Rules to Live by for Directors of Active Funds

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Many fund directors are asking what they can do to help shareholders of active funds – a product 90% of directors oversee. These funds face one huge hurdle: they underperform and undersell passively managed funds. In 2016, $504 billion flowed into passive funds while $340 billion flowed out of actively managed funds, according to Morningstar Direct. Actively managed funds have … Read More

Why and How Directors Should Own Fund Shares

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Most directors, whether they serve corporate or fund boards, agree that owning shares in the entity they govern is important. Ownership is tangible proof that the interests of the board are consistent with those of the shareholders they represent. This MPI Bulletin examines fund director share ownership policies but more importantly addresses how directors acquire those shares. Over many years … Read More

The Search for the “T” Shaped Fund Director

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Based on MPI’s Annual Trustee Compensation and Governance Practices Survey, we believe that 25% of the sitting mutual fund board directors will retire or step aside due to fund mergers in the next five years. As a result, many Fund Boards will need to recruit new Trustees during this period. These Boards will go through the process of identifying gaps … Read More

What Fund Directors Need to Know about Robo Advisors

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Robo Advisors (Robos) is a method of customized internet based financial advice. They can be simple, essentially an extension of the “model portfolios” financial planners have used for years to help tailor advice to investors to accommodate age, risk tolerance and objectives. Robos can also be complex, actually executing an asset allocation strategy for a client who has no or … Read More

2017 MPI Mutual Fund CCO Compensation Survey

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MPI completed its twelfth annual Survey of Mutual Fund Chief Compliance Officer Compensation and Organizational Practices. This bulletin summarizes the findings and is based on the submissions of 60 mutual fund CCOs from all regions of the U.S., representing funds with $2.3 trillion in assets. This year’s study found that 65% of the participants were full-time employees and serve as … Read More

The 2017 MPI Annual Mutual Fund Director Compensation Survey

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Management Practice Inc. (MPI) has just completed its 24th annual “Survey of Mutual Fund Director/Trustee Compensation and Governance Practices,” with data covering 1,982 directors from 410 fund boards. Full reports and specific board compensation comparisons are available from MPI. The average pay increase from 2015 to 2016 (for equivalent directors) was 5.2%, down from 5.9%, 7.5% and 7.2% over the … Read More