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Embracing the cloud in asset management

Cloud-based tools for coping with the peak demands of AI and machine learning are transforming the financial services industry. Elsen founder Zac Sheffer highlights the benefits of embracing the cloud in asset management, including for operational efficiency.

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Elsen’s Back on the Podium at the MassTLC Awards

The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, or MassTLC, is the largest technology association in New England, representing all of the companies that have given the region such a sterling reputation for tech and innovation.

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Multi-factor funds: A profitable strategy?

Elsen CEO Zac Sheffer has authored a guest blog post for Refinitiv on the trend of financial firms moving towards multi-factor funds.

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MassChallenge FinTech Finale Preview

Elsen is thrilled to partake in the FinTech Finale of MassChallenge’s 2019 FinTech program.

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Global Fintech Report Q1 2019 by CB Insights Shows VC-Backed Fintech Deals Remain Strong Amid Industry’s Global Growth

CB Insights, a tech market intelligence platform that analyzes funding and other data in the startup world and beyond, released its Global Fintech Report Q1 2019. The report offers a data-driven look at the global fintech landscape in the first quarter of this year – including investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity.

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Morgan Stanley Summit Gives a 360 Degree View of FinTech

Last week we had the pleasure of participating in Morgan Stanley’s third annual FinTech Summit. This invite-only event provided a unique opportunity to share Elsen’s platform with senior tech and business leaders from the firm, while also getting a peek into other areas of innovation within the fintech ecosystem

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Fresh AIR – Alpha Innovation Required – in NYC

Earlier this month, Elsen had the pleasure of being invited to participate in the AIR Summit in New York City, and it was one of the best and most productive FinTech events we’ve ever experienced. The AIR Summit – short for “Alpha Innovation Required” – brings together pioneering startups and proven leaders in the investment world for two days of meaningful connections and conversations. The event was formed in 2014 to facilitate discussions around trends and challenges facing the institutional investment management industry – particularly active investors.

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Traders Who Code, Or Coders Who Trade?

Wall Street is obsessed with the increasing role that computer programmers are playing in securities trading. And for good reason, there’s no question that data-driven strategies will consume the investment industry in the years to come. Data will be the backbone of differentiated strategies that drive success.

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Getting Out Of The Startup Bubble At EY’s Accelerating Entrepreneurs Event

It doesn’t matter what industry or country you’re in, or what stage you’re at in your startup journey. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life are facing similar challenges, and there’s a lot we can learn from each other.

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Quantamental investing: The best of both worlds

Elsen CEO Zac Sheffer has authored a guest blog post for Thomson Reuters on the rise of quantamental investing.

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The Big Secret Behind Tech Disruption in Financial Services

The automatic teller machine was the pinnacle of innovation in banking and financial services back in the 70s and 80s. When you consider how far we’ve come, that seems like a distant memory. But even a decade ago, it was hard for people to imagine that we could check balances, pay bills, transfer money and even deposit checks with tiny phones that everyone carries everywhere. Technology has certainly propelled the financial services industry a long way in a short period of time – but that’s only half the story.

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Could Quants Worsen the Next Financial Crisis?

Investors keep pouring money into quant funds, which hit a record $500 billion in assets last year, and this shift shows no signs of slowing down. Over the past seven years, quant funds attracted 29 percent of total inflows despite only accounting for 17 percent of hedge fund assets under management.

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Elsen Wins Innovation & Technology Award

Elsen is kicking off the summer and heading into the holiday weekend on a high note – with an award for best tech innovation of the year!

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The impact of AI on hedge funds and asset managers

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is one of the most talked about concepts in the tech world today. From retail, to energy, to finance and beyond, AI is finding application in just about every industry. Recently, hedge funds and asset managers have started seriously investigating the AI craze and experimenting with the technology. The early results have been very interesting to see.

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The rise of the quantamental investor

For decades, asset managers and their analysts/PMs tended to sort themselves into one of two camps – fundamental and quantitative. Over the last few years, however, a new type of analytical approach to evaluating securities and other financial assets has gained traction. It’s known as the “quantamental” approach, and it’s already redefining how hedge funds and other asset managers manage their portfolios.

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AI: What is it really and what does it mean for CMOs?

Elsen CEO Zac Sheffer wrote a guest post on what CMOs need to know about AI for The CMO Club blog.

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