NEW YORK-Changes to how small and mid-tier asset managers obtain research may be coming, as soft dollars continue to be scrutinized and execution costs are being unbundled, according to panelists at an AQ conference, "Navigating the Research Marketplace."

In the past, research has been viewed as cheap, but that notion is changing. "No one ever bothered to measure the value of research, and no one knew the implicit cost," said Harold Bradley, chief investment officer at the Kauffman Foundation.

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