NEPC recently entered into a research agreement with GFIA Pte Ltd. (“GFIA”), a Singapore-based investment consulting firm with a strong grounding in identifying emerging strategies and managers in Asian markets. In this role GFIA will complement NEPC’s on-going investment research efforts in Asia, by providing on-the-ground surveillance of the region’s markets, research on the best investment ideas, and breadth of coverage across regional investment managers. This initiative underscores the increasing opportunities for US institutional investors to generate returns in the growing and rapidly evolving Asian markets. The new relationship also represents an important step in the increasing globalization of NEPC’s investment research efforts.
GFIA advises professional investors on allocations to skill-based managers in Asia and the emerging markets, providing strategic advisory, portfolio advisory, and due diligence services. GFIA was founded by Peter Douglas, CAIA, a pioneer of the Asian hedge fund industry. It maintains a comprehensive library of manager information, a proprietary manager rating algorithm, and conducts over 300 in-depth manager assessments every year across a broad range of investment strategies.
NEPC’s connection to GFIA will bolster the efforts of our 47-person research team and complement our global research outreach. This approach will help us seize advantageous and unique opportunities across the spectrum in Asian markets, from traditional long-only investments to hedge fund and direct investing strategies. We believe GFIA and NEPC share important common cultural attributes of thought leadership, independence, and passion for investment research, making this a rewarding relationship for our client investment programs.