Investment research is an integral part of the asset management industry. Having up to date, reliable, good quality company and economic research that is both relevant and thorough can help expand and deepen the pool of opportunities to invest in. This is particularly important for the growth of small to mid-sized companies which can suffer critical investment due to lack of research.

The new regulatory focus on cost transparency in the investment research sector and changing economic landscape is beginning to see a shift towards providers highlighting research solutions that are more relevant and aligned to customers' needs.

The inaugural Investment Research Awards are designed to celebrate that shift towards services that offer innovation, engagement, clarity and transparency.

The deadline for entering the awards is 8th June 2016. The awards ceremony will take place on 4th October 2016 at a dinner in London.

Why enter?
With more cost transparency in the sector, firms need a platform to highlight their expertise and the services they have to offer. The awards are a way to differentiate investment research services in a way that is more aligned with regulatory and economic changes now taking place.

How to Enter?
Entry is via the online entry system. Simply register your details and click on the award you wish to enter. You can enter more than one award. You will be asked a few short questions and required to submit a case study that highlights your suitability. To be eligible, firms must be based or have an office in the UK.

Nominations will also be possible online. Nominations are open to clients as well as those working in the industry.

Who should enter?
Firms that offer research on companies, industries, the global economy and geographical regions. This includes investment research firms, investment banks, stockbrokers, stock exchanges, analytical firms, in-house asset management research departments.

Awards 2016
Best Equity Research
Best Industry Research
Best Country Research
Best Economic Research
Best Fixed Income Research
Best SRI research
Best Independent Research Service
Best Fund Ratings and Research Service
Best Investment Trust Research
Best ETF Research
Best Research Blog
Best Investment Research Site