Advisor Fees and Inefficient Asset Allocation to Destroy $400 bn in 2018

We estimate that retail investors lose around $400 billion annually in advisory fees and inefficient model portfolios. This value destruction is both explicit in typical 1% or higher fees charged and implicit in  further 0.5% or more model portfolio asset allocation inefficiency. This is in addition to other contracting frictions, product commissions and costs.

At ActiveAllocator we are driven by an authentic mission. To increase expected returns for millions of investors by eliminating the loss that’s built into the way the retail financial advice and investment management industry is currently structured. To remove the dead-weight costs of $130 billion from strategic asset allocation inefficiency and to drastically reduce the $260-$300 billion in advisory fees. One portfolio at a time, across 33 million individual portfolios.


Author: Sameer_Jain

Partner. Sameer Jain is founder of FinTech, the world’s first portal that seamlessly integrates traditional, illiquid and alternative investments within portfolios. Prior to this he was Chief Economist & Managing Director at AR Capital. Before that he headed Investment Content & Strategy at UBS Alternative Investments. At UBS, he served as a non-voting member of the Wealth Management Research investment committee, and as a capital allocator was responsible for all illiquid investing including fund manager selection and due diligence across the platform. Prior to UBS he headed product development & investment research at Citigroup Alternative Investments that managed over $75 billion of alternative investments across hedge funds, managed futures, private equity, credit structures, infrastructure and real estate. Here he led a team that developed proprietary models for portfolio strategy and asset allocation with alternative investments, provided investment support and research to pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments as well as internal clients including Citi Private Bank. Before this he was with Cambridge Alternative Investments and SunGard (System Access) where he travelled to over 80 countries for work across Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa. He has written over 30 academic and practitioner articles on alternative investments with thousands of downloads at SSRN, presented at over a hundred industry conferences and has coauthored a book, Active Equity Management. Mr. Jain has multiple degrees in engineering, management, public administration and policy and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Alfred Sloan Fellowship and subsequently was a Fellow of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for a year. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

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