Invesco to buy OppenheimerFunds from MassMutual

Invesco plans to buy MassMutual unit OppenheimerFunds, a Financial Times publication reported.

Invesco and MassMutual declined to comment on the report by Ignites, an FT mutual fund publication.

Invesco and other actively managed funds have faced considerable pressure since the financial crisis amid a seismic shift of money into passively managed index and exchange-traded funds.

Invesco has been building out its stable of passive products, including the acquisition of Guggenheim Investments’ ETF business.

At the end of June, Invesco’s assets under management totaled $934 billion, up 32% from the year-earlier period.

But during the quarter, investors withdrew $8 billion from Invesco funds.

Invesco shares are down 28% over the past 12 months, compared to the 17% advance on the S&P 500 Index.

OppenheimerFunds is known for its stable of municipal bond funds that have taken big bets on debt issued by Puerto Rico.

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