Solutions // RIAs and Advisors

Give your clients an edge.

Active management can deliver a powerful performance boost ― or cause the best-planned portfolio to disappoint. Our technology helps you approach allocation decisions with greater structure, conviction and accuracy.


Use our analytics standalone or seamlessly in conjunction with other due diligence inputs.

Empirically Adds Value Along the Full Life-Cycle of an External Manager Relationship

Cut through the data overwhelm of performance ratios, research reports and ranking scorecards. Focus on actionable predictive analytics and sound decision frameworks that drive better results.

Back your model portfolios with objective, forward-looking metrics that describe, using plain language and elegant visualizations, exactly what you can expect from selecting a fund ― along with "what-if" scenarios and statistical confidence intervals.

Clients served:

  • Advisor Networks
  • Registered Investment Advisors
  • Private Wealth Managers
  • Searches

    Identify the shortlisted manager with the highest probability of meeting the objectives of the search, if hired. Compare the skill level exhibited in widely disimilar funds on an equal basis.

  • Reviews

    Assess the drivers and quality of realized results given the manager's opportunity set. Estimate the likelihood that a switch would add value, and identify the optimal switching time.

  • Asset Allocation

    Determine whether active management is warranted for a given exposure, as compared to the Best Passive Alternative. Simulate a wide range of market environments to understand active risk.

Differentiate Yourself

Set your firm apart from competitors and supercharge your internal analytical capabilities with our technology.

Improve Performance

Increase your clients' risk-adjusted returns by leveraging improved manager diligence and selection tools.

Boost Compliance

Document fund recommendations with objective analytics supporting the rationale, prudence and cost-efficacy of your choices.

Outputs Tailored Precisely to Your Needs

All of our work is customized and produced on demand for the client's exclusive benefit, incorporating the latest available information and the specific parameters of the request.

Ad-Hoc Engagements

Get targeted help with a specific mandate, review exercise, presentation or other internal project with no ongoing commitment.

Fixed Retainer

Request Empirically analytics for an unlimited number of searches, manager reviews and other projects in one or more asset classes.

Case Study
Problem

Reviewing monthly and quarterly reports from more than 30 external managers created a major drain on the investment team's internal resources. It was unclear what should be prioritized and whether outlier results represented noise or a structural break.

Solution

Empirically developed a system to streamline its monitoring process by providing a clean dashboard of up-to-date, directly comparable predictive analytics. This allows the team to focus its limited resources on deeper attention to managers with greater underperformance risk.

Case Study
Problem

An Outsourced CIO was facing repeated inquiries from clients regarding its use of active managers in certain equity and fixed income categories, given the existence of lower-cost alternatives. The OCIO wanted to objectively quantify the value-added of its recommended managers in these categories.

Solution

Empirically simulated each investment product and its Best Passive Alternative using its EPSE and Replicator capabilities, and delivered a report which included probability distributions of the net-of-fees value of active versus passive management in each area over relevant future periods.

Case Study
Problem

An RIA's advisers often met with clients who wanted to adjust their portfolios to reflect their beliefs about specific future events, such as inflation and political outcomes. The RIA needed a structured framework to weight client preferences along with its own forecasts, and track their

Solution

Empirically delivered a custom decision exploration tool using its Premortem technology, which advisers could use in client meetings. It allowed visualization of the potential returns and tradeoffs of making various changes, and allowed incorporation of the strength of each belief.

Case Study
Problem

A private foundation was considering terminating 2 underperforming managers and replacing them with smart beta products. However, the trustees were concerned about the risk of "locking in" the losses, and then underperforming again if the managers rebounded after being terminated.

Solution

Using its StateSpace capability, Empirically concluded that the two strategies were unlikely to rebound on a relative basis in the short term, resulting in a recommendation to switch immediately. Using its Premortem capability, Empirically quantified the probability that such an action would result in regret (underperformance) vs. holding.

Case Study
Problem

A mid-sized RIA catering to ultra-high-net-worth clients wanted to bolster its research capabilities in a highly competitive marketplace, especially with respect to alternatives. However, its in-house diligence team was relatively small and already operating at full capacity.

Solution

Under a retainer agreement, the research team can now request Empirically's predictive analytics on an unlimited number of hedge fund and private equity search exercises. All reports employ a consistent, apples-to-apples methodology and clearly describe the distribution of expected returns in a client-friendly way.

Case Study
Problem

The CIO of an insurance company's discretionary portfolio was considering shifting more assets into smart beta products. He wanted to quantify the probability that the proposed switch would add value over the next 2, 5 and 10 years.

Solution

Empirically estimated predictive models for the portfolio's current manager slate and the proposed smart beta allocation and simulated them over a range of potential market conditions. The results indicated a strong business case for the move.

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Evidence-Based Due Diligence Tools

Guided by the Empirically Compass, we can help ensure you make fully-informed choices that have the highest probability of meeting client objectives.

Start with Blocks

Unlike a traditional consulting firm, Empirically's analytical capabilities are organized into self-contained Blocks, each of which delivers a reliable and validated answer to an important due diligence question.

Build Workflows

Choose from our pre-designed Workflows or build your own custom ones to fit any project from collections of Blocks. Example Workflows include a Cost vs. Value Analysis, an Annual Fixed Income Manager Review, and a Long-Short Hedge Fund Search.

Modify or Repeat On Demand

Most Workflows can be delivered in as little as 3 working days. Expert review and commentary is included, and we're also available to present the results by phone, video conference or in person.

ILLUSTRATIVE WORKFLOW

Conducting an Optimal Manager Search with Empirically

Use Cases

Select an asset class to explore how our technology can support your manager selection efforts and fiduciary responsibilities.

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Let's discuss how you can begin leveraging Empirically's capabilities to achieve better portfolio outcomes and act with greater conviction.

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