Survey: Current Priorities and Challenges for Asset Managers

In the first quarter of 2020, WBR Insights asked 300 senior asset management professionals about their firms’ strategic priorities for the coming years and how they intend to pursue those goals. The survey also asked respondents whether they intend to look into new asset types and markets for asset growth, as well as about their regulatory and technological struggles; outsourcing and cost control issues; and data management and front office challenges. The recently issued survey report presents the results of the WBR Insights’ survey and Northern Trust’s insights. It explores how asset managers can use technology and outsourcing to control costs; assist with risk management and compliance; and facilitate expansion. This article explores the key findings from the survey report, with additional commentary from Ryan Burns, head of global fund services, North America, at Northern Trust. See “Transparency Tops Investment Considerations in Northern Trust Survey” (Jun. 29, 2017).

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