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Rep as PM: The Inside Scoop – Part 1

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI 2011 Fall Solutions Conference that was held in NYC last month.  It is part 1 of a 2 part series.  You can read part 2 by clicking here. Moderator: Marc Zeitoun, Managing Director, Head of Distribution, Rydex/SGI Panelists: Jay Link, Managing Director, Managed Solutions Group, Merrill […]

The Vanishing Tailwind of Economic Growth

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Conference Summaries

The tailwind of economic growth that drove our economy to new heights for the past thirty years has disappeared, according to Curtis Arledge during his session at the MMI 2011 Fall Solutions Conference.  The source of the tailwind was the extraordinary amount of debt taken on by the government, corporations and individuals, which reached levels not […]

Model Delivery is Risky Business, According to Money Managers Survey

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Conference Summaries, Industry Analysis

Most investment managers believe that the risks associated with communicating model changes to sponsors are significant and have the potential to result in negative impact to their firms. This was one of the results of a survey done by Dover Research as reported by Jean Sullivan at the Financial Research Association’s 9th Annual Managed Account […]

Are Managed Accounts Obsolete?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary from a session at the Financial Research Associates 9th Annual Managed Accounts Summit in Boston, MA. These are three of the most frequently asked questions regarding the managed solutions industry according to David Gardner, Principal, Smart Consulting Firm, LLC. Are managed accounts obsolete? David informed us that managed solutions today […]

Current Trends in the Electronic Payments Industry

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Conference Summaries

The following is a short summary of the keynote speech by Jeff Yabuki, President and CEO of Fiserv, Inc. Jeff talked about four drivers to build growth, profit and loyalty in the financial services industry: 1. “Away From” is the New Global Position Social media has become ubiquitous and is available on every mobile device.  You never […]

Managed Accounts: Future Trends, Projections and Opportunities

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary from a panel session at the Financial Research Associates 9th Annual Managed Accounts Summit in Boston, MA. Moderator: Phil Masterson, Managing Director, Investment Manager Services Division, SEI. Panelists: Andrew Clipper, Managing Director, Citi Investor Services, Tracy Gallman, SVP, Investment Products & Platform Development, LPL Financial, Paul Oliu, Director of Business […]

Fee-Based Advisors Clamoring for Muni Bond Ladders

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in Industry Analysis

Are fee-based advisors looking to move more managed account assets into municipal bonds?  There is evidence that this is the case and that muni bonds as a percentage of managed account assets could grow over the next few years. Research from MMI/Dover shows consistent growth of fixed-income SMA objectives that corresponds to a consistent decline in […]

Current Challenges for UMA Sponsors

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention. The moderator for this session was Lee Chertavian, Chairman & CEO, Placemark Investments. The panelists were Marilee Ferone, Executive Director, UBS Financial Services, Roger Paradiso, President, Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Russell W. Tipper, Director, Third Party Discretionary Programs, Managed Solutions Group Merrill Lynch. According to Dover […]

How Great Leaders Inspire Us to Take Action

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention. The speaker was Simon Sinek, Renowned Leadership Expert and author of Start With Why. “There are ‘leaders’ and ‘those who lead’,” Simon asserted.  Most companies have no clue why their customers are their customers.  They only think they know. Simon explained that […]

Taking Advantage of the Global Economic Expansion and Recovery

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention. The moderator for this session was Richard Hoey, Chief Economist, Bank of New York Mellon. The panelists were Michael Atkin, Head of Sovereign Credit Research, Putnam Investments, David R. Bailin, Managing Director and Global Head of Managed Investments, Citi Private Bank and […]