“…poor investment performance for some, and asset value erosion for many more, have shrunk collections from management and incentive fees. It would come as no surprise if at least half of the entities in this space were to disappear in the next two years, either through mergers or failures.
Traditional investment managers are not immune to this rash of institutional shrinkage and consolidation. For some, the collapse in worldwide equity prices over the last 15 months has already shaved off about half of their operating revenues, rendering their current cost structure overwhelming and threatening the retention of talented staff.”
Wow. That would be a large consolidation even with takeovers.