In October, fixed income lead the global rising universes list, according to the just-released October 2019 eVestment Advantage Viewership Report. Global investors and consultants showed increasing interest in Global Unconstrained and Canadian Corporate strategies, led by AXA’s WF Global Strategic Bonds and Canso Investment Council’s Investment Grade Corporate Bond strategies. The Global Unconstrained universe also showed up in the rising universes lists for users based in the UK, Canada, and Africa & Middle East.
The monthly eVestment Advantage Viewership Report highlights the top asset managers and investment themes of interest to institutional investors and consultants around the world. The report looks at data globally and from various countries and regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe ex-UK, Africa, Japan and Asia ex-Japan. Putting this data into context with global and local political, markets and corporate news can offer a unique perspective into how investors are responding to that news and how they may shift assets or investment strategies over time.
Other interesting trends highlighted in the new report include:
- Canadian firms gather interest from investors and consultants in Africa & Middle East. Montreal’s Fiera Capital Corporation and Toronto’s Kingwest & Company were both on the rising firms and rising products lists from investors and consultants located in Africa & Middle East. Strategies from these firms also represented the rising products in three rising universes – Canadian Large Cap Core, Canadian All Cap Core, Canadian All Cap Value – in the region as well.
- Europe ex-UK investors and consultants show rising interest in a medley of universes. From domestic equities to Chinese equities, to US fixed income and global hedge fund strategies, the rising universes list in Europe ex-UK was perhaps the most diverse among the regions in this report.
- MFS Global Equity shows up as the most viewed product from MFS Investment Management by investors and consultants in Canada, Japan, and Australia/New Zealand. However, it was the firm’s EAFE-focused, MFS International Equity strategy, that was its most viewed from a global perspective.