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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 31, 2017 – Advisors invested client assets in actively managed funds in the first half of 2017, but net new flows were driven entirely by low fee and institutional priced share classes, according to data released today by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) via its Fund Distribution Intelligence. In the first six months of 2017, advisors from independent broker dealers and wirehouse firms added net new assets of $150 billion and $40 billion, respectively into institutionally priced actively managed funds. The majority of these positive flows were the result of conversions out of load funds (share class A, B and C), which decreased by $122 billion and $37 billion from independent and wirehouse broker dealers, respectively.
“Actively managed funds saw positive flows during the first half of 2017, even as advisors continue to invest client assets into passively managed ETFs and index funds at an increased rate,” said Frank Polefrone, senior vice president of Broadridge’s data and analytics business. “Net new asset flows into institutional shares of actively managed funds in the first half of 2017 is further proof that price and performance are the driving factors in advisor fund selection. We expect to see the move to lower fee share classes continue throughout 2017 as the majority of advisors move to a fee based practice, and the broker dealer home office realigns the mix of share classes offered to meet both client demand and regulatory requirements related to the DOL fiduciary rule.”
Lower Fee Products Take Hold in 2017
Virtually all net new assets in 2017 flowed to lower fee products – ETFs, index funds, and institutionally priced actively managed funds.
Net new assets into actively managed funds from all retail channels – independent broker dealer, wirehouse, RIA and online retail – were up $87 billion versus $48 billion for passively managed funds.
“Today’s advisors march to the drum beat of ‘fees, fees, fees’ and fund manufacturers without a low-cost solution are, at best, being ignored and at worst, getting trampled,” Jeff Tjornehoj, Broadridge’s director of fiduciary and compliance research. “While equity mutual funds have outflows of $69 billion collectively, those with an expense ratio of just 20 basis points or less have inflows of $93 billion. The battle ahead is about how fund sponsors will accept a fraction of what they historically collected. Even channels that traditionally supported premium priced products, such as wirehouses and broker dealers have shifted strategies based on fees.”
In the first half of 2017, overall assets for ETFs increased by 11.6 percent to $3.1 trillion.
Broadridge’s Fund Distribution Intelligence comprises the most complete sales and asset data collection in the industry, creating transparency into more than $10 trillion of long-term mutual fund and ETF assets across a majority of mutual fund distributors.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a $4.5 billion global Fintech leader, is a leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, asset and wealth managers and corporate issuers. Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 50 percent of public companies and mutual funds globally, and processes on average more than U.S. $10 trillion in fixed income and equity securities trades per day. Broadridge is part of the S&P 500® Index and employs over 12,000 associates in 17 countries.
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