Acquisitions of retirement plan advisory firms are expected to accelerate as they look for operational scale.
In 2020, money managers will increasingly look for ways to invest in technology to improve business efficiency and client services.
Real estate could offer protection against economic dips, despite expectations of lower returns in 2020.
Asset managers in the Asia-Pacific region will face continued pressure to cut costs in 2020 even as they ramp up operations in China.
While they expect to avoid a risk of recession, European money managers and investors will not be free from other risks in 2020.
Some DC sponsors are tackling financial wellness by linking retirement plans to paying off student loans or creating emergency savings.
Hedge fund managers foresee more volatility and more investment opportunities in 2020.
Analysts say recession is unlikely in 2020, but the decent returns on tap from risk assets will pale beside 2019's rate-cut-driven gains.