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One of the defining factors in the selection of a portfolio management system is it enables a manager to set and meet performance goals, while also staying within investment compliance and portfolio-modeling guidelines. Doing this effectively requires seeing where your investment management policies either succeed or fall short of expectations. IMS’ performance-measurement tools allow for quick response to changing market conditions so that intended goals are met swiftly. IMS addresses performance measurement in the following ways:

Fully GIPS Compliant

IMS can help you maintain full GIPS compliance. Many return analytics are readily available, including Time Weighted (Modified Dietz) Rate of Return, IRR (Internal Rate of Return) plus others. Returns can be calculated either net or gross of fees, using trade-date or settlement-date accounting, with and without accrued receivables and payables, and with or without cash.

Performance Measurement Software

Performance measurement tools that support reporting and decision making include:

  • Many price sensitivity, yield, and return measures are available.
  • Performance and analytics reported over any period or periodicity.
  • Asset allocations and contribution returns broken out by country, currency, sector, sub-sector, asset type, portfolios or any desired group.
  • Use integrated analytics such as Sharpe, Sortino, std. deviation, beta, yield, duration, convexity, Rsquared when evaluating investments.
  • Portfolio contribution and attribution.
  • Group portfolios into composites and track performance over time.
  • Calculate returns by composite.
  • Risk analysis.
  • Blended rate comparison.
  • Track historical ratings of issues and issuers over time and use them when evaluating risk.
  • Income and gain recognition (with various costing alternatives).
  • Various ways to value your positions, including mark-to-market. With private placements, mark-to-market assets by discounting cash flows at the appropriate rates from a yield curve.


Analyze your positions in many different ways and control how analytics work. IMS supports the contribution to overall returns—perhaps the most common form of attribution—as well as multi-currency attribution. Compute returns in various currencies. Perform asset allocation using unlimited categories.

  • Incorporates advanced analytics such as total return, projected cash flows, stressing a position/portfolio, and pricing.
  • Contribution and Attribution analysis(instrument, sector, portfolio, others).

Yield Curve Analysis

Integrated yield-curve analysis allows portfolio managers to analyze a position and/or portfolio in relation to various yield curves. With IMS, performing yield-curve analysis is simplified because portfolio data does not need to be offloaded onto a third party system; the required yield curve data need only be brought into the system from an external source. Users can perform various spread and valuation analysis. Users can maintain many yield curves by specifying different spreads (parallel or non-parallel) from the original yield curve.

Other Applications

The following applications are designed to work hand-in-hand with Performance Measurement:

"Performance Measurement" is part of the Isis IMS line of products, developed by Isis Financial Systems.