London-based money management consultant Investit Ltd. is planning to bring its democratically elected research services to the U.S.
"As far as we know, there's nothing like this" in the U.S., said Catherine Doherty, consultant, who developed the Investit Intelligence research forum in 2004. "What we're looking to do is expanding to the states, since many of the topics (that concern asset managers) are similar to those in Europe and particularly the U.K."
Twice a year, the 22 members of the subscription-based Investit Intelligence forum vote for the subjects on which they would like the group to conduct research.
In the latest round, they voted for topics including a study examining the reasons for success and failure of various outsourcing transactions in order to find the best practice, and a report that delves into how performance attribution can be used to enhance the investment process, including trends such as absolute return and liability-driven investing strategies.
"We started the service in response to clients who were asking us to do very complicated types of research," she said, "and we wanted to provide them with better quality findings at affordable prices."