Good due diligence provides proof of process and is an essential part of robust manager selection. Our due diligence is the result of thorough preparation, research and analysis, both onsite and offsite. We examine the asset allocation approach, the investment instruments used and their suitability for executing the investment strategy. We assess the capability of the management team to manage the mandate, the operational support provided by the wider group and the systems used.
Scopic Due Diligence Reports are the result of thorough preparation followed by extensive research and analysis, both onsite and offsite, to provide a detailed examination of each of the following key research topics:
A parent company's financial and human resources, the nature of its core investment markets, its culture and, ultimately, its own ownership, can have a significant impact on a multi-manager team's prospects within the wider organisation.
Who ultimately controls the company?
How the company is organised, the responsibilities of its senior management team, its lines of reporting and the alignment of staff incentives with the company’s own objectives, its products and its customers’ interests.
How the company’s business strategy fits with the longer term outlook for its multi-manager proposition.
How the organisation seeks to ensure continuity of business when things go wrong.
Larger organisations might have competing calls on operational infrastructure and find it difficult to deliver bespoke systems support to their multi-manager teams. On the other hand, stand alone multi-manager businesses might face different challenges - for example; organising scarce resources efficiently.
Access to in-house fund manager expertise, research and marketing.
How information technology is used and its impact on the day to day activities of the multi-manager team.
How efficiently dealing instructions are communicated to the trading team and how cost effectively they are implemented.
Whether operational functions are outsourced, and how trading, accounting and reporting systems are aligned to minimise the scope for errors.
We believe that people are the most important assets in a multi-manager business.
The depth and relevance of experience that members of the team have in managing the types of asset class represented in the fund.
Whether team members act together cohesively and decisively whilst still offering sufficient scope for their ideas to be explored and challenged.
The development of the team and the relevance of compensation benefits in light of each team member's contribution to the investment process.
The breadth of asset classes and the types of instruments employed in a multi-manager fund are key factors that influence decisions on whether to include or exclude a fund from the selection process.
We shed light on a fund's scope of investment opportunity.
Whilst a fund's stated investment objective(s) provides an outline as to the types of investment one can expect to see, it is often just that; an outline. It might not always accurately reflect the manager's preferred investments or the proportions in which the fund invests in them.
The investment approach helps to define the boundaries within which the manager makes decisions on; asset allocation, underlying investments, themes and sectors.
The implications that the investment approach has for investment risk and style bias.
Whether the methods and sources of research used by a multi-manager team provide it with an information advantage.
How effectively investment decisions are made implemented.
How the approach differentiates the fund and manager from its peer group.
Analysing past behaviour provides valuable evidence of the effectiveness of a fund manager's decision making process and market foresight.
How effective past decisions have been throughout the different phases of the business cycle.
How strictly a manager is likely to follow the stated investment strategy and under what circumstances it might be deviated from.
What lessons a manager has learned from past experiences and how this might impact on future decision making and investment risk.
Current fund positioning provides undisputable evidence of a fund manager's present thinking and level of conviction in certain markets, instruments and underlying fund managers.
We consider current positioning and strategy in light of the fund's own;
We understand the important role that fund selectors play in managing their clients' expectations.
How a fund might be expected to perform in the future.
The flexibility of the manager's process to adapt to evolving market and economic scenarios.
The potential trigger points in future market conditions that might cause fund selectors to reassess their multi-manager fund selections.
We assess 9 potential sources of risk using our unique forward looking qualitative-based approach.
We highlight those that are most relevant to the fund and analyse the controls and procedures in place that seek to mitigate them.
For more information, please see our Unique Risk Assesment page
Timely and accurate investment communications are vital components in the overall multi-manager service proposition.
The depth, clarity and transparency of reporting materials.
The correlation of messaging in reporting materials with real investment practice.
How easy it is to access reporting materials and whether they meet the needs of the intended audience.
The frequency and reliability of distribution.
Cost can be a controversial subject when it comes to multi-manager funds. We dig beneath the numbers to consider the fund's expenses in light of;
The types of investment in the fund.
The fund's size.
The average level of expenses of other fund's in the peer group.
We provide performance tables, charts and any graphical representations mentioned in the main body of the report. We also list the multi-manager funds in scope and provide details of the relevant product features.