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Optimize your investment research evaluation process

Manage a formal evaluation process for your investment research by tracking and rating interactions, monitoring budgets and distributing feedback to your providers.

Evolving market practices and global regulations, including MiFID II, have increased scrutiny over how asset managers pay for research. Compliance requirements for the new research payment regulations has led to the unbundling or separation of trade execution and investment research commissions. Given the shift in payment models, investment professionals need to evaluate the quality of the investment research services that are being delivered to them by their counterparties and determine how to compensate for those services appropriately.

Evaluation, by IHS Markit provides asset management companies with a sophisticated online system to manage a formalized and fully-informed research evaluation process. The platform allows buy-side firms to demonstrate a transparent process linking the quality and quantity of goods and services supplied by providers and the expected benefit to investors. In addition, you can easily track the evaluation cycle, maximize evaluator responsiveness, analyze results, review attended meetings during the evaluation period and provide feedback to research providers. Multiple options for formalizing and recording the evaluation process help improve workflows.

Asset managers may also utilize the system to conduct a qualitative assessment of the trading operations provided by the execution counterparties, producing a “360 degree” evaluation of counterparties who provide both trade execution and investment research services.

Our Evaluation platform is integrated with our Commission Manager and Research Payment Manager platforms to enable a more efficient research payments process. Users can also retrieve evaluation results in our Commission Manager platform, which provides virtual CCA/CSA aggregation and management to make payments for eligible services with CCA/CSA credits.

Key benefits:

  • Flexible – Track evaluation using points, or monetary awards allocated across firms, individuals and categories of your choice, automatically saved every 30 seconds
  • Easy-to-use – Administer evaluation process through a workflow timeline, track progress of evaluators are in their individual evaluation process
  • Historical insight – View historical evaluation periods and enjoy seamless integration of historic evaluation results to enable year-over-year analysis
  • Detailed assessments platform – Obtain scorecards with detailed reporting for broker evaluations, including market share analysis, evaluation trend data and qualitative feedback, as well as exercise the ability to make scorecards available to research providers from the system
Manage a formal evaluation process for your investment research


  • Asset managers
  • Hedge funds


Francis Land

He has more than 23 years of experience in the financial services industry and has focused on commission management and research procurement services for the last 15 years. Mr. Land joined IHS Markit in October 2016 and has responsibilities covering product development, strategy, sales and marketing with a particular focus on EMEA. He is a regular speaker on trends in research procurement at conferences and events. Prior to IHS Markit, he worked for Westminster Research Associates, a specialist CSA broker. Before that, he worked at The Bank of New York (now BNY Mellon) in a variety of roles within their depositary receipts and global custody divisions. Mr. Land holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and government from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

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