Morningstar, a leading provider of independent investment research, has entered into an agreement to make eVestment separate account and hedge fund data available to users of Morningstar Direct, the company’s global investment analysis platform for institutional investors.
eVestment’s database of more than 22,000 separate accounts and 23,000 hedge funds will be available for an additional annual fee to Direct users in 2014.
Xiaohua Xia, senior vice president of institutional software at Morningstar, said: "The eVestment data complements Morningstar’s institutional data, and will provide Direct users with an even larger pool of separate accounts and hedge funds with significant depth and history of information. We are pleased to be able to offer this robust collection of investment strategies to our users to support their global manager search efforts and better serve their clients."
Morningstar Direct users will be able to research, filter, and rank strategies available in the eVestment databases based on a variety of operational data points, investment characteristics, and performance measures.
Morningstar plans to enable additional functionality later in 2014, including the ability to create peer groups and custom score cards as well as present findings to clients in customizable charts and tables.