eVestment Blog

23 May

African Fund Managers Attract Global Investors in First Quarter

African-based fund managers enjoyed a strong start to 2017 with increased interest and flows from international institutional investors. Views of products managed by African managers jumped 64 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous three months, according to eVestment data, while net positive institutional flows reached their highest level since the third quarter [...]
22 May

Five Ways for Active Managers to Ward Off Passive Momentum

The active asset management industry is going through a tough time, especially in the U.S. market, due to investors’ preferences shifting toward passive funds. Industry publication FundFire held a recent webcast talking about how active institutional asset managers can fight back against passive management’s momentum. Panelists discussed how firms are turning to in-depth analysis, customized [...]
19 May

Investors Pause on Hedge Fund Allocations in April

After a positive first quarter of 2017 where investors tiptoed back into hedge funds, April saw a bit of a pause, with investors pulling $930 million from the global hedge fund industry, according to the just-released eVestment April 2017 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Overall industry assets stood at $3.106 trillion in April and year-to-date [...]
16 May

Orange County Reallocating $2B, Wyoming SLIB Adjusts Asset Allocation, Hawaii Seeking Global Gov’t Bonds

Among documents added to Public Plan IQ last week were materials for: Contra Costa, Hawaii ERS, Los Angeles City, Michigan Muni, Missouri ERS, New Mexico PERA, New York City, Orange County, San Joaquin, Seattle, Texas Muni, Texas Teachers, Washington, and West Virginia.  At their last meeting, Orange County reviewed Meketa's Asset Allocation Implementation plan. Meketa is recommending the [...]
12 May

Equity Strategies Big Hedge Fund Winners in April

One-third of the way into 2017, hedge funds are performing well, returning +0.66% in April and +3.04% year-to-date (YTD), according to the just-released April 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. All major strategies were positive in April, and only one primary market, commodities, produced negative results. Equity strategies were among the big winners in April. [...]
11 May

New Questionnaire Lets Hedge Funds Share ESG Info

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) recently announced in London the launch of the first industry-standard due diligence questionnaire (DDQ) for hedge funds that have an environmental, social and governance (ESG) or “responsible investment” (RI) focus. The DDQ is the result of lengthy collaboration between investors, investment managers, industry associations like the Alternative Investment Management [...]
09 May

Investment Pros Have Strong Equities Focus in April

The majority of the most popular investment strategies and universes viewed in April by institutional investment professionals using eVestment were equity focused, both on a global basis and in key break-out geographic regions, according to eVestment’s just-released Advantage Investment Viewership Report for April 2017. Eleven new products, all equity-focused, entered the global top 20 list [...]
03 May
eVestment Universes

Understanding eVestment Universe Classifications

We’ve now made it easier for our clients to have more visibility into how we classify products into eVestment universes. Experienced eVestment analysts use a combination of performance and style analysis, portfolio characteristics, country and currency allocations, and review of the strategy's narratives to classify products. For our investment manager clients, a new section on [...]
27 Apr

Alt Funds AUA Up, Private Equity Top Growth Area

Alternative fund administrators responding to eVestment’s 2017 Alternative Fund Administration survey, released today, reported assets under administration increased to US $7.64 trillion, up 14.15% from the prior year. Highlighting the continued growth in third party administration of private equity funds, survey respondents saw private equity as the strongest area of anticipated business growth, as they [...]
26 Apr

Custom Universes Now Available in Holdings Analysis

Consultant and investor clients now have a new way to use Holdings Analysis to perform apples-to-apples comparisons on a targeted list of investment managers you are researching on eVestment as part of your due diligence process. What’s new? You can now create customized, targeted peer groups at the firm and private level to use during [...]