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NICSA kicks off 2020 with a fresh brand and new initiatives

NICSA started 2020 with a rebrand designed to better capture and underscore what we value most: connectivity and community within the global asset management industry, writes NICSA President Jim Fitzpatrick.
"NICSA started 2020 with a rebrand designed to better capture and underscore what we value most: connectivity and community within the global asset management industry," writes NICSA President Jim Fitzpatrick.
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For more than 50 years, NICSA has striven to advance best practices in the global asset management industry to help our members tackle the most critical issues facing the space. As the industry has grown ever more complex, asset managers have had to evolve, and so too has NICSA.

NICSA, a nonprofit trade association, continues to grow and welcome new member firms from across the asset management landscape, from managers to broker-dealers, to financial advisors and wealth managers.

We’ve expanded our engagement into cutting-edge business areas like technology, distribution and product innovation.

Our members have innovative and diverse perspectives on how to help move our industry forward.

In this new decade, NICSA is more ready than ever to help asset management companies from all over the world face challenges and meet the changing needs of their clients. We’re very excited about the next phase of our evolution this year.

A NEW LOOK
NICSA started 2020 with a rebrand designed to better capture and underscore what we value most: connectivity and community within the global asset management industry.

Our new look has the NICSA team and our members feeling energized as we move forward together with key efforts and events, such as our annual Strategic Leadership Forum, which brings together industry leaders for valuable conversations on the many ways in which the industry is changing, and the forces driving so much of that change.

A FOCUS ON THEMES THAT MATTER
This year is already shaping up to be one of the most impactful in the history of our space, as asset management firms seek to adapt their business models in the face of fee compression and technological upheaval.

Global asset managers are navigating changing approaches to distribution, data management and regulatory demands, all in the face of increasing consolidation. Also, with the 2020 U.S. presidential race in full swing, industry participants and investors alike are bracing for the outcome of the election and its potential impacts on our industry, the financial markets and the broader economy.

One issue that NICSA especially sees as a top priority for the global asset management industry in 2020 is diversity and inclusion. NICSA is dedicated to the advancement and contribution of our Diversity Project North America, a cross-company program which distinguishes itself through collaborative leadership among senior executive level business leaders who have the power to solicit and effect change within their organizations.

To date, the Diversity Project has onboarded over 30 firms, and in 2020 will look to further expand its membership and promote its mission with major activities and events such as the inaugural Fearless Leadership Symposium, which is set to take place in New York in May. The event will provide a collaborative and open arena for industry discussion on creating and supporting a more diverse and inclusive asset management industry.

COMMITMENT TO BEST SERVE OUR MEMBERS
NICSA also ushered in 2020 with a new technology platform to better serve our members. The platform upgrades center around our redesigned website, featuring streamlined navigation, enhanced functionality, and new community and educational tools.

More than half of them track the industry’s top-performing category.
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Members have access to the NICSA Hub, a community platform, where they can connect and share information, and the NICSA Knowledge Center, which showcases several types of mediums from webinars, to podcasts, to research pieces that members can easily access for both historical and timely industry content and resources.

We believe NICSA’s evolution into 2020 underscores the breadth of content and opportunities the association offers industry participants, as we further our mission to connect all areas of the global asset management industry and look to welcome new members from across the space.

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