Using Venn to Accelerate Manager Evaluation

By Alex Botte, CFA, CAIA on May 23, 2019

This guide shows how Venn can help investors accelerate the overall manager evaluation process by providing analytics that assess whether a manager seems to be in line with its stated objective and style and how a manager can potentially fit in their portfolio.

Manager selection is a highly important aspect of any institutional investment program. The process can be complex and lengthy, as investors navigate various exercises, from sourcing to due diligence to hiring decisions.

Vital qualitative aspects of the selection process, such as gaining a deep understanding of a management team and their strategy, rightfully require considerable time and effort. However, Venn can help investors accelerate the overall process by providing tools to assess:

  • Whether a manager seems to be in line with its stated objective and style
  • A manager’s potential fit in an investor’s portfolio

The Venn tearsheet is a dynamic, polished view of any investment return stream. Upload an investment’s returns onto Venn and promptly evaluate its historical performance, factor-driven risk and return breakdown, and potential impact on your portfolio.

Let’s walk through some of the tearsheet’s main outputs.

First on display are common performance metrics, such as return, volatility, and Sharpe ratio, to help you quickly understand if the investment meets your return and risk expectations.

Exhibit 1: Performance Summary Section of Venn Tearsheet

Source: Venn Tearsheet. April 2019.

Next, better understand the drivers of risk and return in the investment using factor-based analysis. Venn’s Two Sigma Factor Lens1 can determine the investment’s risk factor exposures, which are then used to compute risk and return attribution.2 This information can help investors quickly identify gaps between their understanding of the investment’s strategy and the empirical analysis of past returns. Additionally, the trend view of factor exposures can uncover style drift exhibited by the manager over time.

Exhibit 2: Factor Analysis Section of Venn Tearsheet

Source: Venn Tearsheet. April 2019.

As a next step, you can evaluate the investment’s potential impact on your portfolio. The Correlation section allows you to view the absolute, relative-to-benchmark, or residualized return correlations to the investments in your existing portfolio, providing a sense of how much diversification benefit this new investment can potentially offer.

Exhibit 3: Correlation Analysis Section of Venn Tearsheet

Source: Venn Tearsheet. April 2019.

Using Venn, you can efficiently filter out investments that carry unwanted risk concentrations or lack diversification benefits, allowing you to focus your time on the investments that have the best chance of enhancing your portfolio.

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1 Two Sigma’s paper, “Introducing the Two Sigma Factor Lens,” highlights certain aspects of factor definition and construction of the Two Sigma Factor Lens.

2 Risk factor exposures can be determined over any time frame during the overlapping period between the investment return history and the Two Sigma Factor Lens return history. As of the date of this blog post, the history of returns of the factors in the Two Sigma Factor Lens extends to December 2002.

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