In a month where equity products dominated the top viewed strategies globally and in many regions of the world, investors and consultants in Europe ex-UK and Japan had a bigger taste for fixed-income strategies than their peers in July, according to the latest eVestment Advantage Viewership Report covering the past month. Eight of the top-viewed strategies from investors and consultants in Europe ex-UK were fixed-income strategies. Seven of the top strategies viewed by investors and consultants in Japan were fixed-income strategies.
And while hedge funds didn’t crack the top 20 most viewed strategies globally or on most of the geographies covered in the report, Asian investors and consultants using eVestment did have a taste for them as revealed by their top viewed lists. Among Asia ex-Japan investors and consultants using eVestment, FORT LP: FORT Global Futures and Balyasny Asset Management L.P.: Atlas Enhanced Master Fund, Ltd. made the top viewed strategies list. Among Japanese investors and consultants, PIMCO Absolute Return Strategy III Fund made the list of top viewed strategies.
Changes in viewership of asset management firms, their products and geographic focuses can be driven by changing investor demand; positive or negative company news; company marketing initiatives; global or local economic or political events; or other factors. Reviewing this data on its own tells a high-level story of what investors and consultants were interested in during the past month. And comparing this data to world and corporate events can offer a unique insight into institutional investors’ concern about these events.
A few other interesting points from the new report include:
- Of the six new universes on the global investor and consultant top 20 list by average views per product, three were large caps (ACWI ex-US Large Cap Value, Canadian Large Cap Value, and ACWI ex-US Large Cap Growth), two were small caps (EAFE Small Cap Growth and Canadian Small Cap) and one was all cap (Global All Cap Value).
- For investors and consultants located in Asia ex-Japan, only one universe from June’s top 20 list by average views per product showed up in July’s top 20 rankings (Frontier Markets Equity). The only universe focused entirely on the domestic region to make July’s list was RQFII/QFII-China A-Shares Equity.
- Seven of the 14 new universes on Europe ex-UK clients’ top 20 universe list are non-equity or non-actively managed equity, including 4 fixed income, 2 passive, and one hedge fund universe.
- Ten of the new top viewed products among Australia-based investors and consultants were Australian equity strategies, including the top three. These top three in order were: (1) Solaris Investment Management Limited: Solaris High Alpha Australian Equity Fund, (2) Discovery Asset Management: Discovery Australian Small Companies Fund and (3) Quest Asset Partners Pty Limited: Quest Concentrated Australian Equity Portfolio.
The Advantage investment viewership data is generated through the eVestment Advantage solution and based on tracking daily eVestment user reviews of investment universes and products on eVestment. The report looks at Global, United States, United Kingdom, Europe ex-U.K., Japan, Asia ex-Japan, Australia and Canada profile viewership activity among the institutional investors and consultants who use eVestment. The report looks at the most viewed products and universes overall for the past month and the universes and products that saw the most month-over-month growth in views on the site.
To see the full July data, please click here.