The Association of Professional Fund Investors, APFI, has rolled out additional services for members over the past month, which it is seeking to make fund selectors aware of, as part of a strategy that includes establishing industry standards of professional capabilities.
The additions being highlighted include:
- New networking tools - a 'Members Only Forum' has been launched for those logged into the Association website; initial topics highlighted include Tools for Allocators, Manager Reference Checks and Co-Investments; APFI says it has budget to make continous improvement to support communication between members in this area.
- APFI accreditation - Those with at least three years of professional fund selection experience and already in possession of the CFA, CAIA, CIPM or CIMA are eligible to apply to become an "Accredited Professional Fund Investor" and use the APFI designation; APFI is urging applicants to email in information that can verify/confirm the designations; there is no cost associated with the accreditation.
- Discounts - APFI is working on introducing discounts to seminars on ESG, geopolitics and other topics for members.
- Events - A list of APFI supported events is available via the website at https://profundinvestors.org/apfi-news/; the Association is seeking to faciliate speaking opportunities for members at industry conferences, such as the FundForum Global ESG & Impact, Nov. 12-13, Amsterdam; APFI members can attend APFI supported events for free.
Besides the addition of online tools, accreditation, discounts and access to events, the Association continues to encourage fund selectors to join up in order to create a voice for the buys side professional community.
Adam Choppin, chairman of the Board, APFI (pictured), said: "We are all ears. Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions or thoughts you might have. The APFI exists solely to serve you."