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Transparency In Cost And Performance Benchmarking

ClearGlass supports the Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) and Cost Transparency Standard (CTS) data collection frameworks to provide Value for Money analytics

ClearGlass is an independent data analytics company that helps Institutional Asset Owners and their Advisors to assess the Value for Money delivered by Asset Managers.

The UK's Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) and the Republic of Ireland's Cost Transparency Standard (CTS) are data collection frameworks supported by ClearGlass that provide institutional asset owners and their advisors with cost and performance benchmarking reports that enable them to assess the Value for Money (VfM) delivered by asset managers. It enables asset managers to understand whether they are delivering competitive outcomes and value for money for clients.


ClearGlass has supported over 850 asset owners in the United Kingdom with assets under management (AuM) in excess of £1.3 trillion, providing cost collection and benchmarking analytics for asset owners in 46 investment strategies. This is now being introduced across the EMEA region starting in the Republic of Ireland, Iceland and South Africa with plans to expand throughout EMEA.

In addition, ClearGlass has worked with over 530 asset managers to obtain and verify CTI data on behalf of their clients. ClearGlass provides Market Positioning Reports to asset managers which enables them to understand their competitive position in an investment strategy and to determine optimal market positioning and pricing.

Cost Transparency for Advisors

Data Collection & Cost Reporting

The CTI and CTS collection frameworks, supported by ClearGlass, ensure asset owners are able to obtain and compare all of the fees they incur for every portfolio they hold.


ClearGlass works with investment advisors to collect CTI and CTS templates from asset managers employed by the asset owners they work with. The data is then cleaned, checked and verified by the ClearGlass internal QC team before being provided to the advisor to share with the asset owner.

ClearGlass can provide insights on trends or areas that require further investigation across an advisors suite of clients as soon as the data is collected. This data can be used by advisors to retain and support asset owners.

In addition, the ClearPass standard is a framework that measures the quality, speed and transparency of data delivered by asset managers to their asset owner clients through the ClearGlass platform. This can be used to show the range of outcomes to an advisor.

Value for Money

ClearGlass is able to benchmark a scheme’s costs and its performance, evaluating whether the managers that a scheme works with are delivering good Value for Money (VfM).

VfM Reports are generated mandate by mandate to create a simple, single sheet report that gives a scheme an indication of where the manager sits in relation to the portfolios of other managers within ClearGlass’s benchmarking universe.

These reports are compliant with the Value Assessment and Consumer Duty regulations in the United Kingdom, as well as the IORP II Directive Critical Review in the European Union.

ClearGlass can work with advisors to understand the range of outcomes their clients receive. Research shows there can be a range of outcomes for the same investment strategy.

Detailed Benchmarking

Detailed benchmarking looks at all costs in a portfolio and benchmarks them to give asset owners a comparative view of their investments against the market. This shows where the outcomes are strong and where there are opportunities.

It is based on investment strategy, the portfolio size, and whether the portfolio is a pooled or segregated mandate. Close attention is paid to all of these factors to ensure like-for-like comparisons.

Benchmarking is available for 46 strategies across public markets, private markets and LDI portfolios.


In addition to bespoke benchmarks, ClearGlass can work with manager selection teams at an advisory to look at opportunities across all the clients they have and all the managers they work with.

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ClearGlass provides benchmarking analytics to asset owners, investment advisors and asset managers that enables them to assess the Value for Money (VfM) of their investments. To learn more, please request a call with one of our team.

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