Top 10 Fund Brands: RIA, IBD, Wirehouse Advisors’ Favorites

A Phoenix Marketing International survey discovers that advisors’ favorite mutual fund and ETF brands vary depending on where they work

There’s no question that financial advisors follow mutual fund and exchange-traded fund companies very closely, and it’s an equal certainty that among those fund firms, advisors have their favorite mutual fund and ETF brands.

Predictably, when it comes to naming names, advisors pick all the big companies—the PIMCOs and the iShares of the fund world—as their favorites, recent survey results from Phoenix Marketing International show.

Phoenix conducted its online survey in November among 968 advisors who recommend securities, retirement services and insurance products to their clients.

But look at the survey more closely, and fascinating patterns are revealed. The differences are in the details—especially when the results are broken down according to the type of firm where survey respondents work.

For example, advisors who work for a registered investment advisor (RIA) pick low-cost, venerated Vanguard as their hands-down favorite, while advisors employed at a regional broker-dealer choose high-load, disciplined American Funds as their company of choice.

“My gut reaction when I saw the survey results was that the underlying funds used probably had to do with fee structures,” said Terrance Reilly, who serves in the investment management practice of the Philadelphia law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads and advises mutual funds, investment advisors and hedge funds regarding the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. “Registered investment advisors are used to charging management fees, so they’re willing to put clients in a fund on a no-load basis, as opposed to the full service [wirehouse] firms which charge a more traditional commission-based fee structure.”

Read on to view the Top 10 fund brands favored by RIAs, IBDs and wirehouse advisors.

Vanguard Is the Best Firm for Advisors Who Work for an RIA, Phoenix Marketing International's Brand Survey Finds

Top 10 Fund Brands Among RIAsSource: Phoenix Marketing International Semiannual Study Among Financial Advisors, November 2012

Wirehouse Advisors Who Work at National Firms Favor the iShares and BlackRock Brands

Top 10 Fund Brands Among Wirehouse Advisors

Source: Phoenix Marketing International Semiannual Study Among Financial Advisors, November 2012

Among Indie Broker-Dealers, Franklin Templeton Is Tops

Top 10 Fund Brands Among Indie BDsSource: Phoenix Marketing International Semiannual Study Among Financial Advisors, November 2012

Regional Broker-Dealers Recommend American Funds and Franklin Templeton Over Other Fund Brands

Top 10 Fund Brands Among Regional BDsSource: Phoenix Marketing International Semiannual Study Among Financial Advisors, November 2012

Insurance BDs Like American Funds and BlackRock Best

Top 10 Fund Brands Among Insurance BDs

Source: Phoenix Marketing International Semiannual Study Among Financial Advisors, November 2012

 

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