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Chapter 5: Technology considerations

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:44

Cloud technology - The scale of a manager's IT infrastructure will largely depend on the type of trading strategy. A quantitative market neutral statistical arbitrage fund is likely going to spend more capital on front-office portfolio management, risk management systems and server storage capabilities than a specialist credit strategy that trades infrequently.  »

Dean Hill

For start-ups: Four pillars of cyber security defence

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:38

By Dean Hill, Executive Director, Eze Castle Integration - There is no shortage of threats to financial services firms, and the list of requirements from investors and regulators alike is growing at a rapid pace. As a startup, it's important to demonstrate to investors that you take your business seriously, hence, investments in operational excellence are required. On the cybersecurity front, that means leveraging technology infrastructure with robust, security-rich features including intrusion detection and ongoing traffic monitoring, regular vulnerability assessments and next-generation software, firewalls and patches to keep hackers out and firm assets secure. »

Bob Guilbert

Grading your cloud provider: four critical criteria

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 13:08

By Bob Guilbert – You're a new fund manager, and somewhere on your task list the letters "IT" are probably followed by a question mark. Odds are, you don't have a technology background, so as your firm's Chief Operating/Financial/Compliance Officer (or in some cases, Portfolio Manager), the sudden responsibility you've undertaken as your firm's de facto IT Manager is intimidating at best.  »


Chapter 4: Technology considerations

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 13:05

Cloud technology – The scale of a manager's IT infrastructure will largely depend on the type of trading strategy. A quantitative market neutral statistical arbitrage fund is likely going to spend more capital on front-office portfolio management, risk management systems and server storage capabilities than a specialist credit strategy that trades infrequently.  »

Arle Capital Partners completes the Initial Public Offering of Technogym

Fri, 29/04/2016 - 11:10

The Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) of ordinary shares of Technogym, a world leading supplier of technology and design-driven products and services in the Wellness and Fitness industry, yesterday completed  for a listing on the Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA), organised and managed by the Borsa Italiana SpA.  »

RegTech companies are boosting Ireland’s technology ecosystem

RegTech companies are boosting Ireland’s technology ecosystem

Fri, 22/04/2016 - 09:51

Regulatory technology, or ‘RegTech’ as it is known, is building momentum in Ireland as the country looks to embrace the Financial Technology revolution.  »

Jason Gabbard

Counselytics launches fund of funds AI technology

Mon, 28/03/2016 - 12:50

Counselytics has deployed its  AI technology in the alternatives investment space. Using machine learning technology, Counselytics is aimed at providing a fast, economical and automated process to find and analyse limited partnership agreements wherever they reside.  »

ProTrak International releases CRM 11.0 software

ProTrak International releases CRM 11.0 software

Fri, 18/03/2016 - 09:11

ProTrak International has released a major upgrade to its CRM platform for investment managers, hedge funds and private equity firms, Release 11.0. »

Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) to operate tech incubator under Israel's national incubator program

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 09:20

Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) has been chosen by Israel's National Innovation Authority (Office of the Chief Scientist) to operate a Jerusalem-based technological incubator.  »

Private equity investment in tech hits four-year high

Tue, 08/03/2016 - 16:22

Investment in UK technology companies by private equity firms has reached its highest level since 2012, totalling GBP1.93 billion in 2015, according to international investment bank Altium. »

CVC Capital Partners closes on USD1bn for tech-focused growth fund

Wed, 24/02/2016 - 10:26

CVC Capital Partners (CVC) has held the the final closing of CVC Growth Partners, a new fund dedicated to investing in high-growth, middle-market companies in the software and technology-enabled business services sectors. »

James Willaims, Hedgeweek

Man & machine: Building a knowledge platform to develop predictive prowess in asset management

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 12:38

Big changes are afoot across a broad spectrum of the financial services industry. For example, in the wealth management and investment advisory space, thanks to huge technological developments in recent years, traditional wealth managers have a new competitor to face; the robo adviser, which sounds exciting but it is less the Terminator and more machine learning software, using algorithms to learn investor behaviour and automatically invest into portfolios based on clients' goals and risk threshold.  »

Vector Capital combines Freedom Scientific and Optelec

Tue, 17/11/2015 - 10:04

Vector Capital has combined portfolio companies Freedom Scientific and Optelec to create the world's largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. »

 Black Mountain targets ’40 Act, private equity and hedge funds with Direct Lending Solutions Via SaaS

Black Mountain targets ’40 Act, private equity and hedge funds with Direct Lending Solutions Via SaaS

Tue, 03/11/2015 - 15:41

Black Mountain’s Direct Lending Solutions are now offered via Software as a Service (SaaS). The firm’s clients include investment managers, credit funds, hedge funds, private equity firms, direct lenders and banks. »

Dragon Capital and Standard Chartered sponsor launch of FinTech Club in Vietnam

Dragon Capital and Standard Chartered sponsor launch of FinTech Club in Vietnam

Wed, 14/10/2015 - 15:20

Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam and Dragon Capital have jointly hosted the inaugural meeting of the Vietnam FinTech Club in Ho Chi Minh City. »

Buddy Doyle, Oyster Consulting

SEC could start issuing more exam fines for poor cybersecurity controls

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 09:41

The saying goes that ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ but when it comes to staying cyber secure, nothing could be further from the truth. Fact is, investment managers should be integrating cybersecurity issues, be they regulatory updates, software updates from their IT vendors, into their weekly meetings.  »

Richard Anstey, Intralinks

Social media a potential cybersecurity weak link for hedge fund managers

Tue, 06/10/2015 - 08:55

Over the last 12 months there has been enormous media coverage of cybersecurity, and seemingly endless headlines. Anyone could be forgiven for thinking the end of the world was nigh.  »

Arthur J Gallagher enhances IMI Pro

Arthur J Gallagher enhances IMI Pro

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 14:37

Arthur J Gallagher has enhanced its liability and crime insurance solution for investment managers IMI Pro to provide its broadest cover yet. »

Thomas Deinet, HFSB

Hedge Fund Standards Board to unveil cybersecurity memorandum

Thu, 10/09/2015 - 11:49

Cybersecurity has become a focus of the hedge fund industry lately and regulators are taking an increasing interest in assessing the resilience of firms to cyber attacks. The problem that hedge fund managers face, when starting to do such an assessment, is trying to find the right level of response; no easy task given the plethora of reports, commentaries on this subject. »

AlternativeSoft releases v3.5 of buy-side fund analysis software

AlternativeSoft releases v3.5 of buy-side fund analysis software

Wed, 02/09/2015 - 07:36

AlternativeSoft, a provider of buy-side analytics for manager research and portfolio construction in the alternatives and long only markets has announced AlternativeSoft v3.5. »

What the coming tech crash could look like

What the coming tech crash could look like

Wed, 19/08/2015 - 14:25

Fifteen years after the dotcom collapse we see another tech crash approaching. ‘Bubble’ and ‘unicorn’ are entering the mainstream vernacular. We are becoming comfortably numb with tech company overvaluations, says Victor Basta, managing partner at Magister Advisors… »

Richard Ansyet, Intralinks

Information Rights Management allows hedge fund managers to better control data flow

Tue, 04/08/2015 - 13:50

Over the last 10 years, organisations have undergone a wholesale change in the way they run their businesses. Thanks to cloud-based platforms, wireless Internet, and the proliferation of desktop and mobile device applications, the perimeter of most businesses has moved beyond the four walls of their office. This has revolutionised the way people work: no longer tied to their desks they can be equally as effective aboard an aircraft or sitting next to the beach on vacation.  »

Joseph Henkel, SEI

Big data: How data warehouses are streamlining bespoke LP reporting for PE managers

Wed, 15/07/2015 - 13:05

To help overcome the increased reporting burden faced by private equity managers, SEI has developed an automated end-client reporting capability. It comes at a time when global PE firms are having to adapt to regulation in the form of AIFMD and Annex IV reporting, not to mention a desire by LPs to derive greater transparency from their PE allocations.  »

Rich Lawson

HGGC backs marketing automation software specialist Selligent

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 07:35

Private equity firm HGGC has completed the equity recapitalisation of Selligent SA, a Belgium-based B2C marketing automation software provider.   »

Ken MacCuish, Intralinks

What hedge fund CISOs need to consider when appointing a SaaS provider

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 15:51

A couple of years ago, the title Chief Information Security Officer, or CISO for short, was a foreign concept within the hedge fund community. The winds have changed, however, as hedge funds become increasingly targeted by cyber hackers, causing many to hire a CISO to uphold the network integrity of the firm.  »

Beverly Chandler

Study finds private equity faces fee pressure as it expands and grows

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 11:22

A survey of general and limited partners conducted by SunGard and Longitude Research has found that the private equity industry has good opportunities to grow and expand its reach, but its leaders predict mounting pressure on fees, costs and the amount of information provided. »

Striking the balance

Hedge fund managers striking the balance between cybersecurity protection and cost

Sat, 20/06/2015 - 11:39

As the costs of doing business have increased, more and more hedge fund managers are adopting the cloud; this has revolutionised the way all businesses operate, not just hedge funds.  »

Lena Ng, Intralinks

Cybersecurity: A global legal perspective

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 11:22

On Wednesday 22 April, the House of Representatives passed a new cybersecurity bill – the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA) – to allow file sharing between government intelligence agencies and private companies and raise the overall awareness of hacking.  »

Locked door

Lock up the front door: cybersecurity perspectives of FoHF managers

Fri, 05/06/2015 - 10:43

Cybersecurity issues have existed as long as the internet. What seems to have changed in the last 18 months is not only that the nature of the breaches has become more sophisticated, but also the fact that hedge funds have become a much bigger target.  »

digital world

Custom House Fund Services enhances Gateway portal for US market 

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 09:00

Custom House Fund Services, a provider of financial services to the alternative investment sector, is to release significant enhancements to its Gateway technology platform over the next few months.  »

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