Five key areas financial intermediaries should consider in 2022

Advisors and their clients need to be adaptable to the challenges that lie ahead. Mercer has identified five areas for financial intermediaries to consider – areas we believe are critical for long-term success in 2022.

  • Top 5 areas of focus in 2022
    Positioning clients for success

    Advisors and their clients need to be adaptable to the challenges that lie ahead. Mercer has identified five areas for financial intermediaries to consider – areas we believe are critical for long-term success in 2022.

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    Top 5 areas of focus in 2022
  • Weathering change
    Ensuring a balanced portfolio come rain or shine

    We believe wealth management advisors and their clients can be better prepared to weather the expected lower-return environment by adding investment exposures outside the traditional framework — such as private equity, private credit and other diversifying alternative strategies. 

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    Weathering change
  • Active and passive management
    Zeroing in on diversification

    In market environments where active management is out of favor, it becomes increasingly tempting for advisors and their clients to abandon active management to pursue higher returns. History has shown that using both active and passive strategies is crucial for building durable portfolios.

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    Active and passive management


Looking for independent investment advice and implemented solutions to meet your needs as a wealth management firm or financial intermediary? Having to constantly evaluate and adjust to the shifting landscape can be difficult — particularly as economic, political, and other factors affect markets and investment outlooks. As one of the largest investment consultants worldwide, we can leverage our global infrastructure to help advance your investment management capabilities. You can better meet today’s challenges by offering innovative investment strategies to your clients. Our solutions can help standardize your investment process while allowing you to build customized relationships.

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Our goal is to help financial intermediaries overcome today’s market challenges by improving governance, reducing costs, & enhancing their client’s return potential.
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David Hyman, CFA
David Hyman, CFA
Financial Intermediaries, U.S. Segment Leader, Mercer

Mercer Wealth Manager Solutions Spectrum of Services

Click on boxes below to read three different scenarios of how we can work with you.(1)

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Tools and Research

• Client situation: Large private US bank wanted to expand its research library to better service clients and financial advisors and stay ahead of the complex investment environment.

• Mercer solution: We provided access to Mercer’s Global Investment Manager Database (GIMD) containing all of Mercer’s manager research – investment and operational, and ability to access ESG and asset allocation expertise.
• Results: Individual investors were able to access stronger investment portfolios while our client was able to reduce its operating costs versus further building out its investment teams.





• Client situation: An RIA needed help developing goals-based portfolios that reflected its unique client base.

• Mercer solution: Our consulting team worked with the RIA to develop customized model portfolios that incorporated Mercer’s best thinking with its own client’s needs across a range of goals, risk tolerances, and tax-status.
• Results: RIA enhanced its investment management capabilities and was able to provide innovative investment strategies for its clients.


OCIO Solutions

• Client situation: A multi-family office wanted to incorporate alternative strategies into its clients’ investment programs but didn’t have the resources to build and manage a diversified strategy.

• Mercer solution: The team leveraged Mercer’s portfolio management and back-office teams to deliver an institutional-quality alternatives offering at competitive fees with a single set of documents to execute.
• Results: Multi-family office was able to reduce its operating costs and scale its investment offering.


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Investment Manager Research

We have 198+ research-dedicated professionals around the world that go beyond just performance numbers with forward-looking, qualitative assessments that highlight the risks and opportunities of each strategy and the team behind the strategy.

Asset Allocation Model Portfolios

Asset Allocation Model Portfolios

The most important decision for an investor is asset allocation. Our team of capital markets experts and wealth management experts can provide our standard reference portfolios or work with you to build a customized suite of portfolios across the risk spectrum that reflect the unique circumstances of your client base.

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Multi-Manager Strategies

Whether you are seeking to fill a specific asset class or an entire portfolio, you can leverage our research and scale through multi-manager strategies.


From Remote Delivery of Research to Hands-On Delegated

As a wealth management firm or financial fiduciary today, you need to provide a differentiated offering to your clients. We have the flexibility to develop strategies for you — from remote delivery of research to hands-on, delegated decision making. When you leverage Mercer’s proven and industry-leading investment research and/or investment management capabilities, you free up more time to focus on what’s far more important: the changes you want to bring about in your client’s lives.


Research dedicated professionals around the world.2

$15 Trillion

In assets under advisement (AUA).3

$331 Billion

Global delegated assets under management (AUM).4

Years in investments business.



Why Choose Mercer for Wealth Manager Solutions?


Wealth management firms and leading financial intermediaries work with Mercer to take advantage of our investment research, advice, and implementation services. We can help your organization generate investment ideas, perform due diligence, and/or assess operational and fiduciary risks. We can help — whatever your needs. For nearly five decades, we’ve been providing advice to institutional investors.


  • Flexible service model: We can customize strategies to fit your needs — from an advisory role to delegation. This includes custom fund creation and management.
  • Global scale: We are one of the largest investment consultants worldwide with 880 investment professionals, and 198+ research-dedicated managers. AUA of $15 trillion in assets, and AUM of $331 billion
  • World-class research: We provide in-depth access to insightful and forward-looking independent research across traditional and alternative asset classes.



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Please See Important Notices For Further Information.

     1  These case studies are illustrations of Mercer's capabilities provided to certain clients.  Client results will vary and there can be no guarantee of similar results.

     2 Information as of  March 31, 2019

     3  Information as of June 30, 2019

    4  Information as of January 31, 2020


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