Helping buy-side investors with their internal research

Do you need help in  your research process?

Do financial constraints limit your access to important resources and tools?

Can your time be spent more effectively focusing on asset allocation, financial planning, portfolio management, developing client relationships or just running your business?

Would you like to add analytical horsepower while maintaining flexibility? 

Learn more about how we can help you do your job more efficiently and cost-effectively.

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AB Analytical Services provides its clients with 4 broad types of services:  Analytical Retainer, Analytical Project, Subscription and Consulting.

 

 

Analytical Retainer:  Client purchases a block of time per month for on-going daily or weekly reciprocal interaction and provision of specified services

 

Example:   An RIA with $125mm under management and a 5-member investment  team has engaged AB Analytical Services to help identify investment ideas and to  provide an additional outside perspective.  Duties include participating in a  weekly investment meeting.  Internal staff does the heavy lifting!

 

Example 2:  A hedge fund with $200mm under management and several internal analysts has engaged AB Analytical Services to conduct initial research and then to follow companies specifically selected by the client.

 

Example 3:  An RIA working as a sole practictioner has engaged AB Analytical Services for idea generation.  Duties include continual communication and written documentation for new buys.

 

Example 4:  An RIA managing several billion dollars has engaged AB Analytical Services to provide an independent outside view.  Duties include serving as an outside sector specialist in an area not internally followed, idea generation and providing potentially critical analysis of existing holdings.

 

 


Analytical Project:  Client engages AB Analytical Services to complete a specific task, billed at agreed upon price

 

 Example:  A $25mm RIA (sole-practitioner) engaged AB Analytical Services to  research two Pharmaceutical companies.  The agreed upon price reflected an  estimate of the time involved to create the reports in accordance with the client’s  requirements.  Typically, a report that addresses Fundamentals, Technicals and  Valuation will cost $250-$500 (less if it is on our Focus list), depending on the complexity..

 

Subscription:  We offer access to occasional research projects on a monthly subscription basis.  Here is an example:

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Consulting:  This category is wide open by nature, but below are some of the services that we can provide.  Note that in all cases, fees are hourly with absolutely no risk of unexpected overages

 

General Investment Management Consulting

 

 

Example:  An RIA with multiple offices focusing on Separately Managed Accounts, ETFs, Mutual Funds and Alternative Investments (all externally provided) engaged AB Analytical Services to help rebuild its internal research capabilities.  Responsibilities included rationalizing external resources, performing on a temporary basis certain internal tasks, surveying internal advisors, reviewing outside software and overseeing hiring staff.

 

 

Other potential areas include:

     

Transitioning from solely individual to serving institutional clients

 

Reducing dispersion of returns

                 

Implementing best practices

                      

Training/Education                       

 

On-site training in technical, fundamental or valuation-oriented analysis is available for $800 for a four-hour minimum ($125 per hour each additional hour), with client providing transportation and lodging (food would be nice too!).

 

One-on-one mentoring/training is available at $150 per hourmpensation AnalysisR

Recruiting/Compensation Analysis                     

 

We can work with the client to identify candidates for new analyst positions as well as to confidentially assess compensation policies.  With respect to the hiring process, we interview key personnel in order to understand the firm and its needs and to define the job requirements as well as the attributes that the client seeks.  We then review resumes, phone interview qualified applicants and create a group of appropriate candidates for the client to interview (saving a lot of time and hassle internally).  All of this is done on a per-hour basis and has a much lower cost to the firmthan using a full-time professional staffing company.

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M&A Due Diligence

 

We provide and independent, outside assessment of any investment management firms that the client is considering acquiring, looking for any red flags.

 

Strategic Consulting

AB Analytical Services, through a third-party arrangement, provides strategic consulting for firms contemplating growth via acquisition or marketing expansion

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Compliance                       

 

AB Analytical Services, through a third-party arrangement, provides compliance consulting for start-up and small RIAs and Hedge Funds, with the goal of implementing best practices and reducing expensive legal costs

 

 

 

 

                      

 

PpppExample:   An RIA with $125mm under management and a 5-member investment  team has engaged AB Analytical Services to help identify investment ideas and to  provide an additional outside perspective.  Duties include participating in a  weekly investment meeting.  Internal staff does the heavy lifting!

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