The study also pointed out an investment management trend towards succession planning among high-level managers. Especially after a long run in an extremely lucrative bull market, the tribulations of the current economic slowdown have wearied many managers, according to the study.

Although compensation and the fluidity of the job market have clearly been affected, investment management professionals, while not utterly immune to layoffs, have not been profoundly affected, Wilbanks said. "If you look across that list of the largest 300 money managers, the core functions of sales marketing [and] portfolio management are still by and large not deeply affected," he said.

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