October 2, 2018
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The 2018 Study of Pricing & Profitability, which is conducted by InvestmentNews and sponsored by BNY Mellon’s Pershing Advisor Solutions, indicates that registered investment advisor (RIA) revenues have improved compared to 2015—the last time this same study was conducted.
However, the study—which includes responses from 385 advisory firms—also reveals that assets under management (AUM) growth is predominantly driven by market performance. Further, even as firms have gone on a hiring spree, they have yet to realize meaningful productivity gains from new hires.
“That the main growth driver for RIAs is the overall performance of the market should be a flag for our profession,” said Gabriel Garcia, managing director and head of relationship management at BNY Mellon’s Pershing Advisor Solutions. “With the economy still running high, now is the time for firms to take a critical look at their business and identify areas of investment and improvement.”
“First and foremost, firms have to find ways to maximize their investments in new hires. Training is critical in that respect. Further, firms need to increase their focus on developing marketing and client experience strategies to help differentiate themselves in a demanding economy and increasingly competitive marketplace,” added Garcia.
Pointing to intensifying competition in the marketplace, the study reveals that the distance in performance between the largest and smallest firms is increasing, with the average-size firm reaching $4 million in revenue and the largest firms—which average more than $18 million in revenue—driving more than four times the revenue of the average firm.
“Conversation around succession and consolidation in the industry has been going on for more than a decade,” continued Garcia. “But after several years of consistent growth and profitability, we are now seeing unprecedented levels of capital flow into the industry, dramatically increasing the financing options available to advisors. For firms looking to position themselves for long-term growth, there’s hardly been a better time to put in place the measures that will help gain market share and build a resilient business that will withstand market cycles.”
Among the study’s findings:
About The 2018 Study of Pricing & Profitability
The survey was conducted between March 27, 2018 and June 25, 2018. The data collected was analyzed and assessed by the teams at InvestmentNews Research and The Ensemble Practice. In total, qualified data was used from 385 independent advisory firms who supplied detailed financial information for their organizations, including data on clients, AUM, revenue, profit and loss statement, growth strategy, marketing, fees, staffing and recruiting, as well as compensation information for newly hired or promoted staff members.
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