About the Author

Robert Barnett

Senior Vice President and Head of Intermediary Sales Distribution

Rob is Senior Vice President, and Institutional Business Line Leader for Retirement and Institutional Custody Services. He leads the Intermediary Sales team and is the product leader for the Collective Investment Trust business. He is responsible for building and managing enterprise level partnerships and strategic alliances that create opportunities to broaden the business and service offering.

He has over a decade of industry experience, with more than half of those spent with Wilmington Trust.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Washington State University.


By the Author

Celebrating a Year of Partnership for Collective Investment Trusts

Robert Barnett |
Collective Investment Trusts

In 2019, Wilmington Trust, in partnership with the Nasdaq Fund Network, launched the first tickers for Collective Investment Trust (CITs). On September 30, 2020, we hosted an event to celebrate the one-year anniversary, discuss some learnings with industry professionals, and share our vision for the future. Join our panelists and moderator, Anya Krymkowski, Associate Director, Retirement, Cerulli Associates, as they discuss their perspectives and progress over the last year.

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Consider How CITs Can Fit into Your Practice

Robert Barnett |
Collective Investment Trusts

Head of Retirement Distribution Rob Barnett explains why Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) are an option deserving of a fresh look from advisers for use in defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) plans in this article reprint from the June 15, 2020 edition of PLANADVISER.com. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous economic toll on businesses and individuals, forcing people to evaluate critical issues, including how well their retirement plan can weather this storm.

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Webinar: Nasdaq Fund Network: Creating Transparency for CITs

Robert Barnett |
Collective Investment Trusts

Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) are gaining traction and eligible investors are combining these assets into a single investment portfolio, or fund. These tax-exempt, pooled investment vehicles are typically sponsored and maintained by a bank or trust company acting as trustee. Often, they are used to pursue a set of stated investment objectives and strategies.In recent years, CITs have seen tremendous growth and are becoming a bigger part of the retirement puzzle.

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The Collective Investment Trust: An Important Piece in the Retirement-Planning Puzzle

Robert Barnett |
Collective Investment Trusts
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What are the advantages of CITs for advisors, consultants, and plan sponsors? First, they may lower fees. By ensuring access to CITs, advisors can support plan sponsors and participants by maximizing every dollar the participant puts aside for retirement. Second, they offer a a streamlined process. By employing CITs as part of the solution, advisors can use their buying power to streamline their work with clients and a single manager for a strategy.

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