eVestment Debuts New Digital Assets Universe

Feb 1 2018 | 10:46pm ET

Alternative investment data and analytics provider eVestment has launched a digital assets universe as part of its monthly hedge fund database that includes return expectations, market exposure, investment process and process type, the company has announced. 

The additions will allow users to compare to other investment opportunities in the eVestment platform, the company said in a statement. Digital assets tracked could include crypto currencies like bitcoin, ethereum or litecoin, as well as ICOs and other yet-to-be-developed digital assets.

The step is in response to rising demand from investors, investment consultants and hedge fund managers for sharing information about digital assets investment opportunities and comparing them to other investment opportunities. Submitting digital assets hedge fund data to eVestment will be free for fund managers, the statement added, while access to the new digital assets universe will be included in client subscriptions. Multi-strategy hedge fund managers with digital assets investments among their strategies will continue to submit to the eVestment multi-strategy fund universe where they can note their digital assets in their fund narrative.

“We’re seeing the most interest in digital assets hedge funds among family offices, fund of funds and high-net-worth individuals right now, but it’s only a matter of time before larger institutional investors become interested in this as well,” said eVestment Vice President Chris Sparenberg. “We look forward to providing the most comprehensive look at this interesting and fast-growing investment opportunity to our clients.”

Acquired by NASDAQ in September 2017, Atlanta-based eVestment was founded in 2000 by Jim Minnick, Matt Crisp and Heath Wilson. The company boasts one of the largest, most comprehensive global databases of traditional and alternative strategies and provides institutional investment data intelligence and analytic solutions to clients worldwide.

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