Student housing market growing in popularity with investors

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By Byron Carlock Jr., US Real Estate Practice Leader – As the recovery cycle continues, the market similarly continues to indicate it may be a good time to invest in real estate.  An area of growing popularity within the real estate investing community includes student housing – a timely topic as the nation’s college students […]

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Industry game changer: Asset management moves center stage

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By John Siciliano, Managing Director, Asset Management Advisory and Global Strategy Lead – AM has long been in the shadows of its cousins in the banking and insurance industries. By 2020, it will have emerged definitively from their shadows. Historically, banks have dominated the financial landscape and traditionally been innovators, as well as first movers. At […]

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Active ETFs: Waiting in the Wings

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By Nigel Brashaw, Asset Management Partner – After being available to U.S. investors for approximately six years, active ETFs sport asset levels similar to those seen in passive ETFs after the same amount of time. Daily portfolio transparency requirements have proven to be a key stumbling block to the growth and innovation of active ETFs […]

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Re-thinking the Asset Management Middle Office

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By Jay A. Burstell, Managing Director, Asset and Wealth Management Advisory Both during and following the global financial crisis, many asset managers have scrambled to protect their margins in response to increased operating complexities and other competitive pressures. While many have focused on reducing the costs associated with their middle-office functions, in reality most have […]

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5 Key Components of a Cyber Risk Management Framework

July 1, 2014
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By Joseph Nocera, Financial Services Security Practice Leader As threats to information security gain attention in the financial industry, we’ve seen that financial services regulators are increasingly interested in asset management firms’ ability to defend against these cyber-attacks. This interest has been shown in several recent actions so far this year: In January, FINRA announced […]

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Asset Manager SIFI Designation: Enter SEC

June 26, 2014
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Asset managers who tuned in to last month’s Financial Stability Oversight Council’s conference regarding the industry’s potential systemic importance heard no surprises. The US Treasury Department and regulators did not defend the September 2013 report by the Office of Financial Research (“OFR Report”) which had suggested that the industry’s activities as a whole were systemically […]

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What Does “Flash Boys” Mean for You?

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By Anthony Conte, Partner, and Scott Weisman, Managing Director High frequency trading (“HFT”) has been prominent in the news cycle in recent weeks as a result of Michael Lewis’s book “Flash Boys,” the announcement of a Department of Justice probe into potential insider trading by HFT firms, and statements by the New York Attorney General that […]

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U.S. ETFs: More Launches, More 401(k) Plans

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By Nigel Brashaw, Asset Management Partner There’s no question that ETFs are a growing segment of the asset management business, with more than $2.4 trillion invested globally in exchange-traded products by the end of 2013, up more than 23% from a year earlier. Notably, ETF assets in Europe totaled $420 billion while assets in the […]

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Six Real Estate Predictions for 2020 and Beyond

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By Byron Carlock Jr., US Real Estate Practice Leader On the heels of PwC’s extensive research into the biggest trends facing asset management by 2020, we adapted some specific implications for the real estate industry in a new publication entitled Real Estate 2020: Building the Future. In this report, we highlighted six key predictions: 1. The […]

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Social Marketing: From Push to Pull

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By Justin Kaufman, Asset Management Partner Despite facing many hurdles, forward-thinking wealth managers have begun to make inroads into integrating the social channel to engage with client and prospects. And for good reason – data shows that while a significant portion of clients are active on blogs and other social channels, nearly four times more […]

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