BlackRock Rewards Buy-and-Hold Sales
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BlackRock Rewards Buy-and-Hold Sales

It's a common headache for fund firms. A wholesaler sells some funds to an advisor, gets a commission for the sale, and soon after the advisor redeems the funds -- depriving the firm of the management fees.

In a big shift from the old sales paradigm, BlackRock has shaken up its sales compensation packages to encourage flows to buy-and-hold clients, retail head Frank Porcelli declared during the Reuters Global Wealth Management Summit according to the newswire.

Porcelli said that BlackRock, since the beginning of the year, now pays commissions based on "net" sales, instead of the old practice of paying a percentage of gross flows.

The shift is meant to move flows away from high-volume fund traders, for example advisors at brokerage firms.

According to the Reuters article, firms have been hesitant to make the change for fear of losing sales talent.

However, firms have become more willing to shake up their sales strategies recently. For example, firms are embracing big data supplied from firms such as Broadridge, Access Data and Albridge. They are using this data to focus sales on high opportunity clients, as well as more accurately gauge wholesaler flows to better calibrate commissions.

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