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Direct Access Partners adds Merchant Forecast to Alternative Research Group

Direct Access Partners, a diversified institutional financial services firm, has formed an exclusive partnership with independent research firm Merchant Forecast.

Merchant Forecast will provide coverage of the retail sector as part of the Direct Access Alternative Research Group (ARG).

Merchant Forecast provides actionable investment insight into the retail sector using more than 150 mall-based retailers across the US. This proprietary field team channels information back to the group’s senior analysts, themselves retail industry veterans. The primary research model is designed to give asset managers a definable edge.

“Merchant Forecast has become one of the leading resources for institutional investors in the retail space and we’re excited to be working with them,” says Mike Dolan, managing director of the Alternative Research Group. “The backgrounds of these analysts – all former merchandising managers – combined with the firm’s proprietary field team and detailed, relevant monthly data – is what makes the research so valuable to investment managers.”

ARG’s goal is to generate alpha for institutional investors by providing them with actionable information and content derived from high-quality independent sources. ARG continues to focus on acquisitions of, and exclusive relationships with, highly-differentiated analyst teams across different industry sectors.

“The experience of the sales and trading teams at Direct Access provides an ideal fit for our clients,” says Dan Hess, founder and chief executive of Merchant Forecast. “Our 11-year track record of adding value to investment decisions creates a win-win for us and the Direct Access client base.”

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