The asset management industry continues to evolve, with further commoditisation of liquid markets, the rise of investor appetites in ESG, Private Markets and Passive strategies and an increased focus on gender, ethnic and neuro-diversity in hiring practices. Many asset managers see this as a tipping point for firms to find a niche or be left behind by the large Tier 1 institutions that continued their M&A activities well into 2021. The prediction for this year is that client interest will be largely dictated by yield and thus an increased interest in Private Credit, Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate.

We have once again spoken with senior Heads of Distribution across the asset management sector in EMEA, Asia and the Americas to gauge industry sentiment towards asset growth, retention and the challenges presented in 2022.

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