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Top 400 Asset Managers 2015: Global assets top €50trn

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• Total AUM of the top 400 managers is €50.3trn (2014=€42.7trn; 2013=39.2trn; 2012=€36.3trn; 2011=€36.2trn).
• European institutional AUM is €7.3trn (up 14%) 
• Increase in AUM of 17.8% over last year’s figures
BlackRock is the largest manager (€3.8trn) and accounts for 7.6% of overall assets.
• Top 10 managers account for a third (33.5%) of all assets.

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Following two years of AUM increases in the 8-9% range, this year’s 17% increase in the assets of the top 400 asset managers reflects strong asset growth in 2014; the return for the Barclays Capital ‘Lehman’ Aggregate bond index was 16% and the S&P 500 returned 13.7%.

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Once again, we surveyed over 400 managers for this year’s study, canvassing end-2014 data in most cases. The results give a broad overview of the global asset management sector, with granular depth on European managers and institutional business. 

Where stated, the size of the European pension assets managed by the asset managers in our study totals €2.9trn, up from €2.2trn at the end of 2013. Insurance assets under management as stated by the respondents total €894bn.

All data is thoroughly checked and verified by IPE, although ultimate responsibility for data accuracy lies with the managers themselves. Our ranking includes some managers and figures twice since we include some multi-affiliate parent groups as well as their subsidiaries in order to provide as much information as possible. We ensure there is no double counting in the overall figures.

Top 400 Asset Managers 2015 (Top 25)

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In our editorial section this year we open with an article jointly authored by eight senior figures drawn from among signatories to the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and McKinsey. It serves as a reminder that institutional investors are increasingly shaping asset management as their needs and demands evolve. This evolution is making itself felt in the growth in investment solutions, in fee structures and in changing demand for alternative investments.

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Liam Kennedy, Editor, IPE

In New York’s gilded age at the end of the nineteenth century, just 400 people were counted among the members of fashionable society – reputedly the number who could fit into Mrs Astor’s ballroom. In this spirit, since 2002 IPE has collected data on the leading 400 asset managers both globally and in Europe. The data is compiled by IPE, on the most part based on information provided by the individual companies and in a few cases based on information from public sources.

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