Asia-Pacific funds to hit $14 trln by 2018, yielding $66 bln in fees - consultant

HONG KONG Thu May 8, 2014 12:23am EDT

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HONG KONG May 8 (Reuters) - Assets managed by money managers in the Asia-Pacific region will surge 40 percent to $14 trillion by 2018, generating fees worth $66 billion, consultant Casey, Quirk & Associates LLC said in a study released Thursday.

Australia, Japan and mainland China will account for two-thirds of the total revenue opportunity, followed by South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and India, it said, backed by faster economic growth and a high savings rates.

"Global asset managers may have the edge currently on managing strategies that are increasingly in demand, but to be successful in the region they will need to adapt their investment and distribution capabilities to fit local needs," said Daniel Celeghin, Hong Kong-based partner and head of Asia-Pacific at Casey, Quirk.

About half of the net new flows and revenue in the region over the next five years will come from retail funds and private banking markets, the consultant said.

Sovereign wealth funds and government entities, on the other hand, will prove harder clients to target as they move to manage assets internally, the consultant said. (Reporting by Nishant Kumar; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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