Investment Services: A Global Outlook
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2008
Investment services industry operates under two key segments - Investment Management and Investment Banking. In addition, the industry has also seen the emergence of alternative investments options such as exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds. The investment services industry has witnessed aggressive global expansion by asset management and brokerage firms. Investment firms have stretched their overseas operations to capture new markets, in order to increase growth, improve competitiveness, and leverage expense base. Technological advancements have become one of the key growth drivers for investment services market. Access to various financial and capital products has turned as the key components for lucrative global expansion. Privatization of many state-owned businesses boosted equity supplies and has augmented the demand for capital growth. The investments on technology by brokerage firms and fund managers is paying of, as the market is trading in huge volumes, with increased investments in the sector thereby delivering time to market solutions.
Factors such as technological advances, demographic changes, regulatory compliances and financial liberalization are causing a major restructuring of asset management industry with differences among traditional industry sectors narrowing down. Drastic changes in the asset management sector in terms of the development of innovative products and services, and new regulations fuel industry growth. Indexed portfolios are gaining in importance and the industry is consolidating with specialization creeping in. Indexing offers investors a way to hold the diversified market by tracking benchmark indices based on capitalization. Number of asset classes is also on the rise as non-traditional instruments are gaining in popularity. Cost cutting is a norm, as the market place is highly competitive and companies look at measures to reduce operating expenses to increase profits. The asset management market is growing strongly in Asia particularly in South Korea driven by cross border investments in these markets.
Growing life expectancy and the increase in the population of earning young generation are the prime drivers for growth in retirement investment services industry. Augmented demand for investment products and services would see increased flow of money into the investment services industry. Social security is considered as the major income source for retired people all over the world. In addition, increased participation of women and other minorities in investor business is another important growth propeller for industry.
The report titled "Investment Services: A Global Outlook" provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers a bird's eye view of the prevalent scenario in the global Investment Services industry. The report provides a rudimentary insight into the industry's structure, and segmental composition and trends i.e. Asset Management, Mutual Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Investment Banking, Underwriting, Securities, and other alternative investments. Discussions on all of these areas are buttressed with 123 data rich tables and easy-to-understand pictorial data representations. The report also provides an exhaustive compilation of all the recent mergers, and acquisitions. Major markets discussed in the report include United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, France, Germany, UK, Russia, Asia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Latin America, among others. The report also includes an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 401 companies worldwide.
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