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Investment philosophy and process

Investment manager selection

Seeking a competitive edge.

SEI is a manager of managers. We build investment strategies by hiring specialist managers known for their expertise in specific markets or with specific investment styles.

Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research, we identify managers that have demonstrated an ability to provide exposure to the portfolio’s selected sources of return and that have a sustainable competitive advantage.

After we hire a manager, our ongoing monitoring either validates our initial conclusions or identifies signs that the manager no longer meets our criteria. We don’t have to wait for poor performance to remove managers from a portfolio; we do it when we believe they have lost their competitive edge.

Shortlist of recommended managers Quantitative analytics Qualitative reviewSEI & investor-specific filtersAsset manager universe

Asset manager universe

  • Hundreds of managers with varying firm structures and cultures, applying diverse investment approaches 

SEI & investor-specific filters

  • Asset-class and SEI alpha source filters
  • Investor filter—for example, socially responsible, boutique manager

Qualitative review

  • Manager interviews and on-site visits
  • Firm overview—stability, culture and alignment
  • Team analysis—structure, experience and resources
  • Comprehensive process review—understanding the “edge”

Quantitative analytics 

  • Historical holdings review
  • Factor analysis
  • Forensic attribution and risk analysis
  • Portfolio characteristics

Source: SEI. 

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