Commentary

18 Jul

Fund Terms, Due Diligence and Transparency in a Hot Private Equity Fundraising Market

The combination of a low interest rate environment and record distributions from private fund managers in recent years has not just piqued institutional investors’ interest in the asset class, but is leading to real allocation changes. Consequently, GPs that can show a strong track record are in high-demand and closing fundraises in increasingly shorter timescales [...]
17 Jul

Assessing Alpha in Private Equity Returns with Public Market Equivalent Analysis

With private equity experiencing a streak of record distributions over the past four years (figure 1), investors have been quick to re-invest to capture the value private equity brings. This is evidenced by the strong fundraising environment – PEI reported that 2017 H1 global private equity fundraising totaled $264bn, the highest H1 number since 2008 [...]
21 Jun

Five Ways for Managers to Find Success on Investment Databases

John Molesphini, Global Head of Client Success for eVestment, was recently invited to participate in a FundFire webcast along with Meredith Jones from Aon Hewitt on the topic of how asset managers can find success on investment databases. Database profiles are an important first step for managers wanting to gain exposure to the institutional investor [...]
16 Jun

How Asset Managers Can Use Data to Enhance Finals Presentations

A recent article in industry publication FundFire discussed how preparation, execution and luck all factored into successful finals presentations. The article states that, on average, just 3% of about 2,500 U.S. equity strategies tracked by large investment consultants ever make it into finals presentations, according to Greenwich Associates. “A successful finals presentation is one where [...]
25 May
fee research

Using Public Plans to Gain Insight into Manager Fees

Public plans provide institutional investors a means to extract a variety of industry intelligence. Even if you are not a public plan or do not work with a public plan, you can still gain a lot of knowledge from researching manager presentations, consultant presentations, research topics, asset allocations and fee-specific information. Better compare new managers. [...]
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 Apr
EMEA Asset Manager Conference

Investment Manager Conference Provides Insights into a Changing Institutional Market

The battle for winning new assets is as competitive as ever with more and more asset managers using data and business insights to understand the market and position their funds to investor and consultant clients. Nearly 300 investment managers from Europe and the UK joined eVestment in London for our second annual European asset management [...]
06 Mar

Better Leverage Private Equity Performance Analytics

As the Chief Financial Officer of a private equity firm, one of your many responsibilities is facilitating the analysis and communication of your funds’ performance. The insights this data can reveal are more important than ever to your colleagues, stakeholders and investors, yet many CFOs are restricted in leveraging their data to its fullest potential [...]
14 Feb

Five Ways to Capitalize on Valuable Intelligence

eVestment’s recent acquisition of Public Plan IQ gives clients access to over 10,000 searchable documents from U.S. public pensions, including fee disclosures, board materials/videos, meeting notes and minutes, annual reports, asset manager presentations, asset allocation documents and investment policies. This wealth of information is like having a seat at the boardroom table. How can you [...]