kasina, an e-business consultant for financial services companies, announced today its selections of the top 10 institutional asset management Web sites. The results are based on evaluations of the 40 top managers of global institutional assets and 10 additional firms, which were nominated through kasina’s Web site.

Of the firms evaluated, 80% have a Web site with information specifically for institutional investors, according to kasina. And among those, some provide only one page of information and an email contact address. That is a big mistake, according to Steven Miyao, CEO of kasina.

"Because institutional assets play such a critical role in the overall asset management industry, asset managers need to provide institutional investors with the same online convenience that the Web provides individual investors," said Miyao.

Still, some firms have made their institutional sites a top priority. The firms with the top 10 sites have an average of 6 people working on institutional Web efforts, and six of those expect next year’s institutional online budget to be bigger than this year’s, said Miyao.

kasina’s selections are from its study, "Online Institutional Strategies," part of the company’s annual study called "Asset Management e-Business: Strategies for Success", which includes the top mutual fund Web sites in several categories. That study is expected to be released in early October.

Top 10 Web Sites - Institutional Asset Management (alphabetically):

Top 3 Sites in Each of kasina's 5 Evaluation Categories

Usability:
  1. INVESCO - www.invesco.com
  2. Barclays Global Investors - www.barclaysglobal.com
  3. Credit Suisse Asset Management - extra.csam.com

Online Services:

  1. Morgan Stanley - www.morganstanley.com
  2. Barclays Global Investors - www.barclaysglobal.com
  3. Citigroup Asset Management - www.citigroupam.com

Content:

  1. Merrill Lynch Investment Managers - www.mlim.ml.com/USA
  2. Vanguard Group - www.vanguard.com
  3. Frank Russell Company - www.russell.com

Branding:

  1. Credit Suisse Asset Management - extra.csam.com
  2. Barclays Global Investors - www.barclaysglobal.com
  3. Citigroup Asset Management - www.citigroupam.com

Web Technology:

  1. Fidelity Management Trust Company - fmtc.fidelity.com
  2. JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management - jpmorganfleming.chase.com
  3. Putnam Investments - www.putnaminv.com
  1. Alliance Capital - institutional.alliancecapital.com
  2. Barclays Global Investors - www.barclaysglobal.com
  3. Citigroup Asset Management - www.citigroupam.com
  4. Credit Suisse Asset Management - extra.csam.com
  5. Fidelity Management Trust Company - fmtc.fidelity.com
  6. Frank Russell Company - www.russell.com
  7. JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management - jpmorganfleming.chase.com
  8. Merrill Lynch Investment Managers - www.mlim.ml.com/USA
  9. Morgan Stanley - www.morganstanley.com
  10. Putnam Investments - www.putnaminv.com

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