Asian mutual fund assets to hit $500 billion

Cerulli says Asia ex-Japan mutual fund assets will cross the $500 billion mark by 2007.

Although bank sales of mutual funds throughout Asia ex-Japan may look down now because of poor global economic conditions and the onset of Sars, this region represents the world's fastest growth, says Cerulli Associates, a London-based consultancy. The firm predicts the region's mutual fund assets will grow as high as $560 billion by 2007, up from an estimated $343 billion for 2003.

Year-on-year growth for the industry is hitting a low this year, but it's still estimated to be 9%, as opposed to 15% in 2002 and 21% in 2001. The rate of growth is not expected to bounce back to those earlier levels Cerulli forecasts asset growth no higher than 14% over...

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