The firm keeps its Average Parent rating.
New York Life, the insurance giant that owns NYL Investments, tapped Naïm Abou-Jaoudé to be the asset manager's CEO after the previous CEO departed. Abou-Jaoudé inherits a firm that has grown by building internally and through acquisition. The firm offers mandates in partnership with 13 different asset managers--eight of which are wholly or partially owned affiliates – through several global outlets. Most U.S. funds fall under the established MainStay brand, whereas IndexIQ oversees a growing lineup of ETFs managed both internally and by other affiliates. Candriam, at which Abou-Jaoudé has been CEO even prior to its 2014 acquisition by NYL Investments, takes the lead in Europe through its own offerings and through those subadvised by other boutiques.
Plenty of these capabilities are compelling, with Candriam and fellow affiliates MacKay Shields and Ausbil sporting standout teams in several wheelhouses. Yet many of the boutiques have also struggled with managing bloated lineups or with improving lagging teams. NYL Investments hasn't shied from changing subadvisors or merging platforms and doesn't have a spotless record of managing capacity or of avoiding trendy offerings.