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Operations and Technology Research

Cutter Associates brings you up-to-date research covering investment processing systems and operational issues. From industry insights to vendor and product assessments, our research has real world application to help you:

  • Validate your systems strategy
  • Understand industry operating models
  • Stay current on technology trends
  • Reduce risks from systems decisions
  • Lower costs



We constantly monitor and analyze industry trends, technology, and operational challenges, and we share that knowledge with buy-side investment managers like you. Our research reports typically include the following core information:

  • Industry insights
  • Changes to the vendor landscape
  • Where your peers are focusing their efforts
  • Best practices
  • Comprehensive system evaluations

Learn from the Experts

Our regularly published research covers the issues that matter most to the investment management community. Because our members drive the topics we cover, our research is always compelling and practical. Members gain access to our latest research publications and to our comprehensive online research library, covering the full range of industry topics and technology. You’ll also be invited to join us at our networking events to hear the latest research direct from our analysts.

Their research is so thorough that I have never felt like I needed to ask deeper questions on the subject.

CutterResearch Member

Research Methodology

In producing our research, our analysts follow a proven process to ensure relevant results based on consistent standards.

Member Interviews – we interview our community members to understand the real world challenges and issues they face

Detailed Surveys – we develop insightful surveys for members to identify industry trends

Vendor RFIs – we issue detailed requests for information from vendors about their products and services

System Demonstrations – we host detailed system demonstrations by solution providers, tailored to the criteria most important to our members

Unbiased Viewpoints – no vendor ever “pays to play” in our research. Our views are not shared outside our member community, and our reports are absolutely objective.

Armed with this comprehensive, thoughtful, and independent intelligence, you can make informed decisions about your existing technology and operational structures, and know where to effectively channel your resources.



When Predictions Are Wise
Jan 12, 2017

It’s that time of year again, when our inboxes fill up with Top Trends lists, offering predictions and insights for the coming year on industry changes, issues, developments, and technological innovations. The lists are self promotional of course, but some can help you to anticipate industry direction, recognize new business issues, and re-prioritize your strategic plans for 2017.

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Risk Management Systems
Oct 31, 2016

This Research report includes an overview of risk management products, and a detailed evaluation of systems that support market and credit risk management, as well as investment managers' risk management practices.

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Managing Fintech
Oct 14, 2016

This CutterResearch report includes a review of new technologies that are beginning to affect buy-side firms, how firms view them, and how they expect to use them.

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Mastering Client, Account, and Product Data
Oct 14, 2016

This report contains findings from Cutter Associates research on Mastering Client, Account, and Product (CAP) Data. It provides background on the industry drivers affecting investment managers, including those related to data quality and accuracy for this reference data.

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Tracking Investment Strategy, Front to Back
Oct 6, 2016

CutterResearch members discuss the challenges they face and best practices considered to track Investment Strategies/Themes within Multi-strategy portfolios as data flows through systems supporting the investment process — from portfolio management and trading through downstream systems delivering strategy level P&L, performance, and other reporting.

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Barclays POINT Alert!
Jun 15, 2016

In December 2015, Bloomberg announced they were acquiring Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions (BRAIS). The announcement went through the investment management industry like an emergency weather alert—an urgent call for planning and action.

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 Mary Storrs

Mary Storrs

Principal, Head of CutterResearch and CutterBenchmarking
Mary Storrs has over 30 years of experience working in the investment management industry. She has been with Cutter Associates for over 14 years, first as a consultant focusing on front office projects and subsequently with CutterResearch since its inception. Mary assumed leadership of the Research division in 2011 and continues to innovate the product to deliver the very best research available to the investment management community. At Cutter Associates, Mary has authored research reports in a variety of content areas including trading, portfolio management, transaction cost analysis, investment research management, and market data systems. She is currently responsible for the Research and Benchmarking teams. She oversees all the research Cutter Associates delivers to our members and ensures that content is relevant and timely.  As Head of the Benchmarking team, Mary oversees CutterBenchmarking studies which allow our members to understand how they compare to their industry peers and their relative positioning with regards to industry best practices. Mary holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.S. from Boston College.


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