Edward has been instrumental in helping us build a very high-quality client base in London from which we have developed close long-term relationships. As the Independent Research sector benefits by regulatory tailwinds, representation by IRF supports our growth strategy.
The team at IRF is invaluable in helping us to find new subscribers. They really understand the investment process and have earned the trust of our clients in common by offering sound advice based on knowledge of the market. Representing a multitude of specialist Providers allows them to access well-qualified Investors whom we might otherwise never meet.
Since starting my own forensic accounting research boutique in 2011, Edward has introduced me to a number of high-quality Institutional Investors. He displays a close understanding of the objectives of Fund Managers, as well as of the capabilities of IRPs to fulfil such requirements. Edward has excellent contacts with Institutional Investors, including Hedge Funds, Family Offices, and Pension Funds.
Edward and his team are a pleasure to work with and in a relatively short period of time have made a meaningful impact in terms of subscriber growth for my business. The meetings he arranges are always with high-quality qualified prospects. I recommend him without reservation.
Ed and his team’s knowledge of the independent research industry is somewhat unparalleled. With that, and their strong buy side industry contacts, the team are adept at matching up independent research products with buyers’ requirements. In addition to strong relationships with traditional equity fund managers, the team at IRF also cover a wide breadth of other sources of buyers of macro research as well, including global macro and global asset allocation funds.
Edward Blad and his IRF team provide a unique ‘one-stop’ shop for independent research, overcoming the challenges of MiFID II and leveraging their deep knowledge of IRPs to solve buy-side problems. IRF’s long experience of the sector means they can more efficiently identify the most appropriate IRPs for each client. They have the widest coverage of macro, long/ short equity, company specific, fixed income, forex and geopolitical research offerings, and IRF can provide both narrative research as well as alternative datasets for quant research
I have known Edward for many years and I have always sbeen deeply impressed by his enthusiasm and diligence. From a business perspective, I have found that IRF has provided the best ‘conversion rate’ from prospect to client of any of his peer group and would recommend him to any IRP (although preferably not to too many of my competitors!)