Public funds (pension funds, endowments, sovereigns, and other government agencies that manage money) face operational challenges unlike any other type of investment manager, including the following:
To navigate the industry’s changes and complexities, it helps to have an ally like Cutter Associates with our abundant real-world experience helping public funds optimize their operations and technologies.
Cutter Associates’ public funds investments expertise is unmatched in the industry. Our extensive experience working collaboratively with public fund teams across the globe means that you benefit from our familiarity with and understanding of the pressures public funds face. We take the time to understand your unique situation so you can achieve clarity in your technology frameworks and operations processes. With an eye firmly on budgets and timelines, we tailor our know-how and insights to help you formulate and implement pragmatic solutions.
What was most impressive about the project was the Cutter Team. In my 33 years of experience in this industry I have rarely come across a team of consultants as capable, thoughtful, and enjoyable to work with as the members of the team who worked with us. Each and every one was truly top notch.
- Chief Information Officer, US State Treasury
By leveraging the expertise from our other practices — Operations and Technology Research, Operations Benchmarking, Operational Strategies, Data Management, Systems Search and Selection, and Implementation — you gain access to experts and insights from a full spectrum of specialties. Our team has advised public funds in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on systems infrastructure, operating models, and governance frameworks. And, when your organization joins our Research Consortia you also become a member of our Public Funds forum, so you'll have opportunities to meet with your peers on a regular basis to exchange insights and lessons learned.
Under pressure to reduce spending on external investment managers, many public pension plans have decided to bring management for some asset classes in-house. Funds that do end up insourcing management of some assets end up not only reducing their spending on external managers, but also enhancing their capabilities to monitor, evaluate, and report on risk and performance. In addition, they can exercise greater control over their assets. But decisions about insourcing and outsourcing are complex, and Funds need to carefully analyze a number of criteria, including the operational costs, to know whether the move would be wise for their firm.
Investment managers have witnessed some significant changes across the OMS vendor landscape. Vendors are offering expanded functionality and services, and vendors of OMS designed for hedge funds or small asset managers are vying for market share
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CutterResearch members share their experience with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in their firms. We explore business use cases being supported and considered, and how organizations plan for and manage the bots.
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Principal – Practice Lead, Public & Government Funds
Shankar Subramanian has 25 years of industry experience in investment management and technology solutions. At Cutter Associates, Shankar heads the Public Funds practice, providing thought leadership to the consulting practice as well as strategic and tactical advice to Cutter’s many public fund clients. He is a regular featured speaker at Cutter Associates member events. Shankar has significant experience with buy side asset management firms, insurance firms, government agencies and pension funds.Shankar brings a deep understanding of data management, portfolio management, risk management and alternative investments. He earned his B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management.
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