Hedge Funds

We deliver excellence in the hedge fund services space by providing access to best-in-class research talent that supports investment teams across asset classes and business functions in an agile and cost-effective manner.

Hedge Fund Services

We provide cost-competitive hedge fund services to some of the most sophisticated funds globally, including 6 of the top 10 global hedge funds looking to scale efficiently. Acuity Knowledge Partners sets up dedicated teams of analysts across equities, fixed income, private equity, data science and quantitative services to support these hedge fund clients. These teams work as an extension of the hedge fund advisory firms’ internal teams to support them across the investment research lifecycle – from idea generation to portfolio monitoring to exit. The output produced by our analysts is customised for a particular client and is for their exclusive use. By leveraging our hedge fund solutions, our clients have been able to drive proprietary investment research process at scale, providing them with a unique edge that is also sustainable.

Hedge Fund Services - Support We offer

  • Equity Research Open

    Our highly qualified and experienced equity research analysts work as an extension of the teams of global investment managers and research analysts. We support equity research firms in finding new investment opportunities, expanding coverage, and staying abreast of industry, regulatory and technology trends, and evolving company performance. Our equity research teams of fundamental research and data experts provide customised equity research services by combining alternative data, ESG and technology expertise (e.g., our BEAT suite of tools) to provide differentiated research insights across sectors. We employ one of the largest pools of research analysts with higher professional degrees in finance (such as CFA and CPA), well supported by our Training and Knowledge Management team through a CFA Institute-accredited equity research training programme.

  • Fixed Income and Credit Research Open

    We are the largest independent fixed income and credit research service provider that specialises in providing Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive set of fixed income and credit research support services to asset managers and investment banks. We have a team of over 200 credit research analysts; they are specialists in Emerging Markets and Developed Markets and, by asset class, in Distressed Debt, Sovereign, Sub-sovereign and Corporate and Financial issuers. The team combines qualitative and quantitative fundamental credit research with technological solutions that not only improve our speed to market but also provide actionable insights.

    Our fixed income and credit research team is spread across geographies and credit ratings and even the unrated spectrum, including distressed issuers and workouts. The team is well supported by several best practices documents, Acuity’s proprietary training modules (CFA accredited), and access to long-serving in-house sector and asset class experts. This helps credit analysts to continuously upgrade their subject matter expertise and move up the value chain of fixed income and credit research.

  • Data Science Open

    Global technology megatrends, regulatory developments, the competitive landscape and the rise of alternative data have been driving a paradigm shift in the capital markets ecosystem. Demand to find new avenues of alpha creation powered by data science techniques is at unprecedented levels. Acuity has been providing highly bespoke quantitative and technology-powered solutions to our buy-side and sell-side clients since 2005. To address growing demand in recent years, we launched a dedicated data science practice early in 2019 to provide unique and contextual insights based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

  • Private Equity Support Open

    We provide end-to-end support to private equity (PE) firms on the investment side as well as horizontal support across middle-office and back-office functions.

    On the front-end investment side, we provide comprehensive service offerings to support our PE clients across their investment lifecycles. We assist them from deal sourcing and target evaluation to portfolio monitoring and advisory.

    We also support middle-office and back-office teams of PE firms by providing bespoke fundraising, investor relations and fund operations solutions. We assist clients from level 1 responses to activities such as RFPs/RFIs/DDQs, client presentations, factsheet generation, fund monitoring and fund valuation, and investor reporting. In addition to providing dedicated support on fund valuation, investor reporting and fund administration, we are experienced in integrating data operations into CRM systems, keeping onshore teams informed and flexible to respond to queries faster.

  • Portfolio Research and Operations Open

    Our ‘Portfolio Research and Operations practice provides support to a number of asset managers on activities across the portfolio management value chain, including the following:

    • Performance and risk analytics dashboards

    • Performance measurement and attribution

    • Risk metrics and analytics – beta, VaR, tracking error, correlation, risk attribution

    • Analytics using third-party platforms

    • Middle Office support

    • Portfolio Operations

    • Investment reporting

    • Portfolio analytics maintenance work on platforms such as FactSet, Barra Aegis, Axioma, Wilshire Axiom, Bloomberg and POINT

    • Portfolio Analytics and Reporting

    We have distinguished ourselves from peers through our innovative products and client-centric and thought leadership approach in portfolio analytics and reporting and management. We enable clients to work on a "lean" model by offshoring analytical and technology requirements, increasing their bandwidth to focus on value-added strategies. We also help clients leverage our industry experience for superior portfolio risk analytics, efficient investment operations, enhanced reporting solutions, robust data integration and management, and bespoke applications, tools and dashboards. Our customers have experienced significant value from our strong capital markets knowledge coupled with data and technology capabilities to build innovative and tailored managed service solutions.

  • Index Solutions Open

    As the focus shifts towards more passive strategies and ETFs, cost pressure increases, driving the need for innovative, market-relevant products and building infrastructure to support growth. Acuity Knowledge Partners is one of the leading global third-party vendor of index support, with more than 10 years of experience in supporting four of the world’s topindex providers. We offer end-to-end index support services under one roof – we provide index development and operations across strategy and benchmark indices with multi-asset-class coverage, thematic and strategy research, index marketing and client servicing.

    By leveraging our broad suite of Index services and solutions, our clients are able to move up the value chain and overcome budgetary and research bandwidth constraints. We help our clients develop and test new and monetisable research ideas. Furthermore, our research and analytics expertise and ability to take on regular maintenance work free up their time to focus on higher-priority objectives.

How we are different

Ready access to skilled talent
Ready access to skilled talent
Pool of educated, well-trained, highly skilled analysts who work as an extension of a hedge fund advisory firms, with the flexibility to ramp up, downsize and/or offer multi-language support and near-shore capabilities, depending on business requirements.
Support bottom-line optimisation
Support bottom-line optimisation
Clients optimise capacity by assigning time-consuming, non-core tasks and enjoy 40-60% cost savings while delivering hedge fund services.
Depth of delivery and industry experience
Depth of delivery and industry experience
Ability to transform portfolio coverage into an around-the-clock monitoring system via our strategically located delivery centres.
A range of cross-platform hedge fund solutions under one umbrella
A range of cross-platform hedge fund solutions under one umbrella
We offer research process automation using our proprietary automation tools (BEAT), ESG coverage and data science and technology services.
Acuity can receive payments via soft dollars
Acuity can receive payments via soft dollars
Acuity will facilitate the structure for receiving payments from third party/brokers.

What we have done

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Support to a global asset manager with USD1tn in AUM across fund strategies
What we are proud of


increased coverage to include a larger universe of funds


enhanced participation in multi-fund deals

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Strategic data production partner to a top 3 hedge fund
What we are proud of

USD1.1m in annualised cost savings

Capital markets domain + front-office technology DNA helped create a strong validation framework

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Credit research support to a discretionary investment manager with USD28bn in AuM
What we are proud of


more credit coverage

USD1m in

estimated annualised cost savings

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Natural language processing (NLP) support for ESG investing to a global asset manager (with USD700bn+ in AuM)
What we are proud of

Algorithms to power NLP engines with overall accuracy of 85% and full ownership of intellectual property

70%+ operational cost savings

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Equity research support to a top 5 global equity hedge fund
What we are proud of

USD1.6m (c. 30%) in estimated annualised cost savings

Providing after-hours support to client analysts based in the US and UK

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