Fifty-two percent of executives at asset management firms expect bonuses for distribution and marketing professionals to rise in 2012, and 39% foresee additional hiring, according to a Russell Reynolds survey of 529 executives.

“Given the current global macroeconomic backdrop, many firms have understandably adopted a more cautious approach toward their businesses,” said Kurt Harrison, a managing director and head of the firm’s asset and wealth management practice. “However, we are seeing several of our clients capitalize upon this period of uncertainty by enhancing their investment management talent and product offerings, expanding the scope of their marketing and distribution capabilities, and strengthening their risk management and transparency.”

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