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What Could Help T. Rowe Price in Q2 2018

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Assets under management

Of T. Rowe Price’s (TROW) total assets under management in the first quarter, $579.3 billion comprised equity, $135.8 billion comprised fixed income and money market assets, and $299.1 billion were multi-asset funds. In the first quarter, T. Rowe’s equity and blended US mutual funds generated investment advisory revenue of $705.5 million. In the second half of 2018, lower equity allocation could affect the company’s investment advisory revenue.

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Debt products could help

Amid trade conflict, investors may increase their debt product allocation. As a result, in the second half of 2018, T. Rowe Price’s fixed income and money market assets could see higher inflows, as they carry less risk than equities. As of July 13, asset managers (XLF) State Street (STT) and Invesco (IVZ) had fallen 5.9% over the past month, while BlackRock (BLK) and T. Rowe had fallen 3.1% and 3.6%, respectively, primarily due to concern over US-China trade tension.

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