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The top 10 asset management firms people want to work for

The latest survey from efinancial careers reveals which asset managers are in most demand among financial professionals.

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The latest annual ranking by eFinancial Careers has revealed which asset managers are most in demand among prospective recruits in the financial sector.

The 2017 report surveyed over 6,000 finance professionals from across the globe creating a separate ranking for asset management groups.

The latest survey shows one West Coast group shot up the rankings to break into the top three while a familiar face occupies top spot. It was also a tie for tenth place with a US and UK group vying for the final spot.

Click on to find out who came out top of the ranking.

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The Scotland-based group initiated a merger with fellow Scottish firm Aberdeen Asset Management in March. The above statistics date to before the merger was announced.

In the US, Standard Life Investments (SLI) has a distribution contract with John Hancock Investments which distributes, among others, its SLI Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) funds.

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The US group is a renowned name within the US fund industry but in the latest ranking has fallen one spot in the eFinancial Careers rankings from ninth to tenth.

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As mentioned previously, Aberdeen initiated a merger with fellow Scottish firm Standard Life Investments in March. The above statistics date to before the merger was announced.

Aberdeen offers a range of 40 Act funds to US investors and has its US headquarters in Philadelphia. The bulk of its business comes from is UK-domiciled funds and Ucits products.

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Capital Group is one of the oldest asset managers in the US and was founded back in 1931 shortly after the big financial crash of 1929.

The group offers a range of products, including mutual funds through its subsidiary American Funds, and also has Ucits funds it distributes via its Luxembourg SICAV.

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The UK group has funds registered for distribution in 20 jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. With headquarters in London, M&G has offices in 15 countries. The above data is based on M&G statistics dated June 2016.

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The passive investment giant just misses out on the top five in our most desirable asset manager to work for ranking. Over the last few years the group has experienced phenomenal growth as passive vehicles have been increasingly in demand from both institutional and retail investors.

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The only UK-based group to break into the top five, Schroders’ has a base in the US in New York where it runs both 40 Act and Ucits funds. In June last year it entered a partnership with Hartford Funds to expand its growth potential in the US intermediary market.

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Holding onto the fourth spot, Wellington is one of the biggest subadvisor groups in the US and has a reputation for having some of the industry's top fund managers. The US firm also has a number of Ucits funds that it runs under the banner of its own brand.

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The Newport Beach-based group shot up the rankings in 2016, jumping four spots to hit third place in the efinancial careers ranking.

A fixed income specialist, Pimco has been recovering from a tumultuous three years after its co-founder and CEO Bill Gross left in acrimonious circumstances in September 2014.

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One of the largest financial services groups in the US, Fidelity Investments is based in Boston and offers retirement, asset management and online trading services.

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Holding onto top spot is the world’s largest asset manager by assets under management. According to the eFinancial Careers survey, the people who want to work for BlackRock value the firm for its high pay, the financial performance of the firm, the opportunities it affords to work with key industry players and the fact that it is perceived to be a leader in the industry.

Last year, 78% of respondents who wanted to work for BlackRock believe that it offers a competitive salary compared to 72% this year. Still, that figure beats Fidelity’s percentage of 62% – and in the competitive bonus category, it was 64% versus 53%. In addition, 75% perceive BlackRock as a leader in the industry compared to 64% for Fidelity. The other categories where BlackRock exceeds 70% are challenging/interesting work and financial performance of the firm, while 62% say it’s an innovator in the industry and 69% say it works with key industry players.

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