RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP WITH STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Through a partnership with Stanford SPARQ, Illumen Capital combines best in class research with best in class investment knowledge. We work with world’s leading social psychologists on understanding implicit bias, and designing real-world, applicable tools designed to reduce it.
The partnership’s aim is to apply research to understand where bias is most prevalent in the asset allocation process. We then use these data-driven insights to help our fund managers address these blindspots and invest in underestimated women and people of color.
Illumen Capital sees our impact in terms of systems change. That’s why we’ve created a research arm dedicated to providing insights that enable managers to deliver higher returns and even greater impact.
BIAS IN INVESTING
Illumen Capital's research, curriculum and coaching help investors become aware of their own implicit biases so they can make better investment decisions and generate more impact and financial value in the process.
Race influences professional investors’ financial judgments co-authored by Illumen Capital and Stanford SPARQ: peer reviewed and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The study examined differences in judgment when all details about a fund’s track record and qualifications were kept constant except race.The results suggest first that underrepresentation of Black managers in the realm of investing is not only a pipeline problem, and second, that funds led by Black men might paradoxically face the most barriers to advancement after they have established themselves as strong performers.
Illumen Capital employs an impact management and measurement framework designed to understand the qualitative and quantitative progress our fund managers make in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.