List of Biggest Fund Companies in 2008
Size isn’t everything, but fund companies with a large number of assets are probably doing something right. In addition, the larger companies are generally able to keep costs down and weather difficult economic times better than smaller companies. So, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the top 50 fund companies ranked by assets.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the bulk of assets are with the top three firms: Vanguard, American Funds, and Fidelity. Together, they have over $2.6 trillion dollars. Yes, that’s trillion, with a T. After Fidelity, the assets per company drop off sharply. The top three firms hold the bulk of investor’s money by far.
Something else that’s interesting is to look at the prior year assets compared to 2008. Most companies lost billions of dollars in assets this year. This is in large part due to the simple fact that equity funds have lost a lot of value over the past year, but it’s also partly due to many investors dumping equities and moving to cash or bond funds. In fact, if you look at Pimco Funds, which are heavy with bond funds, actually gained assets from 2006 to 2007, and 2007 to 2008.
So, here’s the rest of the list. All data was as of the end of the 3rd quarter, and dollar amounts are all listed in billions.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.
These days it does not matter about the size of the company, but the quality of the company. It is very important that you do your research on the company and their products before you decide to invest your money.
The reality is that, just like any other time (maybe a bit more so because the safe investments (high yield savings, CDs, etc.) aren't yielding high), you've gotta take a risk to make significant gains. Sticking your money in an investment with guaranteed return isn't going to make you much money, if any at all when you factor in taxes/inflation.