Client: Leading Asset Manager based in Hong Kong
An asset manager in Hong Kong had aspirations of growing its institutional business and ensuring a robust and consistent approach for achieving outperformance. To achieve these objectives, the asset manager desired an independent assessment of its investment process in order to ascertain that the existing investment process was being optimally implemented (from an efficiency and market facing perspective), within the current infrastructure and resources.
stradegi was engaged to review the investment process in the organization. As part of the review, stradegi accomplished the following:
The review helped the client to have stronger internal controls in its investment process and consistent implementation of investment strategy to achieve investment objectives, which ultimately improved the client’s marketability of funds.
Impressed by the quality of the initial piece of work, the client engaged stradegi to work with their Chief Investment Officer and his team to help define their portfolio construction process. This provided the client with a robust, demonstrable, well-articulated portfolio construction framework and approach which was also optimized from an efficiency and risk management perspective.
Client: Leading Sovereign Wealth Fund based in Singapore
A Sovereign Wealth Fund institution based in Singapore was seeking to revamp its investment reporting process and ensuring a robust and consistent approach for institutional reporting. To achieve these objectives, the organization had chosen to rollout a reporting solution that would integrate investment data, reference data and market data, and provide an integrated view of the asset portfolio.
stradegi was engaged to onboard the complete historical investment transactions of the organization into the reporting solution. As part of the process, stradegi accomplished the following:
The onboarding process developed by stradegi helped the client onboard over 30 years of historical investment data, with complete accuracy and enriched with previously unstructured information, on an extremely aggressive schedule (approx. 10 months), which provided the Investment teams with real-time access to data that was not available to the teams before.
Impressed by speed and accuracy of the data onboarding process, the client is now working with stradegi to develop a model to monitor data within the system and expand the data coverage.
Client: The Asset Management division of a leading Insurance company in Asia
A leading insurance company in Asia wanted to ensure that its investment technology & application architecture was scalable to meet future business growth. The organization wanted to review its technology & application architecture in order to compare and contrast the people, processes and technology against other best in class insurance and retail investment managers.
stradegi was engaged to highlight the areas of weaknesses in the existing architecture and recommend an optimal front, middle and back office architecture that mitigated operational risk and provided operational efficiency, while supporting the business growth aspirations.
This review compared and contrasted the client against two leading competitors in Asia, specifically in the following areas:
The client has acknowledged the comprehensiveness of the review and has begun a program to implement the recommendations of the review.
Stradegi’s recommendations provided the client with an optimal support model for a disciplined and consistent investment process across the organization. The suggested application architecture enabled the organization to take advantage of investment capabilities in other countries and launch sub-delegated funds where the investment management is dispersed across multiple countries.
In addition to increased transparency in the investment process, the review provided a robust, secure and scalable technology framework & architecture that would meet regulatory and third party requirements.
Client: The Asset Management division of a leading Insurance company in Asia based in Hong Kong
To assure effective management of the risks inherent in its investments and a higher degree of control in meeting liability streams, the asset management division of an insurance company in Asia, based in Hong Kong, was looking to establish an independent investment risk function.
stradegi was engaged to work with the client's investment middle office team in establishing the investment risk function. As part of the engagement, stradegi designed an investment risk framework the effectively defined the risks present in the investment funds, listed the metrics to control and monitor these risks, and documented a formal review process to highlight and discuss the risks.
The engagement gave the client ability to demonstrate effective monitoring and reporting of investment risk to its stakeholders, ultimately helping in its fiduciary duty to its customers. The investment risk monitoring framework also led to independent validation of the effectiveness and consistency of the investment strategy and helped to provide feedback to the fund managers on their portfolios.
The client was significantly impressed with the quality of the deliverables and has now engaged stradegi to implement the framework at all its entities across Asia, in 11 different countries.
Client: Hong Kong based Asset Manager
A Hong Kong based asset manager, an existing client, sought to develop a robust, demonstrable, well-articulated portfolio construction process which was aligned with its investment philosophy and optimized from an efficiency and risk management perspective. The client wished to augment its stock selection expertise with an optimized portfolio construction process to ensure consistency with the investment philosophy and more evident quantification and monitoring of exposures at the aggregate portfolio level.
Through the engagement, stradegi focused on incorporating the stock selection expertise of the client in the portfolio construction process and ensuring management of exposures at country, sector and style levels.
As part of this engagement, stradegi accomplished the following:
As a result of the engagement, the client had more authority to effect performance by having sufficient oversight and feedback in the investment process. The client also achieved greater ability to market funds with the institutional standard portfolio construction process, articulation and approach.
Client: Insurance company in Asia
To develop a centralized platform and improve process efficiency using technology, a large insurance firm in Asia sought to develop an enterprise-wide investment income budgeting solution.
stradegi was engaged to develop a bespoke solution to provide the following functionality for investment assets assigned to meet an insurance liability:
The solution has been developed and is now live in 9 countries across Asia. The insurance firm is able to centrally manage its investment income budgeting process through a single robust platform for all its country offices.
stradegi have also entered into an agreement to provide support for this application using a Managed Services model.
Client: Leading Asset Manager in Singapore
An asset manager was looking for a solution to streamline its institutional client onboarding process. The existing process was complex and had a number of manual steps adding operational and regulatory risk to the process.
stradegi was engaged to develop a highly flexible and customizable on-boarding and CRM integrated solution to meet the needs of the institutional sales team. Some of the salient features of this solution were:
stradegi has retained the Intellectual Property Rights for this solution and is now in the process of marketing this product as a specialized Institutional client relationship management and onboarding solution for asset managers.
Client: Leading Asset Manager based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
An asset manager in Malaysia was looking to select the appropriate performance and attribution solution to best support the generation and reporting of performance and attribution analytics for all its funds.
stradegi was engaged to perform a vendor evaluation for a performance and attribution solution. stradegi worked with the client's Head of Performance and his team to come out with a list of requirements for the new application. Based on these core requirements, stradegi facilitated the entire Request-For-Proposal (RFP) process on behalf of the client. After responses were received from leading vendors in response to the RFP, stradegi coordinated the vendor demonstrations and workshops. Subsequently, stradegi assisted the client in selecting the final vendor for the implementation.
Acknowledging stradegi's expertise in the area, the client has now entrusted stradegi the task of negotiating the vendor agreement on their behalf.
Client: Pension Asset Manager in Middle East
A pension fund manager in the Middle East set out to revamp its application architecture by implementing a solution that takes care of data management, investment accounting and performance needs. The existing accounting solution could not accommodate the changing regulatory and technology requirements and proved to be a hurdle in the client’s future growth plans.
stradegi was engaged to implement a solution for the client that can generate accurate IFRS and performance attribution reports with robust data management capabilities. stradegi was responsible for the overall project management of the implementation. stradegi also brought to the table its proprietary automated testing strategies, which helped to significantly reduce the implementation time and ensured a high quality of delivery.
The implementation was completed on schedule and the client commended stradegi for the smooth rollout of the system. The new solution proved to be essential for the client’s expansion plans into the retail business.