New York-based research and consulting firm Kasina was co-founded by Steven Miyao and Lee Kowarski in 1999 on the premise of challenging conventional wisdom in the asset management industry by "asking the tough questions" and "developing unexplored opportunities for companies in need of strategy overhauls."

Thirteen years later, the firm counts some 70 fund firms representing some $8 trillion in assets under management as clients, according to Miyao. Money Management Executive recently spoke to Miyao about the firm's growth initiatives and about how it thinks fund firms can stay ahead of its competition in an increasingly competitive mutual fund landscape.

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