Envestat is a series of monthly reports that deliver powerful insights, trends, and predictions about investor behavior and advisory practices brought to you by Envestnet. Each edition focuses on a specific area of interest shaping the industry.
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The investment community is rife with questions about the market effect of rising interest rates and January’s return of market volatility. So we thought that analyzing inflows on the Envestnet platform could provide some perspective on whether the market is reflecting less risk and, secondly, which asset classes are experiencing the most movement. We found that the composition of inflows has indeed begun to shift, consistent with a more cautious mindset.
The investment world is abuzz these days with impact investing—including Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)—which enables investors to sync their portfolios with their values and principles. Millennials and women in particular are expressing demand for this capability, but advisors have been slow on the uptake. But, does this hold true with advisors who use Envestnet's platform?
In our May Envestat, we set out to address some key questions:
- -How concentrated are total returns across APM, FSP, and UMA portfolios?
- -What accounts for the extreme outliers?
- -How can advisors avoid excessive volatility in their clients’ portfolios?
One consideration advisors must weigh when contemplating outsourcing is the impact it may have on fees. With this in mind, we thought it would be worthwhile to examine the economics of APM and FSP programs to help advisors determine which approach makes sense for their practice.
As noted last year, fund strategist portfolios (FSPs) are growing at a healthy pace. This prompted us to explore whether increased usage of FSP products by advisors on our platform was having a material impact on overall managed account sales, flows, and assets.
How are managed account assets projected to grow over the next 6 months? In this Envestat report, we analyzed past managed account data to come up with a forecast for gross sales, redemptions, and net flows for the first half of 2018.