The P&I/Towers Watson global 500 ranking is prepared using joint research by Pensions & Investments and Towers Watson.

Highlights from this year’s report include:

  • Assets managed by the world’s largest 500 fund managers rose by over 8% to US$68 trillion in 2012, making up any lost ground from the previous year when assets in the survey fell by 3%.
  • Total assets are now almost back to the record levels of 2007 (around US$69 trillion) and almost double assets levels from 2002.
  • By number, bank-owned asset managers continue to dominate the top 20, although the number of independent managers in the group remained static.