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About Vik

USA

20+ years of experience

Vik Srimurthy, Consultant, headshot
Vik Srimurthy, Consultant at EPFR, an Informa Financial Intelligence business, conducts quantitative research behind all of EPFR’s current products, focusing primarily on FX and stock flows, to help financial services firms detect money movements and seize market opportunities.

Specifically, he helps clients understand how they can gain a competitive edge by using EPFR data to expose market conditions with tools such as the “Bear Detector,” designed to predict bear markets two to three weeks before they arrive.

Additionally, Vikram built the quantitative capabilities of the EPFR research infrastructure, allowing him to revamp all its fund flow models. He demonstrates the efficacy of EPFR data in peer-reviewed journals, educates clients on new research, and uses client feedback to drive further research.

Previously, Vikram worked as a portfolio manager for LMCG Investments, LLC, managing over $1 billion in emerging markets assets as part of the quantitative equity investment management group. He also served on the buy-side quantitative team at Evergreen Investments.

Outside the office, Vikram, a native of India, spends time training his terrier mix, Koko, and playing bridge competitively.

  • B.A., Mathematics; Dartmouth College
  • Ph.D., Mathematics; University of California, San Diego

“I build the tools that help people outperform the markets. We know our tools help people outperform the markets because we have the data to show it. With our fund flows and country allocations, we can isolate FX trends and understand what’s driving them. And with a clear view, we have predictive power.”


Analyst Articles

Articles by Vik

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Trick? Treat? Or contrarian FX signal?

    By Vik Srimurthy 20 Oct 2021

    QC

    In late October the mind – at least in the US – turns to brews, potions and mixtures as Halloween looms and faux witches cauldrons dot suburban lawns. Read more...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - The utility of water has never been clearer

    By Vik Srimurthy 17 Sep 2021

    QC

    EPFR’s data can be filtered in dozens of ways, including sifting through lists of individual funds to create bespoke groups. A recent example is the selection of utility sector funds with water mandates into a custom group. As it happens, these funds are in focus and in demand. With water getting scarcer in many parts of the world, governments boosting budgets for “green” infrastructure and water’s key role in next generation industries – by some estimates the average semiconductor plant requires over 3 million gallons of clean water a day – investors see both need and opportunity. Read more...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Cruising to Alpha

    By Vik Srimurthy 04 Aug 2021

    Quants Corner

    In early June hundreds of Venetians gathered to protest the return of giant cruise ships to their famous city on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Waving flags and signs bearing the words “No Big Ships,” they reiterated their opposition to the passage of vessels often weighing over 100,000 tons through canals originally engineered for sailing ships and galleys. Read more...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - A clearer view over the hedge

    By Vik Srimurthy 01 Jul 2021

    Quants Corner

    Historically, it has been hard to extract signals from aggregated hedge fund data that can (a) be integrated into existing investment processes or (b) used as the foundation for a new process. A desire to protect proprietary information, and greater discretion compared to so-called 40 Act funds regarding how much and when to report, makes the flow of data from the hedge fund universe inconsistent and heterogeneous. Read more...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Pace of Green - One fund steals march in Mexican ESG

    By Vik Srimurthy 02 Jun 2021

    Pace of Green

    It’s amazing how much money one fund can gather when it hits a sweet spot. Last month, money poured into the Mexican ESG category, continuing a strong run that started in August last year, according to EPFR data. But all these flows were driven by just one exchange-traded fund (ETF) - iShares ESG MSCI Mexico...

    Topic Industry News ESG

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Pace of Green - Swiss ESG bonds ride market wave but buyers should beware

    By Vik Srimurthy 29 Apr 2021

    Pace of Green

    ESG funds soaked up inflows again in March, and the Swiss bond market was the biggest sponge. Swiss environmental, social and governance (ESG) bond funds attracted a whopping $1.3 billion new investments, 9.1% of its total assets under management. This took total Swiss-based ESG bond assets to over $15 billion, according to fund flow data from EPFR. Swiss ESG bonds have received positive inflows in each of the last 12 months except one. But this momentum accelerated in February, when the Swiss stock exchange (SIX) launched 20 new ESG bond indices, all based on the Swiss Bond Index. SIX also introduced a filter system allowing investors to search for green, sustainability or sustainability-linked bonds...

    Topic Industry News ESG

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Getting ready for the ‘transitory’ guest

    By Vik Srimurthy 29 Apr 2021

    Quants Corner - Getting ready for the ‘transitory’ guest

    The US Federal Reserve believes the recent gains made by inflation will be temporary, and that the headline rate will be at or around its 2% level going into 2022. Investors are not so sure. Since the beginning of 3Q20, EPFR-tracked Inflation Protected Bond Funds have recorded inflows 40 of the 43 weeks through mid-April of this year. US Bank Loan Funds, meanwhile, have taken in fresh money all but one week year-to-date. During 2020 this fund group, traditionally viewed as a way to play rising short-term interest rates, posted outflows 41 of the year’s 52 weeks. Since inflation has – at least officially – been largely absent for over a decade, many of the investment strategies for dealing with it, such as focusing on precious metals, real estate, or other tangible assets, have a fair amount of dust on them. In this blog, we will look at this issue from the industry level, aiming to identify those that will fare best of the inflation’s recent gains prove not to be transitory. Read more...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Collective Investment Trusts: the latest wrinkle in fund time

    By Vik Srimurthy 15 Apr 2021

    Quants Corner

    EPFR currently tracks over 133,400 shares classes offered by mutual, ETF, hedge funds and other vehicles that encompass over $46 trillion worth of assets. A small but rapidly growing part of this universe is occupied by Collective Investment Trusts, better known by the acronym CIT. Like ETFs and mutual funds, CITs are pooled investment vehicles. Unlike ETFs and mutual funds, CITs are not regulated by the SEC and not open to retail investors (though they can get access through qualified retirement plans). For providers, this lighter regulatory touch means that CITs are easier to open, have smaller compliance burdens and – often – charge lower fees. One of those providers describe CITs as “combining the cost savings of a separately managed institutional account with the convenience of a mutual fund.” Read more...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Pace of Green - Global ESG standards seek cohesion, but face uphill challenge

    By Vik Srimurthy 01 Apr 2021

    Quant Corner

    The massive flows of money into environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments over 2020 continued into January and February, according to EPFR data. But, without better ESG reporting standards, this wave of money will fall short of the desired impact. Sustainable investing has long been hampered by patchy or confusing measurement and reporting, leaving the door open for some asset managers to make overly positive claims about the impact of their activities. As sustainable investing becomes more mainstream, investors will demand better, more standardized and comparable information. Asset managers, and those that guide and regulate them, will have to respond. But one major obstacle is the bewildering plethora of ESG standards and metrics that already exist. Turning these into a simple, cohesive set of standards could be like turning round a huge old tanker in a hurricane...

    Topic Industry News ESG

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Inflation: A mythical beast of antiquity?

    By Vik Srimurthy 25 Feb 2021

    Quants Corner

    When readers of this blog were young, their bedtime fare probably included tales featuring dragons and the people who either slew or bonded with them. As they grew older, their parents likely told them tales about a mythical sounding but real scourge: inflation and its evil twin stagflation. Read more here…

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - In 2021, backing those closest to the light

    By Vik Srimurthy 21 Jan 2021

    Quants Corner

    Mapping fund flows to the progression of a truly global pandemic is something that EPFR – thankfully – has not had to deal with for most of its existence. But that changed with a vengeance last year, bringing with it lockdowns, stimulus checks, social distancing, closed borders and remote working. In this new social and economic environment different dots need to be connected to unlock value. This blog will explore one topical avenue, the link between individual country’s progress vaccinating their populations against COVID-19 – with the leaders presumed to be closer to a return to economic normality – and the flows into and returns for countries. The current poster child for this thesis is Israel, which is not only the leader in the global vaccination race but offers a secondary cyber-security expertise story that is playing well given recent revelations of hacking on an international scale...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Animal spirits arise in retail investors

    By Vik Srimurthy 13 Jan 2021

    Quants Corner

    After years of pulling money out of equity funds, retail investors are starting to step back in. EPFR-tracked Equity Funds ended 2020 with eight straight weeks of retail inflows, their longest such run since 2Q06. In this, retail investors are several years behind the institutional money and, as a result, have missed out on strong market returns four of the past five years. Global Equity Funds have been the biggest beneficiaries of this latest surge in retail interest. During 2019 this group recorded retail inflows 19 of the year’s 52 weeks. In 2020 they posted retail inflows 44 times. The last time there was such a concentration of retail money going into a single fund category was 2016, and before that 2015. In both cases, the rush into Australia and China Equity Funds ended badly for retail investors. Are Global Funds headed for the same comeuppance? Have they missed the bus? Prior to 2020, the chance of a positive retail flow into Equity Funds ranged from one week in every nine during 2014 to one in 25 during 2016. Last year this group attracted retail money two out of every five weeks...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - EPFR’s 2020 wrap: signing off on a crazy year

    By Vik Srimurthy 19 Nov 2020

    Quants Corner

    Signing off on a crazy year After more than two decades of tracking mutual fund flows and allocation data, we’ve come to believe that each year, or indeed each time period, has its own special “data signature”. If, for instance, you plot the cumulative weekly flow into EPFR-tracked equity funds against those into bond funds -- expressing both as a percentage of assets under management -- you end up with a random trail that reflects the uncertainty or confidence felt by markets over a given period of time. By that measure, 2020 has been a crazy one indeed, as befits a year that has seen the COVID-19 pandemic and the swansong of Donald Trump’s presidency. In contrast to most of the blogs that appear on Quant’s Corner, this one will spend more time looking at the writing on the 2020 wall than trying to translate it through quantitative analysis into actionable strategies, signals and models...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - The run-up to election day: Reading the fund tea leaves

    By Vik Srimurthy 29 Oct 2020

    Quant Corner

    With less than a week to go before America chooses a president, what are the flow and return numbers saying? The flows and returns for EPFR-tracked funds, that is. Will incumbent Donald J Trump be re-elected? Or Joe Biden voted into office as the 46th President of the United States? Quantitative analysis of fund flows and returns allows us to craft a new factor, which we are calling the Trump Sensitivity Factor, that unlocks political and future performance signals from the data...

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Factor flow: Augmenting the toolkit.

    By Vik Srimurthy 22 Sep 2020

    Quant Corner

    EPFR subscribers have traditionally looked at the kinds of funds money is moving into. Active or passive? ETF or mutual fund? Equity or Bond? Energy or Technology? They have also looked at where: Pacific or Europe, Global or GEM. They have usually overlooked factors. Based on their prospectus, EPFR’s data team classifies funds by Style (Growth/Value/Blend), Size (Large/Mid/Small) and Social Responsibility (ESG/not ESG). However, merely by looking at past returns, it is also possible to also classify funds by Momentum, Reversal, Volatility, Beta and Oil Sensitivity. Finally, to add icing to the cake, it is possible to classify funds based on Flow. This blog details what happens, both in terms of additional information and for returns, when you break down money flow in terms of these factors.

    Topic Industry News ESG