ARC Private Client Indices, Charity Indices and Inheritance Tax Portfolio Indices are now fnalised to March 2018.
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Why is access free?

Suggestus is funded by the investment management community to enable you to make more informed decisions more quickly and more easily, backed by a leading investment consultancy practice with over 20 years of experience with private clients, charities and their advisers.

Why can’t I access the investment manager information?

If you are not professional wealth adviser (an independent financial adviser, wealth planner, lawyer, accountant or professional trustee), we cannot allow public access to manager specific data for regulatory reasons, i.e. we cannot give investment advice without a formal contractual arrangement. If you are an investment manager, you can by all means become part of the community but we cannot let you see other manager’s information for obvious reasons, industrial espionage is generally frowned upon!

Do the Private Client Indices and Charity Indices include the investment manager’s charges?

Yes, we collect the performance data net of investment manager’s fees & charges so you can see the true average client experience. We only use actual client portfolio returns in the calculation of the Indices.

Can you tell me the asset allocation of the PCI or ACI?

We can't tell you the exact asset allocation because the Indices are risk-based i.e. how much return has a manager given you for a given level of risk (volatility). We don’t collect the details of precisely where managers invest for each portfolio purely because average asset allocation, or currency allocation for that matter is effectively meaningless. It implies that every portfolio invests in a bit of everything from cash, equities and bonds, to more alternative things like commodities, gold, property, derivatives, fine wine, art etc., when this is far from reality.

What we can tell you is the asset allocation we have inferred using optimisation techniques. This shows what you potentially could have invested in to replicate the performance of the PCI.

Why can’t I see individual investment manager’s performance numbers? Can you give them to me?

Unfortunately not. We do not publish manager league tables, or release individual managers PCI or ACI numbers. The main reason is that we have merely undertaken some analysis on some data; it is not “ours” to distribute. You can find contact details for each contributing manager in the respective Contributing Managers pages after logging in to Suggestus. Details can also be found at the back of the quarterly published reports.

I am an investment manager, how do I get listed or contribute data?

An excellent question! We love data and meeting new people of course. Email us at and we can have a chat. As a general guide, submitting your Due Diligence information and client/model/fund/etc. performance data is free; getting our analysis typically attracts a (modest) fee.

Can you tell me who the best investment manager is?

We could, but it depends on your requirements, objectives, restrictions, situations, preferences, and a whole host of other factors, not least what you consider “best”. Drop us a line at and we’ll see if we can help.

How do you work out the performance of the Private Client Indices?

Sign up for free and find out! The PCI calculation methodology is available in the Private Client Indices section after logging into Suggestus.

What do all of these acronyms mean?!

The IMI (Investment Management Industry) love these TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms), we’ve jotted down a non-exhaustive glossary beginning with our favourites:

Asset Risk Consultants, the good guys.
Private Client Indices, leading risk-based performance measure of private client discretionary portfolio performance (breathe)
ARC Charity Indices, similar to PCI, but constructed using portfolios run on a discretionary basis for Charitable organisations
Due Diligence Questionnaire, a standardised document asking investment managers lots of questions about who, what, why, when, how and do they have a map
Request For Information, see DDQ
Request for Proposal, a formal request to an investment manager to provide details of what they could or would offer a specific client. Usually in the form of a long Powerpoint (other slideshow software available) presentation.
Portfolio Peer Review, a snapshot of an individual investment portfolio’s performance versus the appropriate peer group. Available on Suggestus for £25 (or currency equivalent), just enter the data securely and receive a report in seconds. Log in and find out more.
Value Added Tax, if you want a PPR, it will cost you £25 including VAT, per report.
Risk Profiling Questionnaire, a series of questions aimed at investors to work out their tolerance and ability to take risk.
Attitude To Risk, see RPQ above
A good one, Synthetic Risk Reward Indicator. This is defined by the CESR (Committee of European Securities Regulators), an independent committee of European Securities regulators, and is a way of assessing an investment fund’s risk. It uses volatility (standard deviation, see RR, Relative Risk) over a five year period. The scale is 1 to 7, 1 being “low risk” and 7 “high risk”.
Relative Risk, how we work out and define risk. We look at the volatility of an investment portfolio, and compare it to the same for World Equities. Taking a relative measure means you have some context, if your relative risk is half that of equities, broadly when equities (like the FTSE) go up 10% you might go up 5%. Volatility is actually standard deviation in a mathematical sense. It is the degree to which a given time period’s return could be away from the average. A smaller volatility number means that the value changes at a steady rate and conversely, a higher number means the value can shift more quickly This Investopedia article explains it quite well.
Value-at-Risk. See this Investopedia article for a succinct explanation.