informative commentaries on topics critical to the fund business. Written by Strategic Insight's research team, they draw from our published reports, client work, and observations of recent trends and news in the industry.

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Money Management Financial Comparisons 2015      6/8/2016
  This report, published annually since 1988, provides a summary of the financial results of 21 money managers with publicly held equity.
   
U.S. Intermediary-Sold Fund Distribution Review Q1'2016      5/17/2016
  This report examines distribution channel size and growth, as well as investor demand trends within both mutual funds and ETFs during Q1'2016. It based on the intermediary-sold fund distribution data transparency contained in Simfund Pro, 7.0. This data encompasses asset and net flow information (updated monthly) for roughly $9 trillion of open-end stock and bond mutual fund and ETF assets across over 900 distributors and nine distribution channels.
   
Evolving Active/Passive Considerations and Perspectives around Advisor Demand "Elasticity"       4/20/2016
  This report analyzes key drivers of current and future advisor demand for active and passive strategies, as well as evolving marketplace considerations for active fund managers today and moving forward.
   
Trends and Innovation in Multi-Strategy Alternative Funds      3/24/2016
  This report will focus on the rising prominence of multi-strategy alternative (MSA) funds, products which incorporate several non-traditional investment styles within one portfolio. Product innovation in MSA funds has been highly active recently, with many new funds coming to market and new managers entering the space. This report will take a closer look at the growth of MSA funds and will examine trends in product development, investor demand, and advisory structure.
   
U.S. Intermediary-Sold Fund Distribution Review 2015       2/8/2016
  This report looks back at important takeaways from mutual fund and ETF distribution trends across channel during 2015, and looks ahead at key potential areas of opportunity into 2016 and beyond. It based on the intermediary-sold fund distribution data transparency contained in Simfund Pro, 7.0. This data encompasses asset and net flow information (updated monthly) for roughly $9 trillion of open-end stock and bond mutual fund and ETF assets across over 900 distributors and nine distribution channels. The report assesses distribution channel size and growth, as well as investor demand trends within both mutual funds and ETFs.
   
Perspectives on Bond Fund and High Yield Outflow Pressures Across Distribution Channels       12/17/2015
  The recent turmoil within the high yield bond market, along with the Fed's interest rate move and the prospects of entering a potentially prolonged period of rising rates, has again elevated dialogues around redemption pressures and liquidity management within bond funds. Beyond the current narrative, such issues should continue to be an important theme into 2016 and beyond - spurred by both market conditions, as well as regulatory debate and practical implementation around the SEC's recently proposed liquidity management program.
   
Product Watch - November 2015      11/18/2015
  This issue of Product Watch highlights the key themes in product innovation over the past several months, including case studies of equity income funds, emerging market bond funds, and actively managed ETFs.
   
U.S. Intermediary-Sold Fund Distribution Review Q3'2015       11/12/2015
  This ongoing report series from Strategic Insight provides highlights of mutual fund and ETF distribution trends by channel, based on the intermediary-sold fund distribution data transparency contained in Simfund Pro, 7.0. This data encompasses asset and net flow information (updated monthly) for roughly $9 trillion of open-end stock and bond mutual fund and ETF assets across over 900 distributors and nine distribution channels. The Q3'2015 report assesses distribution channel size and growth, as well as investor demand trends within both mutual funds and ETFs during the quarter.
   
Contractual Management Fee Breakpoint Schedule Comparison Fiscal Year 2014      10/15/2015
  The report provides contractual management fee breakpoint schedule summary statistics for actively managed open-end mutual funds aggregated into 62 Morningstar Categories. Contractual management fees combine the contractual advisory fee schedule and contractual administrator fee schedule. If a contractual administrator fee schedule is not disclosed, then the actual administrator fee as reported in the most recent audited annual report is substituted into the calculation.
   
Mutual Fund Industry Fee and Expense Benchmarks Fiscal Year 2014      10/15/2015
  The report provides fee and expense benchmarks for actively managed open-end mutual funds aggregated into 61 Morningstar Categories or Strategic Insight Objectives
   
Assessing the Growth of Fundamental Index ETFs      9/17/2015
  This report takes an in-depth look at fundamental index ETFs, one of the most prominent trends in product development in recent years. Strategic Insight defines these funds, often referred to as “smart beta,” as index funds which weight their holdings in ways other than by market cap. This report examines the growth of such alternately weighted funds, analyzing facets such as asset class composition, patterns of demand, product innovation, pricing, and distribution trends.
   
U.S. Intermediary-Sold Fund Distribution Review Q2'2015      8/6/2015
  This ongoing report series from Strategic Insight provides highlights of mutual fund and ETF distribution trends by channel, based on the intermediary-sold fund distribution data transparency contained in Simfund Pro, 7.0. This data encompasses asset and net flow information (updated monthly) for over $9 trillion of open-end stock and bond mutual fund and ETF assets across over 900 distributors and nine distribution channels.
   
Newly Launched Funds: Advisor Acceptance and Pace of Adoption Across Distribution Channels       7/21/2015
  Shifting demand characteristics and the diversity of product innovation being offered into the marketplace by fund managers have combined to elevate the role that some new funds play in advisors’ portfolio construction. While new funds can present certain distribution challenges, the ability to efficiently gather assets within newly launched strategies is becoming increasingly important for both new and established managers. In this report, Strategic Insight analyzes demand for newly launched mutual funds and ETFs across distribution channels – including the pace of adoption, as well as the types of funds finding success.
   
Product Watch - July 2015      7/9/2015
  This issue of ProductWatch highlights the key themes in product innovation over the past several months, including case studies of unconstrained bond funds, socially conscious funds, and currency hedged ETFs
   
Money Management Financial Comparisons 2014      5/27/2015
  This annually published report provides a summary of the financial results of 21 money managers with publicly held equity. The companies included in our survey managed a total of $10.4 trillion at the end of 2014, an increase of 6% from the $9.9 trillion managed at the end of 2013. Aggregate net income was $10.5 billion in 2014, up from $9.4 billion in the previous year.