Market turmoil characterised 2018, leading to poor investment performances across the board. Asset managers are, therefore, chasing alpha returns to shift investor yields back to positive territory and outperform benchmarks.

And the stakes are high, as passive fund performances continue to prompt capital outflows from active options. While assets under management in actively managed funds still dwarf those of passives, the prevailing trend is cause for concern among asset managers, who still face significant market challenges.

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