Volatile markets and investment rates have plagued the industry, and will continue to do so
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2012
The Open-End Investment Fund industry was on a roller coaster ride in securities markets over the five years to 2012. From 2007 to 2012, US industry revenue declined an estimated 3.2% average annual rate, including a projected 4.5% decline in 2012 to $103.0 billion, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Doug Kelly. However, the five-year growth rate hides the industry's volatile earnings, which fluctuated between several positive and negative swings.
In 2007, revenue reached a historic high of $120.8 billion. Strong securities markets boosted asset values and increased investing further increased mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) assets. By 2008, the collapse in US housing prices triggered large losses in the financial sector that plunged the US economy into a recession. Securities markets spiraled downward, causing Open-End Investment Fund asset values to fall and industry revenue to decline 25.0% in 2008, Kelly said. The open-investment industry recovered slowly in 2009 and 2010 along with securities markets, but ETFs recovered more strongly than mutual funds. IBISWorld estimates industry revenue will decline 4.5% in 2012 as a result of mutual fund outflows and lower industry fees. Consumer preferences for ETFs grew consistently due to their ease of trade and low fees, but at the expense of mutual funds, which saw large capital outflows from money-market mutual funds. A major trend that continues to hurt the industry is declining fees. Over the five years to 2012, average fees in the industry fell an average of 1.5% annually to 0.82% in 2012 from 0.89% in 2007; this is largely due to pricing pressure low-cost ETFs have put on mutual funds to lower fees to compete for investor funds.
Over the next five-year period to 2017, IBISWorld projects open-end fund revenue will rise. Investor demand for more customized investment products with diversified exposure to varying asset classes and investment timelines will drive innovation that will grow industry assets and revenue. IBISWorld estimates industry funds will increase over the next five years, bringing in new investor capital. However, volatile securities markets combined with low interest rates will keep investment returns low for open-end funds, which will slow the industry's growth. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Open-End Investment Funds in the US industry report page.
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This industry is comprised of legal entities (funds) that earn fees by pooling and investing money, giving the investors' rights to a proportional share of the fund performance. Ownership shares of these funds are sold to the public in initial public offerings with additional shares offered continuously. Investors redeem the shares at prices determined by the fund’s net asset value or market value. This report focuses on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
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