Around 500 executives from mutual fund firms
and fund service providers descended on Miami
for the 29th Annual NICSA Conference & Expo
The confab kicked off with a reception Sunday night
and will run through Wednesday morning at the
Doral Golf Resort & Spa.
| Robert Turner |
Monday morning, Turner Investments chairman, co-founder
, Eaton Vance Distributors president Matt Witkos
, Prudential Investments executive vice president and head of retail distribution Stuart Parker
and Charles Schwab Investment Management chief financial officer George Pereira
took the stage for the "Face the Membership" session. CNBC
's Tyler Mathisen
was the moderator.
The executives talked about ETFs, the decumulation phase, employee retention and iPads.
Mathisen asked the panelists what they think the next
transformational product or platform will be.
Pereira responded that products with a guaranteed component will be the next transformational product. Parker, for his part, responded with unified managed accounts. Witkos, meanwhile, talked about the way advisors give advice to clients.
On the topic of ETFs, Turner acknowledged that ETFs' low cost represents a challenge.
The talk also turned to the impact of wirehouse
consolidation on the mutual fund industry.
Fund firms are "trying to get through fewer, smaller doors," Parker said. Distributors, he said, "might raise fees to participate on their platforms."
He also noted that some distributors are limiting the number of products they want to carry on their platforms.
"It's a very competitive environment," he said. "People
are migrating more and more distribution to places that
are easier to go," he added, pointing to the independent
channel, banks and RIAs.
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