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TRP news release. What does all of this MEAN? Dated 19 Nov 2020
More @ https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2020/11/19/t-rowe-price-to-launch-new-investment-subsidiary.html
I guess they wish to compete against themselves.
The only question that pops into my mind (as a direct investor) is what happens if I need to transfer money after the change between PRWCX and TRBUX (as one example)? Is that going to necessitate an IRA custodial transfer involving added time and effort?
Price seems to promote competition within which can produce better results, albeit with conflict. TMSRX, as I understand it, has 5 different managers - each in charge of a separate sub-set of the fund’s multi investment approach. I’ve long wondered whether that might or may promote friction within.
Note: Changes would take effect in 2022.
It's not unusual for fund companies to have separate teams including managers and analysts to oversee different groups of funds (see, e.g. Baird). Still, the "Chinese wall" that TRP is establishing seems different.
The closest structure that comes to my mind is the separate facility Janus set up for Bill Gross. And we all know how well that went. Though Gross was strapped for resources: "Indeed, he [was] starting with just a handful of associates supporting him." I expect the new T. Rowe Price firm to be on better footing.
TRP hasn’t stumbled much in the past, so I’ll ascede to their having good intentions. While size has benefits of scale, they may be sensing that management of such a large organization is becoming a bit unwieldy, The bigger the organization the easier it is for laggards to take cover and avoid being weeded out.
Worst case (which I don’t expect) would be inability to effect simple exchanges between funds in the two groups. Geez - with separate accounts at 4 houses now and separate Roths and Traditional IRAs at TRP, I’ve had tons of practice shifting money around. Lots of work-arounds. Having a stash of cash at each designee is quite helpful, as is having similarity oriented funds at 2 fiduciaries - to a limited degree.
I haven’t called. Not too concerned. It would be nice however if they could explain it in simple terms in a Bloomberg interview or something akin to that. As far as PRWCX goes, without checking, it has to be one of their largest funds in terms of AUM. Makes perfect sense to move it to the new management complex. I did read that Giroux will also be bumped up to the senior management ranks there as part of the reorganization.
Say you own some fund in a fund family. The manager of that successful fund decides to go off on his own and form his own management company. But the fund really liked this manager, so it contracts his new company to continue managing it. Same fund, same fund family, same day-to-day management. From the investor perspecitve nothing's changed.
But the fund manager is now calling on resources of his new company for analysis and recommendations for investments, instead of using the resources of the old fund family. That's the general idea here, though the new management company, like the old one, is owned by T. Rowe Price.
I'm 10 minutes into the call, and so far, it's cosmetic word-salad.
.....(But there already is a PRHYX clone in existence. I forget the ticker.)
From the call: "...30% of AUM are in closed funds......"
So it surely sounds as if they really do want to better exploit (for example) the investing genius of the likes of Giroux, who is Manager of PRWCX. And he will be head honcho of the new TRPIM.