The Trends Edition  

As the pandemic situation rolls on, 2020 will be remembered as a year that tested the resilience of global businesses, particularly in the global banking and financial services sector. Over the last few weeks, positive news about the COVID-19 vaccine trials and regulatory approvals have brought significant confidence and positivity for 2021.

Throughout 2020, Acuity’s 3,000+ domain experts helped our clients by augmenting their teams and delivering expert research and analysis. This quarterly newsletter is designed as a special edition newsletter that captures and aggregates leading trends and forecasts for 2021, across a broad horizon of asset management, investment banking, private equity, lending and consulting.

We hope that our research and thought leadership will help you in your planning process for 2021 and will offer you a springboard to emerge stronger.

A big thank you to all of our customers for your continued association and your valuable interactions with us in 2020, and we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season and the very best for 2021.

Gyanendra N Pati, Director, Global Head of Marketing

  Banking & Financial Services Industry Trends for 2021  
Asset Management & Private Wealth
Investment Banking Industry
Private Equity & Venture Capital Industry
Corporate and Commercial Lending
Consulting Industry
  Media Coverage  
  Webinar On-Demand  
  Watch speakers Bill Street (Group CIO, Quintet Private Bank), David Master (CMO, Janus Henderson Investors) and, Mike Tumilty (Global COO, Standard Life Aberdeen) discuss how asset managers are driving asset flows and profitability amid substantial headwinds and unprecedented macroeconomic conditions.  

  Exclusive and Original Insights from Acuity  
  Below are six of our trending articles.  
Annual Survey of Private Wealth Managers 2020   The Next Step - Alternative Data & Business Intelligence
Blog   Blog
Our recent survey of global private wealth managers (PWMs) was to understand how best-in-class firms organise their research products to drive their advisory businesses and also meet regulatory needs. We tried to understand the impact of the pandemic on the PWM business and how research products have been adapted to suit the current scenario.

  Know how alternative data helps provide unique insights, enabling evidence-based investment decisions. We believe understanding the alternative data landscape, business intelligence platforms and strategic implementation is key to unleashing the true potential of this data journey.

Sukuk: A key asset class within the Islamic finance industry   Sustainability consulting: Imperative tool for business transformation
Blog   Blog
Currently, Sukuk are considered be the fastest-growing Islamic financial products. This paper sheds light on the significance of and key trends in the asset class.

  Read how global consultants can enable businesses to include sustainability in their business models and governance processes.

Transformation through fintech: Use the digital disruption to your advantage   Valuing unlisted equity amid pandemic-induced challenges for private equity/venture capital firms
Blog   Blog
Learn the ways in which technology is being used to enhance the processes and scope of existing research. The adoption of technology in investment research has become increasingly popular as firms compete for clients and hunt for alpha.

  The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the growth story of private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms by significantly eroding the valuations of portfolio companies. Know how our deep domain knowledge and extensive financial modelling and valuation capabilities can help you manage valuation-related challenges.

  New Videos  
Digitisation of the Lending Process   TombstoneHub – Automated Credentials Builder
Blog   Blog
Learn how Acuity is helping its Banking clients to focus on digitisation to gain a competitive advantage, drive efficiencies, improve customer experience and build a robust risk-management practice.

  Tombstones and credentials are an integral part of any investment banking pitch or marketing collateral. The typical challenges are dis-organised deal information, inconsistent formats and templates, and a highly manual formatting effort. Acuity has solved this challenge with TombstoneHub.

  New Services from Acuity Knowledge Partners  
  Below are some of our top-selling managed solutions and applications that made a significant difference to our clients in 2020. Our applications and managed solutions suite continues to broaden with these tools designed to assist your analysts and operational teams to drastically improve turnaround times, accuracy and quality.  
Lending Covenant Monitoring Solution   Automated Private Equity Portfolio Monitoring Solution   Automated Credential Builder
A managed solutions service that provides an in-depth understanding of covenant performance trends and early warning signals of deteriorating covenant quality via interactive dashboards and advanced covenant informatics.

  A fully customisable advanced managed solution for PE/VC portfolio monitoring. Achieve 30-40% cost savings and 50% shorter turnaround time for portfolio monitoring and LP reporting.

  A SaaS-based product that helps customers automate and create fully formatted credential slides in a PPT template instantly.

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