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Hedge Fund Data Management – Focusing on Alpha Generation

March 2, 2012 Comments (0)           

Tweet Hedge Fund Data Management – Background Originally hedge funds were small nimble firms that were highly focused on the task of alpha generation. The industry’s out-sized returns soon attracted attention resulting in huge inflows of capital. For many managers this success also came with much greater operational complexity. Key industry developments like the change in hedge fund investor profile from high-net-worth individuals to institutional investors, the move from the single prime...

Top 5 Wealth Management Technology Challenges Addressed by the Cloud

March 2, 2012 Comments (0)           

TweetAs market data volumes continue to grow exponentially, so too does the burden on wealth managers and financial advisors to identify ways to harness the power of market data and transform it into a meaningful competitive advantage. What’s required is a cohesive market data management strategy that not only simplifies internal operations, but also lays the groundwork for tools that enhance engagement with customers. Introducing the market data cloud Cloud technology available today is...

Top 5 Hedge Fund Technology Challenges All Blown Away by the Cloud

March 2, 2012 Comments (0)           

TweetThe year 2011 proved to be yet another lackluster year for the hedge fund industry. There are any number of possible explanations for why the average hedge fund lost 4.8 per cent including increased volatility, lack of focus, crowded strategies, and regulation. Whatever the precise reason for this continued poor performance, it is likely that the hedge fund industry has only a limited amount of time to get back to the glory years of consistently providing absolute returns, before it risks...

AlphaClone – Investment strategies that mirror the world’s top hedge funds

March 2, 2012 Comments (0)           

Tweet Our Customer Spotlight series showcases the innovative ways our clients are using Xignite’s Cloud APIs to power their applications. AlphaClone is a San Francisco-based investment management firm that enables investors to “follow the smart money” with equity strategies that mirror the world’s top hedge funds. In addition to investment management services, AlphaClone also offers a powerful online research platform that investors can use to analyze stocks and to create and backtest their own...

Top 5 Financial Technology Challenges Addressed by the Cloud

February 24, 2012 Comments (0)           

 

Building financial technology software has become an increasingly complex endeavor with the proliferation of operating systems and the intense demand for financial mobile apps. Financial technology firms are also being driven by rapid changes in the consumer software industry which has resulted in pressure for dramatically shorter development cycles.
Now more than ever financial technology software firms need to focus on what they do best and seek to leave non-core activities to...

Simplifying Market Data Management – How Wealth Managers Can Better Handle the Market Data Explosion

February 22, 2012 Comments (0)           

 

Market data is an integral component to critical wealth management systems across the front-, middle- and back-offices.  From investment research to portfolio reporting, compliance and risk management to online customer portals, market data drives decision-making and provides enhanced transparency.
Managing market data across all of these disparate systems has always been a challenge, but has become increasingly complex in recent years due to the explosive increase in the...

Top 5 Financial Website and App Challenges Addressed by a Cloud-Based Market Data Solution

February 22, 2012 Comments (0)           

The recent economic crisis and subsequent market downturn has spurred a significant number of retail investors to take a more active, hands-on approach to managing their investments. These investors are looking for new self-service financial resources to learn about the markets and to develop their own investing strategies. This trend is a boon for financial website and application developers targeting retail investors.  Financial websites and applications serving this market are in high...

Top 5 Investment Management Technology Challenges Addressed by the Cloud

February 13, 2012 Comments (0)           

 

One of the investment management industry’s most pressing issues is to better manage the ever-increasing deluge of market data. Key to this challenge is quickly and cost efficiently integrating market data into the growing number of end-user applications.
A siloed approach where each department or group maintains its own market data solution is no longer feasible given the redundancies and overhead.  Instead, to optimize transparency and rein in costs, firms must embrace...

Top 5 Broker Dealer Technology Challenges Crushed by the Cloud

February 9, 2012 Comments (0)           

 

Today’s broker dealers face an uncertain future with a highly competitive marketplace, lower trading volumes, and the prospect of dramatically more stringent regulation. In this challenging environment two themes remain constant: 1.) the need to offer superior customer service; and 2.) the need to control costs.
The adoption of an on-demand market data cloud instantly benefits broker dealers because it allows them to focus on what is important by addressing the top broker...

Hedge Fund Data Management – Focusing on Alpha Generation

February 1, 2012 Comments (0)           

 

Hedge Fund Data Management – Background
Originally hedge funds were small nimble firms that were highly focused on the task of alpha generation. The industry’s out-sized returns soon attracted attention resulting in huge inflows of capital. For many managers this success also came with much greater operational complexity. Key industry developments like the change in hedge fund investor profile from high-net-worth individuals to institutional investors, the move from...