Sector Insights

Leader or Laggard? 

How Data Drives Competitive Advantage in the Investment Community

November 2013

Data has become the lifeblood of business. It flows behind almost every decision. But as data volumes grow exponentially, organizations must be able to manage this complex mass of information for smarter decisions and better results.

In today’s fast-changing environment, asset managers and asset owners need to act swiftly and decisively to gain new opportunities. They must keep up with new regulations, which place major demands on their data infrastructures. They also need analytics tools that can integrate risk and performance measures across multiple asset classes.

This report outlines the key challenges and opportunities facing the investment community in the area of data and analytics. Drawing on a global survey of more than 400 asset managers and asset owners, our research reveals an industry divided between “data leaders” and “data laggards.”

While data leaders are able to use data and analytics for competitive advantage, data laggards have yet to see the full potential of their data. We identify the key steps they need to take to be on the right side of the data divide.

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About the Research

In August to September 2013, the Economist Intelligence Unit, on behalf of State Street, conducted a survey of 404 executives covering a cross-section of the investment industry, with a roughly equal balance between asset owners and asset managers. Respondents were globally distributed, with roughly one-third based in North America, one-third in Asia Pacific and one-third in Europe.

As data volumes grow exponentially, organizations must be able to manage this complex mass of information for smarter decisions and better results.