West Jr. This firm has close to financial advisors, many of whom hold financial certifications such as chartered financial analyst CFA. Because of the size of this staff, there are several different dedicated teams and branches within the company. SEI Investments Management Corp's client base mainly consists of individuals of varying net worths and families.
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Because of the size of this staff, there are several different dedicated teams and branches within the company. SEI Investments Management Corp's client base mainly consists of individuals of varying net worths and families. It also works with various types of retirement plans, endowments, charitable foundations, hospital organizations, banks, trust departments, registered investment advisors RIAs , trusts, estates, corporations, pooled investment vehicles, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, collective investment trusts and offshore investment funds.
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Our tax rate was Impact of COVID and Other Events The occurrence of unforeseen or catastrophic events, including the emergence of a pandemic or other widespread health emergency or concerns over the possibility of such an emergency, could create economic and financial disruptions, and could lead to operational difficulties that could impair our ability to manage our business.
Since that time, governmental authorities have implemented numerous and varying measures to stall the spread and ameliorate the impact of COVID, including travel bans and restrictions, quarantines, curfews, shelter in place and safer-at-home orders, business shutdowns and closures, and have also implemented multi-step policies with the goal of re-opening domestic and global markets.
Certain jurisdictions have begun re-opening only to return to restrictions in the face of increases in new COVID cases. In March , we executed upon our business resiliency and contingency plans. To date, our remote capabilities have proven to be effective during the disruption caused by the COVID pandemic with almost the entire workforce working remotely, with only a very limited number of on-site activities in our operational offices continuing to be performed. We continue to closely monitor the domestic and international landscape for changes in governmental measures both in the United States and in the locations where we rely on critical outsourced services.
We continue to be in regular contact with regulators, clients and vendors to confirm the measures taken to continue operating during this crisis, taking into consideration the latest announcements from state and federal authorities. We are also in continuous communication with our workforce to provide for the health and welfare of our employees working remotely and have implemented a return plan that is available for review on our website for those employees working in our operational offices.
Currently, we have approximately employees that routinely work out of our offices world-wide. We will monitor the ability of these individuals to work as safely as possible at our offices and make adjustments to the number of on-site personnel either increases or decreases accordingly. We expect that the individual circumstances of our employees regarding school, childcare, care-giving and underlying health concerns will significantly impact our ability to return staff to their primary office locations.
The majority of our revenues are based on the value of assets invested in investment products that we manage or administer which are affected by changes in the capital markets and the portfolio strategy of our clients or their customers. The market volatility in response to measures taken to contain the spread of COVID negatively impacted our asset-based fee revenues and partially offset our revenue growth. Additionally, changes in the portfolio strategy of our clients or their customers in response to market volatility resulted in asset flows into our lower margin liquidity products and negatively impacted our earnings.
While we have developed and implemented and continue to develop and implement health and safety protocols, business continuity plans and crisis management protocols designed to mitigate the potentially negative impact of COVID to our employees and our business, the extent of the impact of the pandemic on our business and financial results will continue to depend on numerous evolving factors that we are not able to accurately predict and which will vary by market, including the duration and scope of the pandemic, global economic conditions during and after the pandemic, governmental actions that have been taken, or may be taken in the future, in response to the pandemic, the extent that critical public and private infrastructure functions upon which we rely are suspended and changes in investor and consumer behavior in response to 30 the pandemic.
The resulting market conditions may adversely affect our revenues and earnings derived from assets under management and administration. We are aware of a ransomware attack that occurred on May 17, , at M. We are also aware that certain client data was illegally accessed and revealed by cybercriminal s.
The applications themselves were not compromised by this attack. We take our clients' security very seriously, and we are working with Brunner, the FBI and our impacted clients to understand the extent to which SEI's or our clients' data has been exposed.
We are also working with the appropriate parties with respect to notification and remediation protocols. The root cause of the attack was not predicated on vulnerability within SEI's network, and neither SEI's network nor operations were compromised, attacked or otherwise affected as part of this incident. While there were direct and indirect expenses associated with the incident in the second-quarter , and will be in the third-quarter , it is not expected these will be material.
On July 1, , one of our storage arrays supported by our third party vendor, Dell-EMC, failed due to the operation of an application deployed by the vendor as part of our production infrastructure. As a consequence of the hardware failure, transactional activities on our platforms were extremely limited on July 1st and 2nd. This event was not caused by a third-party actor.
While there will be direct and indirect expenses in the third-quarter associated with the outage, it is not expected these will be material. In response to the outage, we have launched a project internally, that will be supported by third-party experts, to identify tactical and strategic improvements that we should make across our enterprise technology footprint, including a review and improvement of our technical and operational resiliency plans and capabilities.
We expect that this work will lead to recommendations that will result in additional investments of capital in hardware, software and personnel. We expect these costs will include both new investments as well as a reprioritization of current spend. Currently, we are not able to fully-estimate the total amount of additional expense as this will be part of an ongoing strategy around recovery and resiliency. B Equity and fixed-income programs include assets managed by LSV in which fees are based on performance only.
In the preceding tables, assets under management are total assets of our clients or their customers invested in our equity and fixed-income investment programs, collective trust fund programs, and liquidity funds for which we provide asset management services through our subsidiaries and partnerships in which we have a significant interest.
Assets under advisement include assets for which we provide advisory services through a subsidiary to the accounts but do not manage the underlying assets. The assets presented in the preceding tables do not include assets processed on SWP and are not included in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets because we do not own them. Other Corporate overhead expenses Corporate overhead expenses primarily consist of general and administrative expenses and other costs not directly attributable to a reportable business segment.
The decrease in corporate overhead expenses during the six month period is primarily due to a decrease in non-recurring personnel-related costs. Net loss from investments in the six months ended June 30, were primarily due to unrealized losses recorded in current earnings related to LSV-sponsored investment funds and Company-sponsored mutual funds from the market volatility caused by the COVID pandemic See Note 5. Interest and dividend income Interest and dividend income is earned based upon the amount of cash that is invested daily.
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The Company's Level 3 financial liabilities at June 30, and December 31, consist entirely of the estimated contingent consideration resulting from an acquisition See Note 12 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. We did not have any other financial liabilities at June 30, or December 31, that were required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis See Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Regulatory Matters Like many firms operating within the financial services industry, we are experiencing a difficult and increasingly complex regulatory environment across our markets. Our current scale and reach as a provider to the financial services industry, the introduction and implementation of new platforms for our financial services industry clients, the increased regulatory oversight of the financial services industry generally, new laws and regulations affecting the financial services industry and ever-changing regulatory interpretations of existing laws and regulations, and a greater propensity of regulators to pursue enforcement actions and other sanctions against regulated entities, have made this an increasingly challenging and costly regulatory environment in which to operate.
SEI and our regulated subsidiaries have undergone or been scheduled to undergo a range of periodic or thematic reviews, examinations or investigations by numerous regulatory authorities around the world, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency , the Securities and Exchange Commission , the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.
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From time to time, the regulators in different jurisdictions will elevate their level of scrutiny of our operations as our business expands or is deemed critical to the operations of the relevant financial markets. As described under the caption "Regulatory Considerations" in our Annual Report on Form K, the range of possible sanctions that are available to regulatory authorities include limitations on our ability to engage in business for specified periods of time, the revocation of registration, censures and fines.
The direct and indirect costs of responding to these regulatory activities, implementation of any remediation actions, and of complying with new or modified regulations, as well as the potential financial costs and potential reputational impact against us of any enforcement proceedings that might result, is uncertain but could have a material adverse impact on our operating results or financial position.
At June 30, , our unused sources of liquidity consisted of cash and cash equivalents and the amount available under our credit facility. These letters of credit were primarily issued for the expansion of our corporate headquarters and are due to expire in late The availability of the credit facility is subject to compliance with certain covenants set forth in the agreement. The credit facility contains covenants which restrict our ability to engage in mergers, consolidations, asset sales, investments, transactions with affiliates other than wholly-owned subsidiaries, or to incur liens or other indebtedness including contingent obligations or guarantees, as defined in the agreement.
In the event of a default under the credit facility, we would also be restricted from paying dividends on, or repurchasing, our common stock. Currently, our ability to borrow from the credit facility is not limited by any covenant of the agreement. Our credit facility is provided through Wells Fargo Bank, National Association , and a syndicate of other well-established financial institutions.
As of July 23, , we are not aware of any issues related to the ability of the lenders to honor the borrowing terms in our credit facility agreement. We are currently monitoring the actions of LIBOR's regulator and the implementation of alternative reference rates in advance of the expected discontinuation of LIBOR after to determine any potential impact to our current credit facility and negotiations for subsequent borrowing agreements.
The majority of our excess cash reserves are primarily placed in accounts located in the United States that invest entirely in SEI-sponsored money market mutual funds denominated in the U. We also utilize demand deposit accounts or money market accounts at several well-established financial institutions located in the United States.
Accounts used to manage these excess cash reserves do not impose any restrictions or limitations that would prevent us from being able to access such cash amounts immediately. Our cash and cash equivalents include accounts managed by our subsidiaries that are used in their operations or to cover specific business and regulatory requirements. The availability of this cash for other purposes beyond the operations of these subsidiaries may be limited.
We therefore do not include accounts of our foreign subsidiaries in our calculation of free and immediately accessible cash for other general corporate purposes. A portion of the undistributed earnings of our foreign subsidiaries are deemed repatriated. Any subsequent transfer of available cash related to the repatriated earnings of our foreign subsidiaries could significantly increase our free and immediately accessible cash.
The increase was partially offset by the decline in our net income. The majority of our software development costs are related to significant enhancements for the expanded functionality of the SEI Wealth Platform. Our expenditures in and primarily include purchased software, equipment for our data center operations and the expansion of our corporate headquarters which is 40 scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter Our Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of our common stock through multiple authorizations.
Currently, there is no expiration date for our common stock repurchase program. The increase in proceeds is primarily attributable to a higher level of stock option exercise activity. We believe our operating cash flow, available borrowing capacity, and existing cash and cash equivalents should provide adequate funds for ongoing operations; continued investment in new products and equipment; our common stock repurchase program, expansion of our corporate headquarters and future dividend payments.
Those are the kind of shocker the department has been through. This type of thing before even though, yeah, this one is more prolonged than other periods. And the historical perspective for what it's worth would suggests that when it turns, it will turn very much as our favor. I appreciate that. But I know over the -- I think it was back at the end of July or so there was one of your vendors had their ransomware pack that I guess exposed some of your client data.
So I was kind of curious if you've seen any expense or fall out related to that or maybe -- and maybe this is a question for Steve or one of the other segments kind of how it maybe impacted or changed in any way your approach to working with some of your outside vendors.
I would say, we're a firm that's always in constant improvement. So when it comes to vendor management, it's an area that whether we had this event or not we would have been consistent with our approach to risk management and vendor management. Now this points to us at something that in terms of the issues associated with this particular event that our vendor program would have caught this even if it had elements in it.
So we're looking at all of that. I'll leave it maybe any follow-up questions to Steve since it's more kind of end-market elements to it as well. But we feel like we're -- from a market perspective this is kind of behind us. It's more just evaluating our condition and improving from here. I mean should we expect that there may be at least for a couple of quarters a little bit more kind of trailing expenses related to this or that it's pretty much behind you and your I would say they're incrementally -- look, given what we expensed in the third quarter.
I don't see anything on top of that, probably be down a little bit. And the only area we would have some expenditures out of pocket will be professional services related consultants and I'll just -- but it's not -- I wouldn't say it's any greater than what we've incurred in the third quarter. And in terms of how we should think about that going forward. And I guess how much do you expect it to come down as you progress through ?
I think, it's my expectation is it will be gradual in the first quarter, a little bit more in the second quarter and then more significantly in the third through where hopefully is pretty much off the books in -- by the end of the year. No, there's a couple of elements in there. One, first of all, you may not -- whether you're aware or not, we're self-insured on healthcare.
We have catastrophic coverage and obviously, it's over the top. But for the first part, we'll pay as we go for healthcare. And what we saw in the third quarter which I think other companies are probably going to have similar experience there was a lot of catch-up in the third quarter in the healthcare arena as people stayed away from their medical appointments and medical treatments in the second quarter because of COVID and it popped back up in the third quarter.
So there was some catch-up in terms of healthcare usage if you will. And then we -- unfortunately we had one fairly significant individual health situation that also added to the expense. So that will -- I don't expect that to repeat itself in the fourth quarter. There may still be some level of catch-up for people but it should normalize.
And then let's see maybe one more. And you said it was across segments. Were there any segments where it was more pronounced than others? Maybe a little bit in banking. I'm good. So some companies started to talk about upside and downside of working from home. I mean, the way we're thinking about the return to office, work is -- right now, we have about or so employees in our offices, mostly here in Pennsylvania. We've recently announced our workforce that we wouldn't be bringing back any significant numbers again until the earliest March 1.
So we were few months ago, we are more hopeful, that the pandemic would have progressed further than it has, we would have been able to bring more people back by now, but so we made that announcement. At the same time, we also reminded our workforce that there may be instances where we might need to pull some people into the office or offices or a specific periods of time for their job functions, particularly when we get closer to year end, so year end processing.
In terms of additional costs, we would incur more adjustments. I don't really see much change on that front over the next quarter. We are very cognizant of making sure that our employees have a -- as comfortable work from home experiences as they can have. So we've done a lot on that front already. We're also cognizant of -- in really all of our locations, the challenges that working parents are having, the school -- school-aged children or younger than school-aged children.
So we've made some adjustments there, what we think will -- can help at least a little bit with that issue. Over the next quarter, we're certainly not planning any big client events or celebrations. And I'd say, and when it comes to travel, and the movement of our workforce out into the field and conversely the movement of clients visiting campus, that will occur, and it is occurring on a very limited basis.
I'd expect that will expand a little bit over time, but I would expect that really to get anywhere close to. So I'll call it normal for a while. And it's really twofold. One, we're very protective of our workforce and our willingness to let them travel and conversely prospects and clients really don't want a lot of visitors. So we can accommodate visitors here to campus safely, we prepared the campus for that.
We have protocols for our employees who do travel, who were required to travel by client demand and voluntarily travel I might -- but I don't see travel and entertainment changed much. Dennis, just a tax follow-up maybe two. I know it's always hard to predict just given moves around with option exercises and what not. But any venture where you sit now, what you're kind of thinking of that as a kind of tax rate going forward?
I think it will be in this range. Third quarter, we had a little bit of tax benefit from some expiring elements for the most part, it should be on a similar range to third quarter than the fourth quarter. And then maybe one last thing on a few straight patients and I know the last thing you ever want to be talking about is hypotheticals. But hypothetically, if down the road we have -- are facing higher corporate tax rates maybe who knows, but is there any reason where you sit today, would you expect kind of let's say what basis point increase that would be kind of the full effect on you guys or is there any way where you're saying that you think it maybe puts a foreign-sourced income or something it would be less?
Trying to get your own kind of sense on that? Hypothetically, I think we would have to prepare for any, I would say flat direct increase in the statutory rate, without any other elements of adjustment. It will probably hit us pretty directly.
And I don't know if you recall, when the tax cut occurred, we got pretty much full benefit from that as well. And there is also this little thing on most companies balance sheet call deferred tax assets or liabilities, those have to adjust as well. So if you get these one quarter anomalies, one that -- and we all have that, we don't have it probably as much as most companies and something to watch out for hypothetically. Thanks, Dennis.
In comparison to the second quarter of , revenues for the segment were up 6. This year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by previously announced client losses and a decline in our asset management business. And turning to sales activity. The difference between our gross events and the net events was primarily due to a small net down in one of our deals signed for the quarter. The average term for our recontracts this quarter was 3.
I'm pleased to announce that during the quarter, we signed an agreement with one of our largest and longest-running client partners US Bank to adopt the SEI Wealth Platform. US Bank, the fifth largest bank in the nation has been a client of SEI since and will join over 50 other signed clients committed to utilizing SWP as the core technology and infrastructure to grow and modernize their wealth management business.
US Bank selected the SEI Wealth Platform to fuel their global growth, strategic initiatives and to take advantage of an upgraded technology and infrastructure solution set that will power the future of their wealth management and investment services business. As this is a large scale implementation, we expect a multi-phase, multi-year conversion.
We have started implementation activities with US Bank. This event is significant for us for several reasons. First, it validates our One SEI strategy, as we were able to modularize our platform and approach to offer only core to core back office for SWP and move this agenda faster, finalizing it during the pandemic. And finally, this will allow us to support US Bank's continued global growth in a more meaningful way.
We have enjoyed many milestones as long time partners with US Bank in this industry and we are thrilled to be able to continue our long-term partnership as well as to expand our relationship. We won this business in a competitive process and we expect Pacific Premier Trust to migrate SWP from a competitor platform in the first half of and we look forward to welcoming them to be SEI family and supporting their future growth initiatives.
From a UK perspective, we continue to see -- continued expansion and growth from the Fusion Schroders migration and continued progression with the HSBC implementation. Turning to implementation activity. While others in the industry are experiencing implementation delays, we continue to install clients on time and on budget. Throughout the quarter, SEI and our client partner teams continue to successfully operate in virtual environment and met all milestones and live dates to avoid any disruption to our clients' business.
The teams have enhanced our remote training, and implementation capabilities and the continued success of these conversions will ensure our ongoing ability to bring clients live under unforeseen circumstances. This capability to finalize these implementations during these disruptive times is a testament to our clients, our workforce and bodes well for the future. Our AUM increase was due to market appreciation. And turning to the business environment. Despite the ongoing pandemic and the challenges that has brought, we continue to operate as business as usual and our workforce continues to rise to the occasion and across our company, we have executed extremely well, finding new ways to engage clients and prospects.
I'm encouraged by the continued strong market activity, we are seeing and the growth opportunities in front of us. I'm further encouraged by the execution of our One SEI strategy and the investments we are making in our platforms and business to drive sustainable growth. Our people, our culture, and our technology or differentiators. And I feel well positioned due to them. Thank you for taking my questions, again. Sorry, Steve, for the one-time revenue, I didn't get the amount.
How much was the one-time revenue and what was that? And overall, we see margin started to expand from here? Should we take it as a sign that it's the beginning of a more sustainable margin expansion from here, or is it too early to say it will balance the line over the next couple of quarters.
As far as the margin, I would say, yeah, we're still dealing with the client losses that we've announced at nauseam before and we're still going to kind of digest them through this quarter and the rest of this year. I think, I've mentioned this before on a number of calls, my hope is that sometime in as we get through this and start to implement in a more meaningful way our backlog.
I'm hoping to get to a point where we can have a more sustainable and accelerating margin path. All good. Lot of the numbers you went through I think pretty quickly. So maybe if you can go back. Well, I guess, my first question is really of the private bank SWP win. Is that -- I'm assuming that's incorporated into your kind of net numbers to the quarter and how should we think about -- is that kind of sort of a neutral revenue impact for a while?
I'm just trying to get a sense of how that impacts just your revenue. Sure, Robert. That's a great question and I understand there's a lot of moving parts here. And like in the past, any time an existing client moves to SWP even when it's in a competitive process, while, I'd love to announce the entire event as new revenue, we can't, we obviously have revenue on the books.
So we only announce earning data. But we have the ability now as I said to kind of land and expand and upsell US Bank and potentially negate or improve that net down. So the gross, it reflects obviously that and the net reflects the net down from that as well as the new sale and any net-ups we had from that. The importance I think that you should take from this and I know we talked about this a little last quarter. For the next three to seven years, quite frankly, I think that is the significant point that you should take.
And I think it's the important point we should take going forward. When we look at growing this business, there is really four legs to growing this. One, retaining our existing clients. Two, growing our existing clients. Three, freeing new clients on. And four, expanding our opportunities, our solutions and our markets and our best, if you will.
We're doing all four. That's still the right way to think of it? Yeah, I think so. If I looked at it now, we've obviously added to that backlog now. But I'd say that's still directionally correct, how we would look at it. Obviously some of the deals that are in conversion, that will be down to about 15 months, but some of the new we added, will add to that.
So first on US Bank. So if that's -- it sounds like a modest net down recognizing it's like-for-like. And it's -- that's certainly isn't kind of the same as your experience in Wells Fargo five years ago when you announced that, that always like-for-like also, but was still a pretty nice step up in recurring revenue. Well, Chris, they did not buy the full stack of SWP. So, while -- what they're getting certainly is a step up to what they have, but they have not bought the full stack.
So again going back to our One SEI strategy, some of the talks we've had, the full stack, while, extremely powerful and extremely valuable is sometimes hard for the such big -- such a big transformational change. So all the value-add front office applications, unlike Wells are not included in this.
So obviously US Bank is quite a large and long-standing partner. And obviously getting this done in this time given the pandemic and securing this revenue and the move to SWP and giving us the opportunity to grow, I think is a significant step.
Okay, makes sense. And then, secondly on maybe expenses just help us think through the trajectory of expenses in your business not only Q2 to Q3, but just how we should think about them going forward? So is Q3, a good jumping off point I guess. So certainly, expenses were up. Dennis went over them a little bit. Half of it was tied to some of the processing and trade corrections that Dennis had mentioned. And the remainder was personnel expenses, kind of partly due to our normal mid-year raise cycle.
And some of it very positively tied to some new headcount tied to new revenue coming in. So I think going forward, obviously, as I've said before, my job is to grow the topline and bottom line. We've got a great group of people that are focused on this. And we're going to manage expenses, but as we bring new business on, you will see an uptick in some of our personnel and some of our technology, but that's in the vein of bringing new revenue in.
But we're very focused on managing this and hopefully keeping it flat or bringing it down and hopefully getting into next year where I can provide a more sustainable and accelerating profit trajectory. Got it. For the quarter. Is there any -- excuse me. Is there any sign of that business turning a quarter, it feels like you're sort of in this flattish to slightly negative in most quarters these days.
I think what's going to happen and I think where we're in, you can imagine the environment. And I think private banks are taking a pretty conservative view on their asset management side. We see a -- and that negative for us, that was really made up of two clients who really were deciding to put a cash position, a more defensive cash position together. And we see a lot of unrest with the election coming, the pandemic going on.
So, I think to turn the corner fully, we're going to be a little bit more -- we could see a little bit more stabilization after the election and some of the other things for the banks to feel a little bit more comfortable to lean in. Just on the TRUST platform, I know you still have some clients on that platform and it's profitable, and you've talked about wanting to keep that platform running for a while.
Just want to get a sense of where we're at in the transition and has the pandemic in the current economic environment impacted the appetite from migrating to TRUST to SWP at all? I think certainly some people, some of our clients aren't entertaining any moves right now because of the pandemic, I'd put them on the lower side. I think we're still engaged with many of them on the increasing capabilities they can get with SWP, then I think that will happen in the normal course.
And I think as I've said before, TRUST is still a very powerful platform that competes well in the market and I view it and the one word I always use, it's an asset and I would say, it's a growing asset. So my view of it right now is we're going to continue with that and it's a growing asset, we're going to continue to support it.
And as we continue to move clients to SWP, yeah, we'll continue to look at it. But I think with the One SEI mindset, there's opportunities for us to take components of our other platforms, combined with TRUST and provide an even powerful tool because I do think, when we look at the grand scheme of the clients left from TRUST , there is some that SWP might not be a fit for, for a number of reasons including, maybe the limited size of their wealth management business, maybe they're more on trust side and maybe the capabilities to provide them are ones that they just don't want to invest in right now.
But I think there is opportunities for us to continue to grow the trust relationship and expand our services through some of the other assets via the One SEI mindset. Doing fine. Wanted to ask questions on the land and expand strategy, and it's -- my question is directly about US Bank, but I wouldn't expect you to answer directly.
So just thinking in general about landing and expanding with the One SEI strategy, what are you competing against as you think not so much on the core to core transaction that you're doing now with US Bank. Well, thank you. That's the way I was going to answer that. I don't want to speak specifically about any one client. But what I would say the norm across all banks we're seeing anywhere from home grown legacy technology to plug-and-play front office anywhere from CRM to portfolio management to modeling software.
So it kind of runs the gamut. But the key is, it's in many cases very disparate technologies cobbled together to solve the situation, but in the long term, it's made the situation worse. So they're really looking for a straight through powerful platform and technology stack. And I think part of the benefit of doing it this way is, it gives them the ability to digest a major part of the improved platform and then start to transition other pieces in a more kind of expanded cadence, which I think is a very appetizing especially when you look at in many of these firms have a number of systems anywhere from 5 to So I think it provides definitely a better trajectory in a more acceptable less risky way of transforming their internal operations and replacing the internal systems.
With no other questions, I'll turn to in the Investment Managers segment. This year-over-year revenue increase was due primarily to net new client fundings and existing client expansion. Higher profits year-over-year were primarily driven by an increase in revenue offset by a smaller increase in personnel expense and investments. And turning to market activity. These events include the following highlights. In our alternative market unit, we closed a number of strategic new names, while sales to existing clients continue to be robust as these clients continue to launch new products.
This significant deal demonstrates our capability to deliver stand-alone comprehensive platform solutions in addition to our standard role as fund administrator. In addition, we were selected by a start-up credit shop with a significant track record, capitalizing on the -- on our market leadership in the private credit space and we were also selected by a growing private equity real estate manager to convert from a competitor, due to our operational expertise and technology platform.
In our traditional market unit, in addition to continuing our momentum with collective investment trusts, and expanding our relationships with our client, we also are pleased to announce the addition of our first turnkey ETF clients to our advisors in our circle trust platform. In Europe, private credit, private equity and real assets continue to be the main drivers of new fund launches with strong cross-sells with existing clients.
In our family office services unit, we continue to see steady demand in the single-family office segment with new name sales events for the Archway Platform. In summary, we continue to see strong momentum in the business and across our client base. As we all know, this year has had its fair share of challenges and I'm immensely proud of our workforce, who are the real key to our continued success.
Their persistence and resilience in the face of these challenges have been nothing less than remarkable and is being noticed and appreciated by our clients. As we enter the final stretch of , we will continue on executing on our growth opportunities as well as investing in our overall platform, including the front end platform, which we feel had significant growth opportunity for us.
Just a question on the fee rate. So if I looked at Investment Managers revenues over your average assets under administration and management, it looks like the fee rate came down a bit this quarter. I just wanted to check, is that because of pricing pressure or is it asset appreciation and on-boarding coming in at the end, so the fee rate should then roll forward? I think it's more of the latter. And if you think of this quarter, our new events and even looking at the new events that funded, a lot of it is with existing clients.
And many of those clients might be reaching higher tiers or lower tiers of their breakpoints etc. So I would say it's more a function of that as well as, you know, as we look for some of our products and solutions, they are less tied to assets and more tied to a platform fee in some other volume increases. But I'd say the primary for the quarter is more of the type of business that came in from clients.
I'll leave it out, so you can ask me for it. Can you maybe give us some color around what you saw this quarter or maybe last or expecting in terms of kind of -- are you kind of recontracting kind of similar revenue level, but adding some additional services? I'm just trying to get some color around kind of the So every -- rather it's a -- every client is a little different.
Some clients have -- depending on the segment, some clients have had a rough year and maybe their assets have dropped and certainly we're a good partner and we'll lean in to help them as we recontract and look for the future and potentially to sell them other business.
But I think, mostly for this quarter, we saw recontracting at the same fee level, and just a continuation and expansion of years, and in some case, expansion of services and an uptick, because of the expansion of the services. Steve, just a quick modeling question. In this quarter -- in this segment, I'd say half the uptick was really tied to personnel and I would say that was a combination of the -- again, our mid-year salary and promotion kind of routine we go through, as well as new people -- hiring new people for new business, which I think is a great sign.
And there was some others around the consulting, and professional services. And as Dennis mentioned a little bit due to professional fees and cost due to some of the other situations we had at the -- earlier this year. I think for the most part, we're looking to manage the expenses, we could see some uptick due to personnel and continue to bring new revenue and new business in but we're hoping to keep that at a modest pace.
If there is no other questions, I will turn it over to Wayne Withrow to go over the Advisors segment. Wayne M. Thanks, Steve. During the third quarter of , we continued execution of our business strategy in a virtual environment. While making progress, we continue to evolve our virtual model and feel we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this new reality. These revenues were flat compared to the third quarter of last year.
Now, while revenues were flat, our asset balances increased year-over-year, but our asset mix resulted in this growth, not being reflected in revenue growth. The good news is, these assets are on our platform and we hope to receive increased fees as they move into equity and fixed income products. Like revenues, expenses were flat compared to the third quarter of last year. The corporatewide increases Dennis discussed and increases in sub-advisory expenses driven by our SMA program and mostly -- were mostly offset by savings in an assortment of other areas including travel and sales compensation.
Our profits remained flat from last year's third quarter. This is up roughly 2. Codiack BioSciences CDAK As we have all learned from coronavirus pandemic, some new thing in medical science can make huge impact on our world. Codiack aims to turn that principle to good. This research-oriented pharmaceutical aims to turn exosome therapeutics into a whole new class of medicines.
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