National banks, or smaller investment banks often conduct investment management services. Licensed brokerage/dealers can provide investment management services as well. Assets management services, is another term for this kind of service. Investment management services take care of the investment that generates capital gain for the clients: corporations, organizations, mutual fund or private investors. Investment management services are one of the fastest growing sectors of the financial industry at this sector is very competitive. There are several types of asset management service providers. These companies deal with trillions of dollars annually.
Profit is of course the goal of investment management services and industrial retirement plans and investment company accounts yield the most profit. The wealth investment portfolios for wealthy private investors, a segment of investment management services, bring in a little lower revenue for the investment management services than the above-mentioned services however it is growing extremely fast as capital gains operation. Investment management services though a vital function for investors, can never remain stagnant, service providers must continue challenge themselves to provide innovate ways of making investments pay off in context with the ever changing global market. The investment management services must react to a field in transition. New strategies have to evolve to conform to new investor demands, regulations and guidelines with in the world of investments, political environments and new computer and Internet technologies.
Portfolio managers in investment management services may still rely on traditional methods of investment such as trading securities and incorporate the alternative methods available such as hedge funds, real estate, and other unregistered (private) investments. Of course these investment managements services may have a risk management element attached to them as well. Risk management is a challenge but can provide a lucrative investment when managed with skill.
There is no doubt that the investment management services provided by the bank will come with a fee. Banks usually charge a percentage based on the dollar amount of the assets that they are handling and advising upon. If the amount is too low for investment management services provided, then a fixed amount is often demanded. However some banks will base their fee on actual performance and will take a percentage of returns received at a specific agreed upon time.