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The world’s 500 largest asset managers – Year end 2015

October 31, 2016

Assets managed by the world’s largest 500 asset managers fell in 2015 for the first time since 2011.  According to the Pensions & Investments / Willis Towers Watson World 500 research, total assets under management (AUM) were down 1.7% to US$ 76.7 trillion at the end of 2015, compared to US$ 78.1 trillion the year before.  

The world’s 500 largest asset managers – Year end 2015t

North American firms’ AUM were US$ 44.0 trillion at the end of 2015, a decrease of 1.1% from the previous year, while assets managed by European managers, including the U.K., decreased by 3.3%, to US$ 25.1 trillion. UK-based firms’ assets decreased 2%, reducing their AUM to US$ 6.6 trillion.

The research, which was conducted in conjunction with Pensions & Investments, a leading US investment newspaper, reveals that actively managed assets, which continue to make up the majority of total assets (78.3%), also fell 2.8% in 2015, while passive assets declined at a faster rate, 5.5% during the year.

Although the Top 20 managers experienced a 1% decrease in assets from US$ 32.5 trillion to US$ 32.1 trillion, their share of total assets increased slightly from 41.6% to 41.9%.