New exchange traded product innovation, data security threats, increased competition and more stringent regulation - the big leadership issues facing executives in the asset management industry have multiplied in just a year, one reason why attendees at the upcoming NICSA Strategic Leadership Forum in Hollywood, Fla., might be hard-pressed to agree on a common concern.

"It's an interesting moment in the fund industry, because you can ask six different operations professionals for their highest priority, and you'll get six different answers," says NICSA president Theresa Hamacher. "Last year at this time, virtually everyone would have said that responding to new regulation was top on the agenda. But, today, I don't think that there'd be a consensus.

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