Frontier Investment Consulting, which advises on $117 billion in assets, will sell its proprietary research of investment managers through an online database called Mercury.

Melbourne-based Frontier will offer Mercury to clients and non-clients seeking information and ratings on 1600 managed funds run by 1467 investment managers. The subscription database, available from October, will also contain notes from 4100 meetings Frontier has held with managers.

“It can be a standalone service to non-clients,” says Allison Hill, senior consultant at Melbourne-based Frontier. “Funds that don’t have a generalist consultant can use it to access broad information about managers.”

Quantitative analysis about manager performance will soon be added to the database, Hill says. Users of Mercury, which is named after the mythological Roman messenger god, can create customised data feeds through a “My Portfolio” function that aggregates information.

“It responds to what we see as quite significant changes within our client base, which is using more internal resources,” says Kristian Fok, deputy director of consulting at Frontier. “So how we deliver information to them is very important.”

The database was announced on Friday June 15 at Frontier’s client conference in Melbourne to an audience of superannuation fund executives. The consultancy also unveiled Prism, a project drawing on quantitative data to determine the characteristics of top-performing superannuation funds.

It announced that its name will change to Frontier Advisors in mid-July, when the business relocates to new offices in TAC House at 222 Exhibition Street in the Melbourne central business district.

Simon Mumme became a fnancial journalist through a stroke of luck. Upon graduating with a Master of Journalism from The University of Queensland in 2006, he set out to fnd a news organisation that would employ him as an overseas correspondent or business reporter. Or both, ideally. Conexus Financial hired the bright-eyed cadet, and in the ensuing years he wrote for all of its titles until being appointed editor of Investment Magazine in June 2010. Under his guidance, the magazine continues to dominate the Australian institutional investment media through its authoritative, insightful and engaging feature stories and analysis. Outside of work, Simon trains keenly in Muay Thai kickboxing, revels in the surf breaks fringing the Sydney coastline and reads as much high-quality journalism and non-fiction writing as he can. Committed to his role as a niche business reporter, Simon is aware that an overseas posting as a correspondent still eludes him. He hopes Conexus can help him with that career goal too.
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