Largest money managers

The process behind P&I’s money manager survey

This issue marks the 45th year Pensions & Investments has profiled the largest managers of U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets.

More than 560 investment management firms responded to an online questionnaire for this annual special report.

All money management firms are allowed to respond to the survey; to qualify for inclusion in the database, however, the firm must manage assets for U.S. institutional tax-exempt clients such as qualified retirement plans, endowments or foundations, and answer the minimum required questions.

This report contains detailed information on the worldwide assets of the qualified respondents, including asset mix, sovereign wealth fund or central bank client assets and a regional breakout of clients.

Within the U.S. institutional tax-exempt universe, P&I further breaks down the data into asset classes and, then, into investment style.

All qualified firms are considered for the charts and tables that are published, but only the largest 50 firms — ranked by worldwide institutional assets — are profiled in print.

Full profiles of all ranked money managers and complete listings by asset class and investment strategy can be found at P&I's Research Center at The online rankings are interactive and are searchable by asset class, investment strategy, region and clients.

Research Center access is free to plan executives. Money managers, consultants and other service providers have access by subscription.

P&I targeted more than 900 banks, trust companies, insurance companies and independent investment management firms in North America and abroad. The data contained in the stories, profiles, charts and tables in this issue and in the Research Center were developed by P&I staff from the firms' answers to the detailed, online questionnaire and through follow-up emails and phone calls.

All information, except where noted, is as of Dec. 31.

Special reports derived from this information will be published throughout the year. An online special report focusing on investment outsourcing will be published June 25, and managers of defined contribution assets will be highlighted July 23. An in-depth report on real estate managers will appear in the Oct. 1 issue. This information also will be used in a ranking of the largest managers in the world, done in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson PLC, to be published Oct. 29.

All data in this special report are 2018 Crain Communications Inc. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.​