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How Successful Investment Management Firms Efficiently Deal with Bad Data

How Successful Investment Management Firms Efficiently Deal with Bad Data

The search for alpha has pushed investment management firms into a domain where data reigns supreme. This has made the need for accurate, valid, consistent, relevant, and reliable data (“good data”) more important than ever.   Most successful investment management firms realize that high-quality data plays an integral part in fund management, especially when it comes to minimizing operational risk and maximizing alpha.   Data informs...

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5 Main Reasons Top-Ranking Investment Management Firms Centralized Their Data

5 Main Reasons Top-Ranking Investment Management Firms Centralized Their Data

One way to quickly measure the operational efficiency of an investment management firm is to see how tightly coupled the decision-making process of an investment manager is with a vast amount of data available to the investment management firm. Most investment management firms have access to multiple sources of data, but a lot of that data is not utilized to its full potential, because it is not available during the decision-making process. In...

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Why Leading Investment Management Firms Store Critical Data Outside of MS Excel Workbooks

Why Leading Investment Management Firms Store Critical Data Outside of MS Excel Workbooks

Here's a typical Investment Management Firm Scenario - Operations team wasting valuable time and resources to recreate accidentally deleted Microsoft Excel workbooks or cleaning up data in inconsistent formats   Does this scenario sound familiar? After the close of the trading day, your operations team has been working to reconcile cash and positions with the fund administrator and provide the investment team with the most accurate picture...

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How to Mitigate Frustrations Around Linking Multiple MS Excel Workbooks With Inconsistent Data Formats

How to Mitigate Frustrations Around Linking Multiple MS Excel Workbooks With Inconsistent Data Formats

A Typical Investment Firm Scenario - Inconsistent Data Stored In Multiple MS Excel Workbooks Does this scenario sound familiar to your investment management firm? At the end of a time period (day, week, month), multiple Excel workbooks are linked together to generate another set of summarized workbooks which are then used to prepare numerous financial reports. This entire process is repeated at the end of each period, or as and when a request...

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How Leading Investment Management Firms Get Around MS Excel’s Limited Read-Write Access & Multi-User Editing Shortcomings

How Leading Investment Management Firms Get Around MS Excel’s Limited Read-Write Access & Multi-User Editing Shortcomings

Typical Investment Management Firm Operations Scenario - Managers are unable to limit read-write access to data within Microsoft Excel workbooks With risk mitigation being one of the top concerns for an investment management firm investor, operational risk must be a priority for a successful investment management firm. In most investment management firms, an operations analyst, working with a Microsoft Excel workbook will have access to all of...

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5 Things About Implementing Operations Automation Every Investment Manager Should Know

5 Things About Implementing Operations Automation Every Investment Manager Should Know

Operational efficiency is named as the #1 area of focus for investment managers to apply technology and innovation, according to the EY — 2017 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey. In fact, of all investment managers interviewed, nearly 60% said their organization is investing in or plans to invest in innovative technology solutions to drive operational efficiency. There is little doubt that more investment managers are looking for innovative...

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5 Use Cases On How Investment Management Firms Can Leverage Private Cloud

5 Use Cases On How Investment Management Firms Can Leverage Private Cloud

Investment management firms are looking to cloud computing to improve operational efficiency and reduce information technology infrastructure expenses. Private Cloud provides several advantages for investment management firms. It provides the flexibility and scalability they desire while satisfying their security and regulatory concerns. In addition, when done correctly, the Cloud also increases the speed of deployment of new applications, as...

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Steps Investment Management Firms Should Take to Prevent Cyber Attack on Their Data

Steps Investment Management Firms Should Take to Prevent Cyber Attack on Their Data

Cyberattacks are becoming more commonplace these days. 2017 saw an increase in cyberattack incidents all over the world. In the U.S., Equifax saw one of the largest cyber incidents with personal and financial information of over 143 million customers being stolen in one cyber attack. According to Bloomberg, “Extra spending on security and lawyers in the wake of the hacking helped push third-quarter operating expenses to the highest on record,...

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Investment Manager’s Guide to Choosing the Right Technology Partner

Investment Manager’s Guide to Choosing the Right Technology Partner

Technology is driving huge changes in the financial services industry. In the alternative investment space, according to the Ernst & Young — 2017 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey, in the coming year, 50% of investment managers have plans to implement something innovative with their technology investments, and 40% said that they plan on automating manual processes. With constantly evolving investor demands and regulatory requirements,...

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Secrets of a Successful Chief Technology Officer: #3 — Understand Your Employees

Secrets of a Successful Chief Technology Officer: #3 — Understand Your Employees

One of the most compelling tasks as a Chief Data Officer, or anyone in a management position, is learning how to best work with your employees. You can get any degree, certification, or obtain expertise in a skillset, but it will not prepare you for dealing with others. It will, also, not warn you of how diverse and complex people are, and that they all have specific objectives for their jobs and careers. Getting to know your employees and what...

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