Wed, 09/03/2016 - 09:46
eVestment has expanded its private equity performance analytics capabilities to meet the needs of institutional investors with the addition of new functionality to TopQ – eVestment's solution for the private equity market.
eVestment is continuing to work towards its commitment of providing institutional quality data and analytics across all major asset classes.
With these improvements, eVestment and TopQ users will see further enhancements to eVestment TopQ's private equity performance analysis functionality. Additions include the Direct Alpha public market equivalent (PME) analysis methodology in TopQ's PME module. PME analysis enables managers and investors to understand the relative performance of private equity compared to public market returns.
In addition, Matrix Tabs, a new analytics tab, will now be included within the TopQ application that offers greater flexibility of calculating and grouping analysis. This functionality has been developed in response to clients' desire to have flexible and customisable analysis but guard against potential errors and inaccuracy in their analysis that spreadsheets might create.
TopQ is also being deployed onto the eVestment platform, providing access on a single sign-on basis to eVestment's wealth of traditional and alternative data and analytics solutions and TopQ's tools and solutions.
These enhancements to eVestment's private equity analytics come as institutional investor interest in private equity is on the rise. A recent eVestment report on consultant and investor expectations for 2016 found increased interest in private equity investments as investors look for returns and appropriate risk levels in today's markets.
"Private equity is a growing asset class and becoming a larger part of investors' portfolios, yet the USD3.5 trillion industry is being predominately run off of error-prone, inefficient spreadsheets that cause issues for fund managers and investors alike," says Graeme Faulds, eVestment director of private equity solutions. "Without the right tools, managers struggle to process investors' requests for data in an efficient manner. And investors aren't able to easily review data to get the information they need for effective fund selections. By continuing to update eVestment TopQ with new analytics functionality like those released today, we're providing a solution for the private equity industry to help investors and managers better manage, analyse and distribute performance data."
The deployment of TopQ's private equity analytics onto the eVestment platform is also significant for investors. "As institutional investors' portfolios evolve to include allocations to a wider range of asset classes, it's important that they can evaluate all managers on the same platform," says eVestment co-founder and CEO Jim Minnick (pictured). "With the integration of TopQ into the eVestment platform, we're paving the way for institutional investors to evaluate and report on managers across all major asset classes from one platform."
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