Commentary

28 Nov

How to Structure a Successful Manager Research Team

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. Making good research decisions is more important than having the best organizational structure, but getting the basics right first can be critical to success. What [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
05 Oct

How to Find Private Equity Fundraising Success: Understanding the Market

This is the first of a four-part blog series 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 GPs accelerate fundraising and improve investor communications. The Importance of Leveraging Granular and Timely Market Intelligence As one of the [...]
27 Sep

US Pension Plans’ Private Markets Activity – Summer 2018 Recap

Derived from intelligence available in eVestment Private Markets, each month we highlight the top news and activity from North American and U.K. public pension plans across their private markets programs. While the three months of summer can often be thought of as a quieter time in private equity, fundraising, portfolio reviews and strategic meetings persist [...]
25 Sep

How Viewership Can Be Used as a Leading Indicator of Flows

Asset managers track institutional investor and consultant activity on the eVestment platform to uncover trends about their universes and strategies. This viewership activity can be used as a leading indicator of future flows (both inflows and outflows). The relationship between consultant and investor viewership activity and asset flows can often be seen prominently after a [...]
13 Sep
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Distribution Increasingly Key to Success in Asset Management

In the asset management business, distribution, the process by which asset management firms compete for and retain assets, is increasingly being recognized as a key component to firm success. As the Boston Consulting Group points out in its recent “Global Asset Management 2017: The Innovator’s Advantage” report: “Tomorrow’s industry leaders will appear quite different from [...]
21 Aug

Study Highlights Benefits, Challenges of Brand Awareness in Asset Management

Brand awareness is not just important for sodas, stores and celebrities. Even in the world of institutional investment management, a strong brand can have big benefits. eVestment data shows that asset managers with both high firm and product awareness realize growth as much as 20.3 times that of firms with low awareness, but achieving those [...]