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The following commentary reflects highlights from Fund Distribution Intelligence (data as of September 30, 2014).
Total third party distribution of long-term mutual fund and ETF assets represented $9.24 trillion in the third quarter of 2014, down slightly (0.9 percent) from the previous quarter. Of the financial advisor channels, the independent broker dealer (IBD) channel was the only one to increase mutual fund and ETF assets under management (AUM) in the third quarter, accounting for $2.27 trillion.
RIAs remained second to IBDs in combined long-term mutual funds and ETFs assets, accounting for $1.72 trillion in the third quarter, followed by wirehouses with $1.63 trillion and the private bank channel with $1.43 trillion.
From a year-over-year (YoY) perspective, assets are growing significantly. ETFs and LTMF AUM are up 11.4 percent—approximately $1 trillion dollars. That growth is fueled in part by the sharp uptick of ETF AUM in the IBD (24.5 percent increase YoY) and RIA (17.7percent increase YoY). Combined LTMF AUM is also still experiencing significant growth, with a more than 10 percent increase since Q3 2013.
Fund Distribution IntelligenceTM comprises the most complete sales and asset data collection in the industry, creating transparency into more than $9 trillion of long-term mutual fund and ETF assets across 900+ distributors. This intelligence provides firms with critical information for distribution, product development and sales and marketing to make strategic decisions, effectively allocate resources, and accelerate growth. Data is collected monthly and can be analyzed by channel, geography and more. Data subject to occasional corrections and adjustments.
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