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About Paul Rowady

Paul Rowady is the Director of Research for Alphacution Research Conservatory, the first digitally-oriented research and strategic advisory platform uniquely focused on modeling and benchmarking techno-operational dynamics, and the business impacts of those decisions, in and for the global financial services (FSI) ecosystem. He is a 30-year veteran of the proprietary, quantitative / automated and derivatives trading arenas with specific expertise in strategy research / implementation, risk management, and technology development. Contact: feedback@alphacution.com; Follow: @alphacution.

#Hedgefunds: Is the Capacity of Alpha Unlimited?

Like the financial markets equivalent of "dude", or "bro" or the many satisfying derivations of "F**K," the term "alpha" seems to pepper our market discourse in a way that has few peers. Rightly or wrongly, there isn't an investment or trading context into which it is not shoehorned. We hear it everywhere, at all times, and in numerous forms: Achieving alpha... Delivering alpha... Portable alpha... (A strategy that had its heyday around 2006 and has recently tried to make a comeback.) Tainted alpha... (Not gonna go there right now.) And, my personal favorite (for its level of misguidedness), generating alpha... There are conferences named after it, like the CNBC and Institutional Investor ANNUAL Delivering Alpha Conference, now apparently in its 8th year. And, of course, some of the most brilliant and creative companies of all time have been named after it! - and, I'm not necessarily talking about firms like Visible Alpha or AlphaSense or the defunct quant strategy development platform, Alphacet... To be fair, the list of common usages [...]

By | 2018-09-23T22:12:39+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|Alphacution Feed|

Alphacution Podcast Series Ep4 – Technology for Financial Services: Hyped vs. Overhyped

Many thanks to Clare Rhodes, Managing Director, Articulate Communications for hosting this podcast series. Here is a link to Episode 4 of the series - Technology for Financial Services: Hyped vs. Overhyped (September 19, 2018) where the podcast series was originally published.  

By | 2018-09-20T12:04:14+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|Press|

α < ∞ ?

Like the financial markets equivalent of "dude", or "bro" or the many satisfying derivations of "F**K," the term "alpha" seems to pepper our market discourse in a way that has few peers. Rightly or wrongly, there isn't an investment or trading context into which it is not shoehorned. We hear it everywhere, at all times, and in numerous forms: Achieving alpha... Delivering alpha... Portable alpha... (A strategy that had its heyday around 2006 and has recently tried to make a comeback.) Tainted alpha... (Not gonna go there right now.) And, my personal favorite (for its level of misguidedness), generating alpha... There are conferences named after it, like the CNBC and Institutional Investor ANNUAL Delivering Alpha Conference, now apparently in its 8th year. And, of course, some of the most brilliant and creative companies of all time have been named after it! - and, I'm not necessarily talking about firms like Visible Alpha or AlphaSense or the defunct quant strategy development platform, Alphacet... To be fair, the list of common usages [...]

By | 2018-09-20T22:18:00+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Alphacution Feed|

Those Fees Are No Laughing Matter!

Image Credit: Arpad Busson and actress Uma Thurman attend the premiere of Zulu during the 66th Cannes International Film Festival  - Hubert Boesl/DPA/Alamy He pressed "record" on the cassette machine, leaned back and took a long, deep drag from a cigarette. "Let's begin," he said with a heavy accent. In a risky break from protocol, and much to the frustration of my partner - Quantlab co-founder and chief scientist, Ed Bosarge - I asked if I could bum one of his smokes. "But, of course," the Frenchman said with a smirk... Scene: Swanky leather-drenched, art-stuffed office, midtown Manhattan, 1998. Arpad "Arki" Busson, then already at 35 a legendary rainmaker for legendary hedge fund managers, like Tudor Investment's Paul Tudor Jones, had agreed to meet with two of the top geeks from a quant trading upstart to pitch their new strategy to his EIM Group, a prestigious fund of funds (FoFs) platform of the era. In a bizarre twist of unacknowledged credentials, it was difficult to pretend to ignore the fact [...]

By | 2018-09-16T22:59:19+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Alphacution Feed|

#Algorithm: Benchmarking the Cost of Post-Trade Processing

Patterns...  Preferably, persistent and predictable patterns...  It could be said that history is influenced by a series of pattern discoveries whereby new patterns are discovered with new tools, new technologies or new methodologies. Discovery always starts with variance of perspective, like a new pair of eyes.  And, that kind of trick never gets old - even during an era of hyper-intensive innovation. So, with that bit of philosophy as our backdrop, we arrive at today's lesson:  Alphacution discovered a persistent relationship between assets and headcount for asset managers, which led to new insights about strategy selections, technology spending, and workflow automation among a broad community of asset managers, hedge funds and others. This analysis was presented in its initial asset manager technology spending study, the Context Machine (April 2018). Upon further analysis, it turns out that there is also a persistent relationship between assets and headcount for asset servicers, like custodians and administrators. The significance of this discovery represents the beginnings of our ability to benchmark asset servicing costs and [...]

By | 2018-09-09T22:58:36+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Alphacution Feed|

Alphacution Podcast Series Ep2 – Technology Strategy, Business Performance in the Digital Era

Many thanks to Clare Rhodes, Managing Director, Articulate Communications for hosting this podcast series. Here is a link to Episode 2 of the series - Technology Strategy and Business Performance in the Digital Era (August 22, 2018) where the podcast series was originally published.  

By | 2018-09-06T12:49:55+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Press|

Thomas Murray Covers Alphacution: Measuring the FinTech Payback

Originally published on the Thomas Murray website on August 20, 2018 Conversation with Paul Rowady, Director of Research, Alphacution Research Conservatory What is Alphacution? Alphacution is the first digitally-oriented research and strategic advisory platform focused on developing a centralized "market intelligence asset" by modeling, measuring, and benchmarking technology spending patterns, and the operational impacts of those investment decisions. The Alphacution platform is specifically designed to deliver an empirical and quantitatively-backed perspective on the effect of financial services industry spending for an institutional client network. This mission starts by modeling individual companies - banks, asset managers, hedge funds, solution providers, and others - using publicly available data. Our model library currently consists of more than 250 such companies. From there, sector composite models - like global banking, IT services, and asset management - are developed by aggregating individual models. Ultimately, sector composite models come together to represent the full view of the largest parts of the financial services industry. Where data on technology spending and other operational dynamics are not available, [...]

By | 2018-09-06T12:57:11+00:00 September 4th, 2018|News|

Quant Invasion Continues As Data Infrastructure Overtakes Eyeballs

Clues... At it's core, this is much of what we are ever doing as a research and advisory operation: Looking for clues. Ideally, we are looking for the kinds of clues that recur as patterns. And then, tell the stories from those clues and patterns. (Better yet, if we can devise a mechanism to systematically discover more clues and more patterns with regularity, then we will have developed something quite valuable. But, I digress...) So, it was with great fascination that we discovered one of the next important clues; some evidence of the nature of transformation in the trading and investment world - and that which is indicative of so many other sympathetic movements in the broader financial industry. This is the falling of dominoes that we often refer to. Here's the gist: Quantitative methods are set to pervade much more of the traditional asset management community and a broader cross-section of the strategy spectrum. Likely more than expected. Reason being: Fee compression renders traditional investment processes too expensive and [...]

By | 2018-08-29T20:55:38+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Alphacution Feed|