U.S. Institutional

Understand what’s driving change among defined benefit, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, and investment consultants.

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Practice Detail

Cerulli’s Institutional practice provides comprehensive analysis of the U.S. institutional asset management industry, covering trends in defined benefit, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, healthcare organizations, and investment consultants. Areas of focus include: outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO), use of alternatives, asset allocation trends and risk-factor approaches, request for proposal (RFP) teams, investment vehicle use, investment consulting and other third-party database teams, institutional use of multi-asset-class solutions, and emerging investment strategy trends.

Publications

  • Annual report
  • Cerulli Edge
  • Cerulli Lodestar

Our Experts

Meet the Team

Whether analyzing product fees to determine appropriate pricing models, consolidation opportunities, regional expansion, or service model changes, Cerulli’s Institutional team provides distinct insight to base well-grounded business decisions.

Michele Giuditta, CFA

Michele Giuditta, CFA

Director

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Michele Giuditta, CFA

Michele Giuditta, CFA

Director

Michele is a director of the Institutional practice and leads research for annual reports and strategic consulting engagements. She specializes in environmental, social, and governance investing and outsourced CIO research.

Prior to joining Cerulli Associates, Michele worked at Cambridge Associates as an Associate Director in the Client Relationship Management Group. Additionally, she worked at Manulife Asset Management in the Institutional Investment Sales & Services Group, and held roles in Product Management and Client Relationship Management. She began her career as an analyst in the Investment Policy & Research Group at John Hancock.

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Laura Levesque, CFA

Laura Levesque, CFA

Associate Director

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Laura Levesque, CFA

Laura Levesque, CFA

Associate Director

Laura has over 15 years of institutional investment management industry experience. She is a member of the Institutional practice, where she leads research for two annual reports. Her focuses are institutional investment solutions including OCIO, and sales and services models. Her experience and knowledge of the institutional asset management space provide a directional framework to ongoing consulting projects. She also regularly contributes to The Cerulli Edge series.

Prior to joining Cerulli Associates, Laura held equity research, product, and analytics roles at Columbia Threadneedle and MFS Investment Management. She is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Society Boston.

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Robert Nelson, CFA

Robert Nelson, CFA

Director

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Robert Nelson, CFA

Robert Nelson, CFA

Director

Bob drives the research and consulting efforts within Cerulli’s Institutional Asset Management practice, with a focus on insurance general accounts as well as corporate defined benefit (DB) plan research.

Prior to joining Cerulli Associates, Bob worked at Acadian Asset Management, where he led the firm’s Investment Writing group. In this role, he oversaw the firm’s Client Communications and RFP teams and was also responsible for helping disseminate the firm’s thought leadership. Bob started his career at Thomson Reuters, where he worked as a fixed-income market analyst and managed the firm’s municipal bond products.

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Christopher Swansey

Christopher Swansey

Research Analyst

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Christopher Swansey

Christopher Swansey

Research Analyst

Christopher is a research analyst on the Institutional team where he supports multiple reports annually, including the annual outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) report, and various strategic consulting projects throughout the year. He also regularly contributes to The Cerulli Edge—Institutional Edition, The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Edition, and The Cerulli Edge—U.S. Monthly Product Trends.

Christopher was a Senior Analyst at Mercer working within their executive compensation practice before joining Cerulli in 2018.

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James Tamposi, CFA

James Tamposi, CFA

Senior Analyst

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James Tamposi, CFA

James Tamposi, CFA

Senior Analyst

James (Jack) is the lead author of Cerulli’s North American Institutional Markets report and sets the agenda for Cerulli’s periodical Institutional Edge publication. Jack has led U.S. market entry strategy and U.S. institutional pricing optimization projects, supporting both foreign and domestic asset managers. During his time at Cerulli, he has contributed to reports across Cerulli’s suite of institutional research, focusing on topics such as insurance general accounts, outsourced chief investment officers, alternative investments, and U.S. subadvisory.

Prior to joining Cerulli, Jack worked as a Research Associate for Chatham Partners.

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Daniel Uquillas

Daniel Uquillas

Senior Analyst

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Daniel Uquillas

Daniel Uquillas

Senior Analyst

Daniel joined Cerulli Associates in 2019 and is a member of both the Retirement and Institutional practices. He leads and supports consulting engagements with asset managers in the areas of strategy, operations, and marketing. He also contributes to several annual reports and The Cerulli Edge series.

Before joining Cerulli Associates, Daniel was an Investment Manager at MedStar Health from 2017 to 2019. In this role, he managed asset allocation, manager selection, and portfolio analytics for three investment pools totaling $2.7 billion. From 2014 to 2017, he was an Investment Analyst on the Global Equity team at Strategic Investment Group, an outsourced chief investment officer.

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