eVestment Blog

20 Nov

Beat Your Biases to Boost Manager Selection

Welcome guest author Mark Thurston, founder and partner at consultancy firm Alpha Signal. Mark was previously head of equity manager research at Russell Investments, where he worked for 25 years. Understanding the true nature of our biases is essential when it comes to making better decisions. The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined [...]
13 Nov

Hedge Funds Go Negative YTD with October Performance

Performance challenges in the global hedge fund industry continued in October, according to the latest eVestment hedge fund performance data. The industry’s aggregate performance of -3.10% for the month dragged year-to-date (YTD) performance into the red at -2.55% and October was the second lowest month in performance since September 2011. The search for bright spots [...]
12 Nov

How to Find Private Equity Fundraising Success: Tailoring Your Pitch

This is the third of a four-part blog series for private markets investor relations professionals, exploring how to find and utilize various key sources of information on the private equity market, US public plan investors and other fund managers to help accelerate fundraising and improve investor communications. Find part one, “Understanding the Market” here and [...]
24 Oct

September Hedge Fund Flows Pull YTD Flows Nearly Flat

Investors removed an estimated $14.72 billion from hedge funds in September pushing Q3 net flows into negative territory with an estimated $5.71 billion leaving the industry in Q3, according to the just-released September 2018 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Year-to-date net flows are essentially now flat with a very slight net $70 million inflow. [...]
18 Oct

How to Find Private Equity Fundraising Success: Assessing Investor and Fund Fit

This is the second of a four-part blog series for private markets investor relations professionals, exploring how to find and utilize various key sources of information on the private equity market, US public plan investors and other fund managers to help accelerate fundraising and improve investor communications. Find part one, “Understanding the Market”, here. By [...]
17 Oct

Market Lens Arms Managers with Insights to Win More Mandates

Institutional asset managers looking for the next level of insights in their pursuit of institutional investment mandates can now turn to Market Lens from eVestment. Market Lens offers a robust feature set including a comprehensive mandate database; investor, consultant and manager profiles; and more than 35,000 documents, audio recordings and videos. These assets include manager [...]
16 Oct

Gaining Deeper Insight into Private Equity Value Creation with IRR Attribution Analysis

The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) has several well documented issues but remains the most commonly used measure of private market performance. One of the most commonly cited issues relates to how early strong performance can ‘bake in’ a good long-term performance, as shown in figure 1. For managers with long track records, their historic [...]
16 Oct

Europeans Up Interest in Unconstrained Bond Strategies

Unconstrained bond assets are on the rise. Across both retail and institutional accounts, assets under management in these strategies rose from $153.2 billion in Q2 2013 to $289.7 billion in Q2 2018, for a five-year compound annual growth rate of 13.6%, according to eVestment’s new Global Unconstrained Fixed Income Report. European investors in particular are [...]
11 Oct

At End of Q3, Hedge Funds are Behind 2017 Returns

Global hedge fund industry performance dipped negative in September, with overall industry returns at -0.17% last month, according to the latest eVestment data. This brings Q3 returns to just barely positive at +0.30% and year to date (YTD) returns to +0.53%. This is a far cry from the industry’s aggregate return of +8.92% for 2017 [...]
09 Oct

Equity Strategies Tops Among eVestment Users in September

All but one of the top products viewed by eVestment investor and consultant users globally in September were equity strategies, according to the latest eVestment Advantage Viewership Report covering last month. The one non-purely equity strategy to make the top viewed list globally was the Brookfield Investment Management Diversified Real Assets Strategy, a balanced/multi-asset product. [...]