FUM/A up by 16 per cent to September

Funds under management and advice (FUM/A) held in retail and wholesale managed funds shot up by 16.4 per cent to $953 billion in the 12 months to September.

This comes on the back of hefty investment returns and bigger inflows into superannuation, retirement incomes, and retail investment segments, Dexx&R research showed.

This is a $134 billion increase on the September 2012 figure of $819 billion.

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FUM/A surged 5.1 per cent, or $46.1 billion, during the September 2013 quarter to $953 billion.

Of the top five retail and wholesale managers, Macquarie Group's FUM/A rose by 3.3 per cent or $16.1 billion to $64.5 billion over the 12 months to September 2013.

It comes as Macquarie Group acquired Perpetual's private wealth administration platform during the June quarter, adding $7.6 billion to its FUM/A.

Commonwealth Bank rose by 19 per cent, NAB by 18.4 per cent and Westpac recorded an 18.3 per cent increase over the 12 months.

Employer super FUM/A rose by 17.4 per cent or $17.4 billion over the year to September.

National Australia Bank (NAB) employer super FUM/A outclassed its peers, with an increase of 32.6 per cent over the year.

NAB's FUM/A rose to $26.4 billion at September 2013, up from $20 billion at September 2012.

This substantial increase is due to Plum Financial Services' recent success in winning mammoth super scheme tenders for NAB, including BHP Billiton's $2.8 billion super fund.

Westpac recorded a 16.6 per cent boost in FUM/A to $15.5 billion, Mercer jumped by 12.9 per cent to $13.2 billion and AMP rose by 12.2 per cent to $24.7 billion.

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