RIAs Are the Biggest Asset Gatherers, but Online Brokers Grow Faster in Q1

RIAs are still the gazelles of asset gathering, but the online channel is a cheetah gathering speed.

According to the most recent Fund Distribution Intelligence report from Lake Success, N.Y.-based Broadridge Financial Solutions, RIAs were the fastest growing channel for fund investing in the first quarter of 2017, with new assets of $52 billion.

All told, RIAs are responsible for $2.5 trillion of retail mutual fund and ETF assets, good enough to remain the largest retail channel. The second largest channel by assets, independent broker-dealers, had approximately $2.46 trillion in assets, while wirehouses accounted for nearly $1.8 trillion in assets.

The online channel, also called the discount channel, while much smaller than the top three, is currently the second-fastest growing industry channel in terms of assets, attracting $39 billion during the first quarter of 2017.

from FA News http://www.fa-mag.com/news/rias-are-the-biggest-asset-gatherers–but-online-brokers-grow-faster-in-q1-32628.html

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