Research Account

Gain perspective on Microfinance
and SME Impact investments

Free online information and research services for investors, policy makers, researchers and practitioners specialized in Microfinance and Small Enterprise Impact investments in emerging markets.


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Market Information

+Global Benchmark (SYM50)

The SYM50 is a microfinance institutions’ benchmark compiling 10 key indicators from 50 MFIs, largely composed of second tier institutions, with whom Symbiotics works most frequently. This benchmark is adjusted on a quarterly basis by the Symbiotics Research & Advisory team to reflect Symbiotics’ outstanding investment volumes and geographical allocation.

+Market Rates

The Market Rates is a pricing benchmark for fixed-income microfinance transactions. They are composed of senior unsecured loans to investment grade financial institutions denominated in US-Dollars or Euros with maturities of 12 to 36 months. An underlying sample of more than 153 institutions and more than 5,000 data points, collected since 2005 and updated monthly, provides a comprehensive reference for debt investments in microfinance.


Research Analysis Tools

The fund indexes, institution benchmarks and other market information displayed here are all Symbiotics designed analysis tools, created in-house by our analysts and experts. Symbiotics has one of the oldest track records in microfinance investment analysis dating back to the late 1990s; its indexes and benchmarks have been regularly used as markers by investors, asset managers, financial institutions and practitioners. These, as well as several other research products, are available through the Research Account. Click on the link below to find out more.

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