As a newly launched asset management firm back in 2015, ITERAM started with proprietary analytical and operational tools and complemented them by partnering with an external provider. The challenges were:
- Diverse Asset Classes and Markets: the analytical tool must be capable of handling diverse financial instruments and provide insights across different regions and economies, suitable for a global investor.
- Multi-Currency Support: with a global investment universe, ITERAM needed the solution to accommodate different currencies and provide risk and portfolio analysis irrespective of the currency denomination.
- The need for a comprehensive and robust system that can meet the requirements of both the risk and investment management teams (peer grouping, scenario analysis, factor analysis, etc.)
Building models and reports in Excel is time-consuming and inconvenient. By contrast, Venn by Two Sigma offers a user-friendly interface compared to other risk portfolio management tools and can help tackle all of the challenges above. ITERAM appreciated the flexibility and ability to customize a variety of tasks to accelerate internal decision-making processes.
ITERAM has partnered with Venn to help with several key workflows:
- Risk Management
- Portfolio Construction
- Ongoing Sourcing and Research
Venn aims to help produce a variety of risk metrics for both single line investments and on the whole portfolio level. The key metrics include risk attribution, correlation and factor attribution analysis. We also use Venn's stress testing capability to help navigate different challenging market scenarios.
Venn has been instrumental in building and optimizing our portfolios. We typically integrate our CAPM assumptions to get forecasted returns and use optimization results as a due diligence tool for our strategic allocation changes.
Ongoing Sourcing and Research
Venn comes with an extensive database of funds and managers. The advanced filter can help us quickly build up peer groups according to different criteria, and generate analyses and tailor-made reports very effectively.
Results and What’s Next
As an asset manager specializing in investment solutions, it’s important to seek a solution that also integrates data for private markets activity. While established data vendors exist for private funds, ITERAM will find value to have all the data within one single database.
Venn is pleased to share this as a currently planned initiative and looks forward to further partnering with ITERAM.
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