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Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM

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Case Study: Increased Productivity = Enhanced P&A Results

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Mar 15, 2017 10:42:50 AM

The global asset manager featured in today's customer success story collaborated with BISAM to get support for three key objectives: 1. Multi-asset attribution calculations, 2. Reduce manual processing and operational risks, and 3. Set up a scalable and timely process for performance data calculations and delivery. 

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Topics: Performance & Attribution

Sneak Peek: Sean Murray at the Upcoming FTF Performance Measurement Americas Conference

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Mar 8, 2017 9:25:04 AM

The FTF Performance Measurement Americas conference kicks off this afternoon in New York City, and BISAM is pleased to once again participate alongside our PMAR industry colleagues and customers. Our own Sean Murray, BISAM's Director of Product Strategy, will moderate the closing discussion on Thursday afternoon, and in today's BISAM Insights blog post, he shares a sneak peek of what participants can expect from the panel.

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Topics: Performance & Attribution

MILESTONE: BISAM and FinAnalytica One Year On.

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Mar 2, 2017 2:45:13 PM

It has been one year since BISAM announced its acquisition of FinAnalytica, expanding our best-in-class buy-side offerings to include multi-asset market risk, portfolio construction and investment decision analytics. In reflecting on related discussions with the market over the last 365 days, I was struck by the volume of new and innovative ideas that our thought leaders have delivered to the market - from headline-driven fat-tailed risk analyses to research on the correlations of market turbulence, volatility and liquidity risk.

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Topics: Risk Management

Infographic: Build A Better Portfolio with Cognity

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Feb 15, 2017 8:53:10 AM

Investment professionals - RIAs and Asset Managers alike - must constantly find ways to differentiate and offer deeper level of insight into portfolio construction, including risk and return drivers and trade-offs, volatility, sensitivity analysis, correlations, and other quantitative factors. 

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Topics: Reporting, Risk Management

Case Study: End to End Investment Performance Analysis

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Feb 1, 2017 8:33:23 AM

Today’s blog post summarizes how BISAM collaborated with the performance team and their front office counterparts at a large global insurance firm to deliver a robust performance and attribution platform for complex data management, performance measurement, reporting and multi-asset attribution.  The resulting solution enabled the performance team and portfolio managers to evaluate and enhance their investment strategies, while maintaining high levels of security, transparency, process control and operational scale. 

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Topics: Data Management, Reporting, Performance & Attribution

BISAM Daily Risk Statistics – Post Inauguration Market Observations

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Jan 25, 2017 11:27:57 AM

In their November 2016 post-election analysis, Is the Recent Market Rally Indeed Small Caps Drivenour BISAM Quant team noted that, “despite the media expectations of a swift market crash following the U.S. presidential elections on November 8, 2016, the markets actually continued going up significantly.” Since then, our team has kept an eye on the Cognity Daily Risk Statistics, which visualize Normal vs. Fat-Tail VaR spreads.*  As of today, it would seem that the spreads have remained fairly flat across both the Russell 2000 and S&P 500 - a signal of ongoing optimism in the current market regime.  

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Topics: Daily Risk Statistics, Risk Management

BISAM Implementations - Future State Initiative

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Jan 4, 2017 8:01:55 AM

In 2016, the BISAM Professional Services team launched its Future State Initiative, a project dedicated solely to continuously improving and advancing the implementation process through the development of an implementation toolkit comprised of best practices and frameworks. This initiative has empowered the Professional Services team in their ongoing efforts to steadily reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve consistency of BISAM solution implementations. Following is a summary of the initiative, as outlined by Tamara Palamakumbura. Tamara manages BISAM's UK and Northern European implementation team, and has expertly led the Future State Initiative for BISAM.

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Topics: Support & Implementation

2016 Year in Review: POINT, Brexit, Elections, Oh My!

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Dec 28, 2016 1:01:47 PM

’Tis the season for year-end reflection, so drawing inspiration from last week’s farewell post by Peter Ellis, I asked several of our regular BISAM blog contributors to share what they deemed to be the biggest surprises of 2016, and their predictions and recommendations for 2017. To be sure, Bloomberg’s announced acquisition of Barclays POINT and this year’s geopolitical landscape - from Brexit to multiple global elections - reigned as the biggest surprises of 2016. The impact of these events remains to be seen as we move into 2017, but will undoubtedly increase demand from investors, regulators and internal stakeholders when it comes to portfolio analytics and the need for ever-more innovation in the ways that firms approach, manage and report on performance and risk. To that end, here are some final thoughts for the year from our BISAM Insights team…

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Topics: Market Trends

A Final Word From Peter Ellis, and a Fond Farewell!

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Dec 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A couple of months ago, Peter Ellis, renowned PMAR expert and valued advisor to BISAM, took the decision to retire at the end of this year. Or as he put it, “it’s more of a semi-retirement, as I will continue to advise the industry here and there.” We will miss Peter’s insights and contributions, but we are pleased for him and wish him well on his adventures in retirement. In the following post, Peter reflects on his time at BISAM and the ever-evolving performance and risk industry, and offers words of encouragement for the future. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. And now, here's Peter...

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Topics: Fixed Income Attribution, Market Trends, Performance & Attribution

Roundtable Recap: The Unification of Performance and Risk in Practice

Posted by Erika Alter, Global Head of Commercial Strategy, BISAM on Dec 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

The added value of performance and risk analysis continues to be realized across the value chain, not only by asset managers, but also their clients. As a result, the buy-side is under far more pressure to deliver more and differentiated result sets to their investors, with transparency into the correlation between investment risk and portfolio performance. And while the unification of performance and risk is not a new idea, its practical application is still a work in progress for many firms. So what does integration mean for investment decision-making, risk analysis and performance reporting, and how should firms evolve their systems, processes and teams to adapt?

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Topics: Performance & Attribution, Risk Management