How Launching a Mutual Fund Can Help Advisers Manage More Effectively –
While the mutual fund asset pool continues to grow, fund managers are also seeing increases in money put into Separately Managed Accounts. With gross assets – or Regulatory Assets Under Management – near $38 trillion, according to the Investment Adviser Association, SMAs have reached levels not seen since before the financial crisis.
Although investors are clearly noticing some of the advantages to these accounts, such as customized strategies, a high level of personal attention from their money managers, and the ability to see all of their specific holdings in one statement, there can be some drawbacks. Hence, SMAs are not ideal for every investor due to the probability of incurring higher costs and experiencing minimum account size requirements.
To help investors avoid these problems, Ultimus VP of Client Strategies, Dave Carson, recommends cleaning up smaller accounts by launching a fund.