Commentary

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 [...]
09 Feb

The Role of Alternatives in Institutional Investor Portfolios

Institutional investors and consultants are struggling to meet historical returns figures through traditional investments such as equity and fixed income and so have increased their allocations to alternatives. According to a 2016 study from Willis Towers Watson, the percentage of the allocations in a portfolio to alternatives has nearly tripled over the last 20 years, and [...]
07 Dec

How to #THRIVE in 2017

What is the winning formula for asset managers and institutional investors in the coming year? The 2016 eVestment Institutional Investment Intelligence (EI3) client conference set out to answer exactly this question. With over 200 attendees, the conference provided institutional investment professionals with the latest trends and actionable items from a great line of speakers. Here [...]
01 Dec

Global Emerging Markets – Light at the End of the Tunnel?

In a previous blog post, we cast a spotlight on the challenges facing active equity managers in the U.S. Large Cap universe. Now we’ll look specifically at Global Emerging Markets (GEM) equity as new, positive trends are coming forth. According to eVestment data, GEM active managers have experienced $38B in outflows over the period from [...]
29 Nov

Asking Deeper Questions About Complex Investments

Institutional investors have access to such a wide variety of investments that it can be a struggle to find the time to properly vet and evaluate all the options, especially on the private markets side. No matter which asset class or strategy you are considering, it’s important to know the right questions to ask that [...]
15 Nov
Differentiation

Making the Case for Your Active Equity Strategy

Active equity managers are facing a rough operating environment on many fronts. Institutional investors are seriously looking to allocate from active to passive solutions in many of the efficient markets, such as the U.S. In a recent article, Investment Pensions Europe (IPE) stated that, “Given the increasing competition from passive, smart beta and quantitative approaches, fundamental [...]