On-average years of experience of our investment researchers1


Dedicated researchers worldwide¹


Research Investment Beliefs — Identifying Alpha

Our unbiased, independent research allows you to navigate an uncertain market. We go beyond just performance numbers to provide forward-looking insights that span the diversity of the global economy and allow you to introduce new investment ideas to your clients.


Active management can generate repeatable excess return. However, it is rare. At Mercer, we believe using a manager research process enhances the probability of identifying alpha. The process is:


  • Research-driven — A fundamental, forward-looking and research-intensive process that builds on a deep understanding of each investment strategy covered.
  • Evidence-based — Focused on characteristics of investment strategies that have been shown to enhance the probability of sustainable alpha generation, which can vary over time, and by the asset class.
  • Repeatable — A robust and consistent framework that assesses each strategy’s capabilities in four areas: idea generation, portfolio construction, implementation, and business management.¹
  • Flexible — There is no single answer or one-size-fits-all approach — flexibility and experience are required to focus on the relevant characteristics for a given strategy



Discovering the Best Managers — The Best Ideas

Through our in-depth, sophisticated global manager research, we can help you differentiate your business and have access to what we believe are the best ideas and a diverse range of portfolios. This also gives you more time to focus on client service and development. As one of the largest investment consultant worldwide3, we continue to invest in our intellectual capital. That means we devote a great deal of time to exploring new and smaller managers who are launching new strategies — the fund manager stars of tomorrow. And with our global reach, we’re able to meet them in-person anywhere in the world from New York to Sydney to Hong Kong and Singapore.


We believe that our research stands apart from the rest. While investment data available to financial intermediaries has been commoditized and does not distinguish one firm from another, Mercer’s deep research and due diligence process synthesizes not only the data but the insights from interviews to go beyond what’s publicly available. With more than 135 dedicated research professionals worldwide, we’re able to dive deep into the disciplines and competitive edge of investment managers. The end result? Forward-looking research that provides both qualitative insights and quantitative analysis, continually evolving to identify and assess any changes that could impact a portfolio. 


Our Research Process

From gathering data, prioritizing candidates to worldwide due diligence, ratings, and selection of candidates, we follow a highly rigorous and consistent research framework that enables objective and consistent comparison. The process includes idea generation, portfolio construction, and implementation. Here are factors we assess:

How strong is the manager’s ability to generate value-adding investment ideas?
How effectively are these investment ideas translated into weighting in the portfolio?
How much of the value-add is given back in the form of transaction costs and opportunity costs?


Power Your Investment with MercerInsight®


As part of the research process, MercerInsight plays a key role. This easy-to-use, cloud-based tool for monitoring and selecting investment managers provides access to insights and analytics on 6,700+ managers and 35,000+ strategies. Designed as the engine for our own internal staff, it’s made available to manager selection teams at pension plans, endowments, insurance companies and financial intermediaries around the world who value its rich content for idea generation and manager monitoring.


For institutional investors — Mercer’s powerful cloud-based platform provides global, comprehensive coverage of the investment strategies available to institutional investors. View quantitative analysis on performance and holdings data, as well as manager ratings from Mercer’s global manager research boutiques.


For investment managers — From performance analytics to investors search activity, MercerInsight provides investment managers with the intelligence they need to assess their product positioning in the institutional marketplace.



Want Your Firm Visible to Our Global Manager Research Team?


Our Global Investment Manager Database (GIMD™) is a proprietary, real-time database with information on more than 6,700 investment managers. GIMD makes your firm visible to Mercer’s global manager research team that conducts several thousand meetings with investment managers each year to identify investment strategies suitable for our clients.



Provides information on 6,700+ investment managers



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          1  Data is as of June 2020.


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