The global fund industry in 3 charts

What determines the size of a country’s fund industry? Here are three graphs that look at key determining factors. For more on the global fund industry, join us at the ALFI Global Distribution Conference in partnership with NICSA and the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association Tuesday, September 27th, and Wednesday, September 28th Centre de Conférences, Kirchberg, Luxembourg 16 sessions with over 50 speakers from 8 countries on 3 continents For complete program information and to register, visit the ALFI website 1.

News Bites | Middle-income Boomers prepare for retirement

News Bites is an occasional column in NICSA News that collects memorable facts, quotes and insights from our recent reading. This edition of News Bites looks at recent surveys from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and the Center for a Secure Retirement (CSR).

What we’re reading now | Portrait of a fraudster

“Who is the typical fraudster?” is the question posed by a recent KPMG study with that title. The study’s conclusion — based on an analysis of global patterns of fraud from 2008 to 2010 —  is that fraudsters are likely to be: Male — though almost 1 in 4 recent frauds in the Americas and in Asia-Pacific involved women.

News Bites | The state of the fund industry

News Bites is an occasional column in NICSA News that collects memorable facts, quotes and insights from our recent reading. For the latest on the state of the fund industry, join us for the NICSA General Membership Meeting and Best Practices Symposium Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th Metro Meeting Centers, Boston Keynote speakers Robert Pozen, Chairman Emeritus MFS Investment Management Penny Alexander, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Franklin Templeton Investments Sessions in 3 tracks: Regulatory, Operations and Distribution For complete program information and to register, visit the NICSA website This edition of News Bites looks at looks at recent surveys assessing the state of the fund industry from Boston Consulting Group, KPMG and PwC.

News Bites | A few facts about mutual fund advertising

News Bites is an occasional column in NICSA News that collects memorable facts, quotes and insights from our recent reading. This edition of News Bites looks at U.S. Government Accountability Office’s report Mutual Fund Advertising, which was released last month.

Mutual fund hot spots | Maps that tell the story

You’re a mutual fund marketing executive, and you’re planning your firm’s global strategy. You want to focus your budget dollars on the countries with the best prospects for growth.

You don’t look a day over 49

Remember 1962? Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and a new group, the Beatles, were playing on the radio. TV sets — black and white with rabbit ears — have arrived in 90% of American homes, and families gathered around to watch The Beverly Hillbillies, The Andy Griffith Show, Mr.

News Bites | A few facts about investment adviser compliance

This is the first edition of News Bites — an occasional column in NICSA News that collects memorable facts, quotes and insights from our recent reading. Today we look at some of the highlights from the 2011 Investment Management Compliance Benchmarking Survey, released last month by ACA Compliance Group, the Investment Adviser Association and Old Mutual.

China’s retirement system hears what does — and doesn’t — work in 401(k)s and IRAs

China is working hard on expanding its government-backed retirement plans. A delegation from China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security was in Boston last week to talk with fund industry executives about the strengths and shortcomings to the U.S.

7 hot topics in European funds . . . in translation

Reading about trends in the European mutual funds can give us industry professionals here in the U.S. a bit of a through-the-looking glass feeling. Our counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic seem to be talking about the same things we are — sort of.

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