Methodology Video

A Trophy For Each Category

Winners Selection


A trophy for each category

The Best European Funds in different categories.
The Best Asset Managers depending on their size of product range.
The Best European A.M. on the long term (7 years) : FUNDCLASS trophies.

Best Funds

Funds are rewarded for the regularity of their over-performance during 4 years.
In each funds’ category we classify the open ended investment funds, without any attention on the geographical zone, sector or type, that are represented in another category. Only open ended investment funds without geographical, sectorial or management styles bias are selected.

The Best Funds having presented the following risk profiles:

Best Asset Managers
Asset managers are rewarded by country for the global quality of their European range of funds. The country is determined by the most important registered place of theirs range of funds. If the range of funds is equally registered in two or more countries, the Asset Managers will compete in Multi-Country Category. The best Asset Managers in Europe are rewarded only one time as the Best European Asset Managers and doesn't appear on National Categories. The Best European and National Asset Management companies belongs to the 8 following categories having between:

This trophy rewards a long-term management, the capacity of an Asset Manager to have a range of funds that out-performs during 7 years in Europe.

Categories are the same that for the Best Asset Managers trophies.

Methodology for the winners selection

For the winners selection, we use a methodology that consists of three steps:

Ranking of funds

FUNDCLASS offers an objective analysis of risk and fund performance which lead to a perceptive ranking of the totality of funds available on the market. Performance achieved by one fund depends on the underlying strategy and consequently on the risks which are embedded. Risk profile for each fund are computed thanks to the APT tools and data of the FIS group.
Approximately, 210 homogeneous categories are needed to cover all type of risk profile.
Ranking takes into account the risk level born by the investor. We compute the ranking of funds based on the Risk Adjusted Performance (RAP) of each category. Performance is compared with competitors rather than benchmarks. The process is done every quarter and stored for each fund.
Inside a category, the RAP of each fund is:

Performance and RAP are evaluated on a one year period.

Rating of funds
Before comparing funds, it is essential to establish coherent sub groups within the fund population. FUNDCLASS has adopted a “buy side” approach, meaning that we consider that a fund can be compared to another fund only if there is a similar risk profile.
Categorization determines the universe of reference of the rival funds.
The rating must be established in relation to the performance of competing funds belonging to the same category.
The rating must reflect performance in the medium term.

Funds are ranked every quarter on their last 12 months performance. Funds which have been ranked by us for 12 consecutive quarter are then given a mark equal to its average decile.

FUNDCLASS has defined a scale of Rating based on the average decile.

Rating of Asset Managers
Every European Asset Manager having a rated fund is rated. In order to create coherent groups, categories are defined by number of rated funds.
Scale evaluation for rating funds :

Considering the entire set of funds rated for one Asset Manager, we calculate its corresponding weighted average value :

We compute the average mark of all Asset Managers and define 8 categories according to the number of funds held :

Smallest Asset Managers, with less than 4 funds held, will not compete.

In each category, the European winner is the Asset Manager with the highest average mark.