Companies in this industry manage the financial assets of corporate, institutional, and individual clients. Major companies include AXA Financial, BlackRock, Fidelity Investments, and State Street Corporation (all based in the US), as well as AMP Limited (Australia) and Old Mutual (UK). In addition, most major banks have asset management divisions.
Demand is driven by demographic and market trends such as the growing population of retirees and the accumulation of wealth and investable assets, as well as returns on investments. The profitability of individual companies depends on the volume and performance of the assets they manage. Large companies have advantages in providing expertise in a wide range of investment options. Small companies can compete by focusing on a single product or type of client. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest firms account for about 50% of revenue.
PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Major services include portfolio management and investment advice. Firms use diverse business models and manage a variety of assets, including mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), pension funds, hedge funds and venture capital funds.