Investment Team of the Year

About the Award

Investment Team of the Year applies to firms that specialise in managing investments. Entries should demonstrate how the team has achieved strong risk-adjusted performance, and how it attracts and retains clients through providing an excellent client experience, strong client communications, and clarity and transparency, particularly in relation to fee structures and risk.

All entrants will need to submit a written submission (A) which carries a weighting of 60% and an additional data submission (B) which carries a weighting of 40%. Please read full entry guidelines below before submitting an entry. 

Part (A) – Written submission (60% of award)

Focusing on the year 1 May 2020–23 April 2021 only, address all of the following three criteria: they are equally weighted. 

1. Your client service proposition and team capabilities in particular:

  • Your client onboarding process and how you handle more advanced structures.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with the more complex structures used in trust and estate planning.

2. The way your firm communicates and engages with clients and their advisors including:

  • The frequency, relevance and clarity of communications in particular the way fees and risks are explained to clients. *A redacted copy of a client report to support this will need to be sent through to [email protected] by midnight on 23 April.

3. The overall investment proposition of the firm including details of the following:

  • The key investment decisions made over the past 12 months (1 May 2020–23 April 2021) and how they affected client outcomes.
  • How the firm monitors and manages investment risk.

Part (B) – Quantitative data questions and assessment (40% of award) 

Please provide performance and asset allocation data for the 36-month period (January 2018 –December 2020) using the data submission spreadsheet. The submission should be based on your core multi-asset strategy for portfolios typically over GBP1 million (or equivalent in USD and EUR) and on a medium-risk mandate (based on the MP Analytics risk ranges).

The performance assessment will be made by MP Analytics using an objective measure based on the past three years data, taking into consideration both performance, risk, and with particular focus on the most recent 12-month period. 

Please include the following details about the investment strategy you have submitted.

  • A description of this strategy and its objective.
  • Any benchmark(s) used by the strategy.
  • The approximate assets under management (AUM) invested in this strategy across all risk categories.
  • A description of the data used in the submission (e.g. actual client data, reference portfolio, model)

The Role of MP Analytics 

MP Analytics provides analysis of investment providers to assist the judges when they are considering the submissions for Investment Team of the Year. The analysis includes a review of investment performance and risk over a 36-month (January 2018–December 2020) and 12-month (January–December 2020) period to confirm that investors have not only received good service (which will be included in the written submissions) but also good results.

MP Analytics provides consistent analysis across all of the service providers through individual portfolio reviews. The results are then summarised for the judges, using ‘heat maps’ that allow for easy comparison. 

The process is designed to allow the service providers to supply the requisite data efficiently and the judges to be confident that the performance has been appraised through a robust process, ensuring that the award goes to a worthy winner.