Benchmark Selection and Management Processes Review

The benchmarks assigned to the client’s existing portfolios – especially for fixed income mandates – did not reflect true portfolio risk. They were either too narrow (for example, risk free yield plus a risk margin) or too generic, not providing enough insight into the investment performance and appraisal process. The client also suffered from a wide range of index options and intricacies in their methodology, making it difficult to determine best fit.

The client looked to us for help in the evaluation of its benchmark selection and assignment process to ensure benchmarks were best-fit to the respective the mandates.

What we did

  • We were engaged by the client to join a tri-party arrangement (with the client and its vendor) to manage the onboarding of existing funds onto the new accounting platform, as well as introducing customised reporting per regional operations team and the fund managers.
  • Working with the operations and technology teams from both parties, we brought together all stakeholders involved to implement an end-to-end investment accounting and reporting capability for the client’s immediate and future needs.

Our impact

  • Our project management and expert oversight helped the client onboard all the existing funds on the new platform within the prescribed time frame
  • Smooth rollout of the system, with the minimal impact on BAU activities, and a seamless transition for all parties involved

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