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Multi Asset: Global

Private Markets & Alternatives

BCA Research’s Private Markets & Alternatives service provides empirical analysis and practitioner advice across the most opaque of all asset classes to improve clients’ portfolio construction and management decisions.

Our competitive advantage

  • Runs comprehensive and unbiased data analysis and establishes forward-looking expectations across the entire spectrum of private markets & alternatives — Private Equity, Private Credit, Hedge Funds and Real Estate.

  • Provides prescriptive, actionable advice from a practitioner’s perspective. “Where should the marginal dollar go?”

  • Offers outlooks and projections for each sub-asset class and asset class through the combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis.

  • Weighs opportunity costs within and across asset classes to provide a holistic assessment to portfolio managers.

“Our approach to private markets and alternatives is unbiased, comprehensive, predictive and portfolio management-focused. We understand how heterogeneous these markets are and how important it is to distill and provide analysis from a practitioner standpoint.”

Brian Payne Chief Strategist,

Private Markets & Alternatives


  • Geographies: North America, Europe, Asia, Rest of World

  • Private Equity: Venture Capital, Buyout, Growth Equity
    Stage: Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage
    Size: Mega, Large, Mid, Small
    Theme: Financial Services, Cyclical, Healthcare, Intangible Assets, Emerging Markets, Multi-Business, User- & Subscriber-Based

  • Private Credit: Senior, Mezzanine, Distressed & Special Situations
    Size: Upper, Middle, Lower Markets
    Strategy: Direct Lending, Asset-Based Lending, Specialty Finance, Infrastructure Lending, Niche Strategies

  • Hedge Funds: Directional/Equity-replacements, Diversifier/Absolute Return/FI-replacements, Hedge/Downside-focused
    Strategy: Long-Short Equity, Activists, Event Driven, Market Neutral, Macro, Relative Value, Quant, Multi-Strategies, CTAs, Alt Risk Premia, Long Vol, Tail Risk

  • Real Estate: Core/Core+, Value Added, Opportunistic
    Sector: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Office, Retail, Special Purpose, Real Assets, Infrastructure
    Quality: A, B, C

Challenge your investment conviction with insights from Private Markets & Alternatives


  • Quarterly and Special Reports: Unconstrained, extensive, unbiased data analyses and outlooks, with actionable portfolio management advice

  • Webcasts and Podcasts: Topical sessions that cover the opportunity set

  • 1:1 Client Meetings and Calls: Interactive sessions with the Chief Strategist

  • Annual CMA/CAPM outputs and potentially bespoke modeling

Private Markets & Alternatives

Brian Payne

Chief Strategist

Brian is BCA Research’s Chief Strategist, Private Markets & Alternatives. Prior to BCA Research, he was an Investment Officer of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois, where he restructured and oversaw a $5+ billion multi-asset portfolio consisting of hedge funds, private investments, and opportunistic strategies. Prior to Illinois, he was a buy-side researcher and trader at Potomac River Capital. Brian began his career in wealth management, where he researched and advised RIAs on alternative investments and asset allocation. He has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He is also a CFA and CAIA charter holder.

Brian Payne
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