Total third-party long-term mutual fund and exchange traded fund (ETF) assets under management (AUM) increased 23% in 2013 to US$8.8 trillion, compared to US$7.1 trillion in 2012, according to data released by Access Data, a Broadridge Financial Solutions.
According to data released today on Broadridge’s Fund Distribution Intelligence tool, the independent channels – independent broker-dealers (IBDs) and registered investment advisers (RIAs) – are the largest distribution channels for long-term mutual funds and ETFs. Specifically, 2013 data shows:
- IBDs led in overall third-party distribution of long-term mutual funds and ETFs with US$2.05 trillion AUM, a 23% increase over the previous year
- The second largest channel was RIAs with US$1.62 trillion in fund and ETF AUM (a 17% increase over 2012), followed by the wirehouse channel with US$1.59 trillion
- Total AUM for retail third-party distribution of long-term funds and ETFs represents US$5.7 trillion, or 65% of all third-party distribution
- The institutional channels – private banks, national banks and trust companies – had combined AUM of US$3.1 trillion, or 35% of third-party distribution
The overall growth of the IBD channel, which has ranked number one in AUM versus all other distribution channels consistently from 2011 to 2013, is driven by long-term mutual funds with an increase in AUM of 24% in 2013.
This compares to an increase in long-term mutual funds for the RIA and wirehouse channel during 2013 of 13% and 14.6%, respectively. Within the RIA channel:
- ETFs are driving growth as demonstrated by a 33% increase in 2013
- ETF assets for the RIA channel also outpaced the IBD and wirehouse channels in 2013, which experienced an increase in ETF assets of 18% and 25%, respectively
Frank Polefrone, senior vice president, Access Data, Broadridge, said: "The independent retail channels continued on a strong growth path in 2013 and we expect IBDs and RIAs to remain the leading distribution channels of long-term mutual funds and ETFs in 2014. The data we gather shows that long-term funds are driving growth for IBDs, but ETFs gained a larger share of RIA asset growth in 2013. We’re working closely with our clients to help them understand which channels are driving the most growth and why, which provides them with insights by specific distributor including RIAs and IBDs making up the independent distribution channels. As a result, they have the market intelligence needed to effectively target emerging distributors and capitalize on growth opportunities in the market."
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