Financial technology insights and research for hedge funds.

Top 7 Pain Points Experienced by Hedge Fund Excel Users & Proposed Solutions

 April 15, 2019

Most hedge funds extensively use Microsoft Excel as their de facto application because of its ease of use, flexibility, and powerful features, for performing data analytics and reporting. However, there are certain pain points that these users experience. I have written this article based on my experience working with Microsoft Excel users in the hedge fund industry. This article identifies the following 7 pain points experienced by users and the corresponding solution.

How to Prepare Your Hedge Fund for a Cyber Attack

 March 15, 2019

Cyberattacks are becoming more common place these days.

2018 saw an increase in cyber attack 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...

5 Things About Implementing Operations Automation Hedge Fund Managers Should Know

 February 15, 2019

Operational efficiency is named as the #1 area of focus for hedge fund managers to apply technology and innovation, according to the EY - 2017 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey.

In fact, of all hedge fund managers interviewed, nearly 60% said their organization is investing in or plans to invest in innovative technology solutions to drive operational efficiency. ...

How Hedge Funds Can Leverage Private Cloud - 5 Excellent Use Cases

 January 15, 2019

Hedge funds and other alternative investment managers are looking to cloud computing to improve operational efficiency and reduce information technology infrastructure expenses. 

Private Cloud provides several advantages for hedge funds. It provides the flexibility and scalability they desire, while satisfying their security and regulatory concerns. In addition, ...

Top 3 Advantages of Centralizing Data for Hedge Funds

 December 15, 2018

One way to quickly measure the operational efficiency of a hedge fund is to see how tightly coupled the decision-making process of an investment manager is with vast amount of data available to the hedge fund.

Most hedge funds 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 d...

Secrets of a Successful Hedge Fund CTO: #3 - Understand Your Employees

 November 15, 2018

One of the most compelling tasks as a Chief Technology Officer, or anyone in 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 spec...

Secrets of a Successful Hedge Fund CTO: #2 - Be a Master of Prioritization

 October 15, 2018

Defining a technology roadmap for your company is your main task as Chief Technology Officer.

In order to do this, you must determine the priority of ongoing projects and project requests. Factors that help in this process include identifying return on investment (ROI), technology resource allocation, interdisciplinary guidance, and management approval. Once you have...

Secrets of a Successful Hedge Fund CTO: #1 - Be Well Informed

 September 15, 2018

As a Chief Information Officer, it may seem like a daunting task to know the ins and outs of every project your employees are working on. This is not to say you need to know all the details, but you need to know the trajectory of a certain project or the workings of a certain software service being utilized. For example, an employee is working on implementing live chat to your ecommerce website...

Hedge Fund Managers' Guide to Choosing the Right Technology Partner

 August 15, 2018

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 hedge fund managers have p...

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