Thoughts on all things due diligence, innovation and investment management

9 Data and Tech Priorities In 2022 – The Year to Enable Data for Due Diligence

January 3, 2022 – 2021 has been a seminal year for DiligenceVault – a rapidly growing digital diligence network with over 30,000 users, a year when we went from digitizing 150 diligences a day to over 300. The challenges that we faced, responded to, and solved for in 2021 were new, yet inspiring as we managed 100s of client interactions in supporting large and complex data flows, grappling with the lack of an industry standard in managing entities, and absorbing constant feedback as clients leveraged the platform beyond our product imagination!

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29 April 2016
Hey Due Diligence, Knock Knock…

Investor Town What does a day at an end investor or an investment consultant who hires external managers look like? **Susan Lee (CIO):** Any ideas on what managers we should be looking at to add...

28 April 2016
Due-diligence Bookends: Art vs. Commoditization

In a recent Operational Due Diligence (ODD) conference, there was a lot of talk about the risk of commoditization. Well… What could have gotten this topic surfacing an in industry conference? Let’s go back to...

27 March 2016
From Emerging Managers to Superstars… Changing the Paradigm

The concept of two people with a Bloomberg in a garage starting a fund has long faded from reality to become a mere figment of our imagination...

27 March 2016
What’s in the Name

This blog introduces things you wished you knew about DiligenceVault Series! Growing up I repeatedly read the moral story (Aesop's fable) about a clever crow. One fine day, an extremely thirsty crow was flying around...

25 February 2016
Rating Everything…From Investment Managers to Men’s Hairstyles

Why do we rate funds? Rating investment managers is a mechanism that attempts to normalize an otherwise complex research process using a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques. In our day-to-day life we are constantly...

24 February 2016
The Perfect Hedge

In a world of negative yields, oil price roller coasters, European bank weakness, and intra-day volatility resulting from global interconnectedness, it is natural to want to add a loss floor, minimize return volatility, or both....

31 January 2016
Cybersecurity WaR (What’s at Risk)

Why is cybersecurity important? Here are a few not so fun, but revealing facts about cybersecurity (credited to Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report: Did you know that it takes approximately 205 days between intrusion...

30 January 2016
Retail or Institutional, Fund Research is Hard Work

This post extends Hansi Mehrotra's original post in CFA Enterprising Investor Blog focused on Mutual Fund Research The time taken by institutional investors to research an investment manager may very well exceed the actual investment...

15 December 2015
Explain Yourself

How We Are Managing “Explanation Risk” (and coined yet another buzzword while using the most over-used chart in the investment industry. High fives ALL around!) In every investment professional’s life, the 4-quadrant (“quad”) analysis is...