Top Asset Management Firms
Make your own top (in tiers) of investment management companies.
Make your own top (in tiers) of investment management companies.
Get instant access to lessons taught by experienced private equity pros and bulge bracket investment bankers including financial statement modeling, DCF, M&A, LBO, Comps and Excel Modeling.
What really matters in AM? Returns? Assets under management? Compensation? Location of head office? I'm not going to nit-pick through top-tier firms, but I'd say all of these are pretty solid:
Pimco, Wellington, GSAM, BGI/Blackrock, Western Asset Management, JPMAM, Fidelity, Alliance Bernstein, ING Investment Management, Schroeders
Tough one, Each company has good funds and not so good funds You can't rank on presitge in this industry, its about performance. figure out the style you are interested in: equity vs. fi vs. alt then equity = lcg, lcv etc... You'll see its not a simple ranking
I agree with LAWM in that it varies by product and client type. In ternms of large, active, institutional AM firms, I would go with PIMCO, Wellington, GSAM, Blackrock, JPMAM, and AllianceBernsterin from Brotherbear's list. It is nearly impossible to make compensation comparisons. They aren't all taking in a large analyst class each year like BBs do for IB. For experienced hires, they all pay market rates for the given position.
PIONLINE.COM has rankings by AUM. This can give you a sense of what funds these firm's manage. Of course, size doesn't mean prestige or even compensation.
yup, some are good at FI, some at territories, caps blah blah.. but i think in general PIMCO and blackrock are pretty good... goldman as well
templeton, julius baer have their own strengths as well
Under GSAM, I'm being offered: 1. Investment Partners (IP) 2. Global Solutions Partners (GSP) - Portfolio Management 3. Private Equity Group (PEG)
and I'm being told if I start in one, I'll be able to laterally transfer to the other. Not sure if this actually possible?? Which would be most enjoyable since I can do all three?
Which one did you end up joining? Just curious to know what made you choose one over other.
I wouldn't take the "lateralling" too literally.
They tell kids going into pwm that they can lateal to ibd or s&t
I think in terms of pure investment firms: PIMCO, Fidelity, Wellington, TRowe, BlackRock usually take the top spot. If you include banks JPM/GS would be in there for sure.
Hi MutualMonkey, I'm trying to get an idea of the landscape among the AM arms of the BBs, since they seem most attainable out of undergrad. Do you have any knowledge about how they tend to stack up? And do their Investment Banks' "prestige" affect exit opportunities? Thanks!
I find it interesting that in all these posts the most coveted AM firm hasn't even been mentioned.
Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities?
He's probably referring to Capital Group or Dodge&Cox.
What is: the Capital Group.
we're not including elite hedge funds
assuming we're not including hedgies in here
Perkins Brandes Davis (abysmal performance recently, but stellar long term) Templeton EIC (small company out of Atlanta, great performance and philosophy though) Royce (great for small caps)
nuveenPIMCOmet west/tcw doubleline
Can somebody explain why Capital Group is so well respected? I know the America growth funds are big and they have been around a long time, but the returns don't seem out of this world. Legitimately curious, not trying to hate at all.
I'll chime in here. don't know about prestige, but I think it's more name recognition & history which makes them respected. AF is one of the biggest asset managers in the world, and they have some of the oldest funds in the world (investment company of america). the returns are not out of this world for the entire firm, but ICA has had over a 12% return since inception 80 years ago. while that's an extremely long time and a very opportune time to start investing in US equities, it's still impressive in my opinion. other examples are american mutual (11% yoy since inception in 1950, one of the first non tobacco/alcohol funds), AMCAP (11% since inception 1967), and EuroPacific is one of the older (Brandes global equity is oldest I believe) international funds (also 11% yoy since inception 1984).
I agree, those are not insane returns, but I think compounding at 10%+ over 30, 40, 60, 80 years is a surefire way to financial independence. as far as analyst work, I'd bet that you would get more exciting work at a deep value/distressed shop than somewhere like AF where the process is pretty plain Jane.
I'm fairly familiar with Capital, though I've never worked there. I think the prestige really stems from their investment process, as well as the fact that they are a private company with over a trillion in AUM, which makes the economics pretty juicy for everyone relative to other big publicly traded long-onlys.
Things like a sizable research portfolio (signals conviction), portfolio counselor approach (e.g. 6-8 PMs each investing in their highest conviction ideas), truly global collaboration (enabled by best-in-class teleconferencing infrastructure), and a fairly 'academic' culture that encourages dissenting opinions make them much more likely to outperform over the long-run. If you meet some of their analysts, you will likely be very impressed. Whether its a guy that's been covering Indonesian equities for 25 years and is well connected to all of the political families, or some of their very senior tech ppl that have been around since eToys was still a good idea... they are sharp, and yet extremely approachable. That's not to say you won't find great career analysts at Fido, Putnam, TRowe, FranklinTempleton, Dodge etc., but it is just the norm over there.
You will get a lot of guys that will walk away from Citadel or Soros offers to join Capital, which is not really the case at other MFs in my experience. All that said, I agree that their performance has been slipping the past few years. If they can't correct that they will likely see some decent outflows. But given their process, I wouldn't really bet against them over a 10 yr horizon.
I gave a banana for this very excellent summary of Capital. I agree with everything here. Capital is definitely a bit more cerebral and contrarian than the other mutual funds, and the caliber of talent there is exceptional. All the big mutua funds recruit regularly at my school, and Capital is the only place where no one can get an offer. From what I've heard, it's been several years since anyone got an offer there. They usually hire the best from just HBS and Stanford.
Capital has seen a $250 billion outflow since the financial crisis, so they are trying hard to recover. One area they're trying to get into is ETFs, so they can reach more customers and get rid of the middleman in terms of distribution.
Anyone know how Brandes is doing? They were at 70 billion AUM at its highwater mark, and last time I checked they were down to like $15. But this is a bit outdated.
Best asset management firms (Originally Posted: 05/20/2011)
Similar to the top prop trading firms ranking. I'm factoring in prestige, compensation, selectivity, type of work, exit opportunities, etc.
lol...not only are rankings pointless in this space.. this list is also dead wrong.
Just like in Trading, you cannot simply rank a firm. There are too many factors one needs to consider (e.g. strategies, products, etc...).
Having said that, BlackRock is the world's largest AM firm and has Larry Fink at its helm. That alone is good enough to rank it as one of the world's, if not the world's leading firms.
Please let people post their lists, it'll put more names into my excel sheet of who to cold call :)
How does Janus do, btw?
Half of these firms you don't simply 'cold call'. They have structured SA / FT roles.
^^^ Don't listen to this person.
I'm not listening to him.
Walkio: cold-calling and cold-emailing works at any firm when you get the right person on the phone.
ranking is stupid. these are the funds i know are good though.
small work cultures
1 tier. Wellington, MFS, T. Rowe, Dodge & Cox 2 tier. Putnam
large work culture
1 tier. PIMCO, Cap Group 2 tier. Fidelity, BlackRock
Most known companies, good places to start a career but not good places to keep working:BlackRock & Fidelity
fidelity has pretty much the shittiest work culture ever.
I've never heard anything particularly bad about Fidelity's culture. What makes you say it's so terrible?
Equity: 1. Capital Group 2. Wellington 3. Dodge & Cox 4. T. Rowe 5. PrimeCap 6. MFS 7. Fidelity8. BlackRock
Fixed Income: 1. PIMCO
Capital group is insanely selective. I think they only give like 1-2 full time post-MBA offers every year. I know a second year at booth who got Citadel global equities but got dinged at capital group.
lol this is so funny
lol this is so funny
Old post, I know... but could anybody share thoughts on the AM arms of BBs? In particular, UBS Asset Management? Looking for a solid place to start a career out of (a target) undergrad.
Deserunt vel distinctio omnis autem. Dolorem et occaecati corrupti iste magnam cum. Fugit sunt dignissimos itaque rerum. Sapiente culpa in eaque optio natus nihil. Ut est consequuntur omnis consequatur aut sit sapiente.
See All Comments - 100% Free
WSO depends on everyone being able to pitch in when they know something. Unlock with your email and get bonus: 6 financial modeling lessons free ($199 value)
or Unlock with your social account...
Quo numquam qui sunt laborum deleniti eveniet. Adipisci deserunt ex aspernatur rerum perferendis est repudiandae. Sed culpa labore officia ipsa. Ratione praesentium fugit est et ipsa.
Et voluptates cumque facere molestias minus voluptatem magni. Aperiam corporis et autem mollitia incidunt ut sit. Dolore sint placeat iure aliquid. Voluptatem consectetur nam nihil aut fuga voluptate. Voluptatibus officiis cum placeat impedit assumenda.
At consectetur numquam accusamus et est sint quam est. Veniam esse voluptas voluptas doloremque sed. Qui sed quo qui sed rerum quidem dignissimos. Vel neque sed ut et ipsum.
Tenetur dolores occaecati sit praesentium itaque at. Magnam animi ad vel quisquam qui voluptas nulla. Nostrum sapiente ut sint provident debitis.
Maxime nemo occaecati aut quia quia voluptas est. Est dolorem quidem eius eos distinctio. Rerum quidem commodi autem laudantium culpa voluptatum velit. Quae repudiandae quisquam voluptates ab aut consequatur est. Pariatur reprehenderit dolor enim esse et omnis nihil. Sed blanditiis velit autem ratione saepe mollitia voluptas. Et dolor et voluptas voluptatum ratione et nam quia.
Cum velit sit enim architecto. Ut dolores minus sint voluptatibus numquam.