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Manager research

The bfinance model puts investors in the driving seat of a powerful and proven manager research process. There are no buy lists: the only criteria are the ones set with our clients. Full coverage of the investment manager universe creates true competition, provides broader choice, and enables managers to innovate to meet clients’ needs. Asset class specialists work as an extension of the investor’s team.

Private Markets Manager Research

Private Markets

The private markets team includes dedicated specialists for private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure, providing exceptional breadth and depth of coverage.

Fixed Income Manager Research

Fixed Income

The fixed income team includes dedicated specialists for full bond market coverage, from core global aggregate through to leveraged loans and alternative credit.

Equities Manager Research


The equities team includes dedicated specialists for deep expertise across the full spectrum of listed public equity strategies for manager research and selection.

Diversifying Strategies Manager Research

Diversifying Strategies

The diversifying strategies team provides wide-ranging expertise within liquid markets that are intended to improve on traditional portfolio outcomes and manage risk.

Manager research - our approach

Control. Our goal is to work an extension of your team, giving you the tools you need to reach robust, informed decisions. Stay in the driving seat with continuing flexibility and additional resources when you need them. Negotiate with a stronger hand.

Customisation. Establish unique priorities, adapt the process to suit the needs of your in-house team, ensure the widest choice of providers, define specific ESG and impact investment parameters.

Clarity. Full transparency on method and analysis so that decisions can be justified with a robust audit trail. Visibility and validation underpin strong governance.

bfinance gave us feedback at every stage of the process and listened to our input. I liked that it was not ‘a closed box’ - we were able to add our thoughts to the process.

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What makes it different?

An innovative approach to manager research

Every institutional investor is unique, with specific priorities, needs and resources. The bfinance philosophy on manager selection grew out of our belief that these differences should sit at the heart of our approach.

No buy-lists

The platform provides extensive coverage of the provider universe, from household names to hard-to-reach boutiques, with a robust audit trail on key decisions. Unlike the ‘off the shelf’ recommendations so often used by our peers, solutions are targeted to clients’ specific needs and constraints

Expert resources

Each client has full access to their dedicated project team including their senior asset class specialist. We retain a staff of senior researchers across all major public and private markets, many of whom have managed money, as well as a team of analysts.

Harnessing competition

We create a level playing field for asset managers, ensuring that all providers who are suitable for a single investor’s mandate can compete on fair terms. True competition also supports investors’ interests and gives clients a stronger hand in negotiation.

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ESG tailoring

When it comes to responsible investment, investors bring very different beliefs and requirements. A highly customised approach ensures that ESG verdicts are not ‘one size fits all’, while deep expertise helps our clients look past superficial box-ticking.

Ensuring integrity

The firm is committed to a business model that avoids conflicts of interest and consistently supports the provision of independent, objective advice. For example, the firm does not manage money or provide OCIO services. An innovative pricing model aligns our interest with those of our clients.

Full-service care

We provide extensive wraparound services, many of them on an inclusive basis. These include board education, analysing portfolio risk exposures, strategy selection, reviews of the opportunity set, negotiating terms and monitoring manager performance.

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