Bringing together all you need to know, about outsourced CIO

OCIO basics

What is OCIO?

OCIO stands for Outsourced Chief Investment Officer—the delegation of some, or all of the day-to-day management of your portfolio. You maintain control over the decisions that matter most to you (such as your strategic asset allocation) and draw upon the resources of your OCIO partner to manage day-to-day operations.


Deepen your resources.

Outsourcing your investments will add depth and continuity, allowing you to focus on the decisions most critical to your organization.

Respond more rapidly in a crisis.

An OCIO partnership ensures your portfolio is monitored around the clock and can respond rapidly in a crisis.

Lower your investment costs.

An OCIO provider can use their scale, leveraging in-house capabilities at cost and negotiating more competitive sub-manager rates.

Improve access to the best ideas

The right partner can significantly broaden the range of investable opportunities, robustly assessing, and providing access to, a much deeper pool of opportunities.

Improve alignment – The ESG Roadmap

Whether you're driven by personal or stakeholder values, mitigating risk or complying with regulation, ESG factors are a key consideration for many investors. Yet, as with many areas of investing, it's complicated. An investment partner can help.

Private Markets - Leveraging its power

The private markets category can be a powerful investment tool for overcoming low returns. But it demands greater levels of risk management and potentially large capital requirements, challenges an outsourcing partner can help you address.

Enhanced implementation capabilities – Execution is key

A skilled OCIO provider will be able to incorporate critical risk management functions, such as overlays and transition management, on an internal basis with a single point of accountability.


The ESG journey accelerates

Our annual ESG manager survey, now in its eighth year, assesses the integration of ESG considerations in investment processes among equity, fixed income and private markets managers.


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Top 3 concerns when transitioning to an OCIO partnership.

"I'll lose control of my investment program"

The reality is far removed. Each outsourcing partnership is based on the unique resourcing needs of the organization. Fiduciary responsibility cannot be delegated; however, we can help you determine the right level of resourcing for your organization. The ultimate authority remains with you.

"Outsourcing hides fee layering"

Fee standardization remains an elusive goal for the industry, and hidden or additional fees can be an issue with some providers. The best practice remains full fee transparency, particularly around the remuneration to third parties, with a simple "all-in" or "cost-plus" fee based on the scale of assets managed.

"Strategies are over-diversified"

Portfolios can be over-diversified, with additional inclusions reducing return potential without reducing risk. Best practice providers have the toolset to accurately assess this dynamic alongside a broader array of opportunities to fine-tune, both in diversification and alignment to the investors' unique risk appetite.

Considering an outsourced investment approach

What to look for in a provider.

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Integrated, holistic risk management

Accurate, timely and comprehensive visibility of risks at the total portfolio level forms the foundation for virtually all basic risk and portfolio management activities. Yet, with the complexity embedded in today’s portfolios, across public and private assets, integrated holistic visibility is surprising uncommon.

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Organizational focus and capability

Maintaining the full suite of capabilities required for any outsourcing solution requires significant commitment, scale and resources. Organizations with competing priorities, little leadership focus or lacking fully integrated capabilities will find it challenging to sustain a competitive edge.

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Industry specific experience

A partner lacking a well-grounded understanding of your industry will ultimately draw on your time to get up to speed (at your expense). In contrast, an industry specialist will be able to provide additional insight, and support, based on their experience guiding organizations with similar challenges.

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The human element

Although very difficult to quantify, the relationship between your organization and your outsourcing provider is of critical importance. The best partners will act as a seamless extension of your team, with aligned objectives and a cohesive approach.


Tools and practical advice to help determine the right investment outsourcing model for your organization.


Our Request For Proposal Builder helps to ensure you ask the right questions when searching for the ideal partner.


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