Fuse Research Network
From the moment Neil Bathon left Financial Research Corp. in 2006,
it seemed inevitable that he would one day start another venture
with the word "research" in it. Bathon, who founded FRC in 1987 and
built it into one of the most respected research and consulting firms
targeting asset managers, launched Fuse Research Network in September 2008,
luring talent from his old stomping ground, such as FRC president Mike
Evans and research director Sam Campbell.
Fuse in February released its debut research effort, a retirement income study
for which it partnered with Mast Hill Consulting. It has since come out with
numbers on the fastest-growing fund firms, a report examining style-boxed versus
unconstrained funds and findings from a poll of product executives. Earlier this month,
Fuse unveiled an alliance with consulting firm Momentum Partners.
Fuse's arrival on the scene came amid changes in the research and consulting
landscape. Two months after Fuse was born, FRC was sold by Citigroup to
Mercatus Partners. This summer, Strategic Insight was purchased by
Prior to starting FRC, Bathon worked at Kemper Financial Services
for three years. The diehard Baltimore Orioles, Notre Dame football
and Marquette basketball fan, who patterns his presentation style
after stand-up comedians Steven Wright and Bob Newhart, began his
career in the financial services industry at Zacks Investment Research.
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