Case Studies
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Welcome to Alphacution’s Document Library. The purpose of this repository is to showcase Alphacution’s deeper and more comprehensive research relative to the analysis found on our Feed. Note that some of the reports found here may have been commissioned by clients, excerpted and distributed by alliance partners, or developed in conjunction with our network of collaborators.

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History of Jane Street – Executive Summary

In this 125-page, 149-exhibit, 26,000-word case study, “History of Jane Street,” Alphacution sets a new bar for the scope of a case study focused one of the leading proprietary trading and market making firms in the world, with notable expansions relative to prior cases studies into regional, US option strategy, revenue estimation, and comparative analysis details (including Citadel Securities, Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and affiliates, and Two Sigma Investments and affiliates). The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |May 28, 2020|Open|

History of Jane Street

In this 125-page, 149-exhibit, 26,000-word case study, “History of Jane Street,” Alphacution sets a new bar for the scope of a case study focused one of the leading proprietary trading and market making firms in the world, with notable expansions relative to prior cases studies into regional, US option strategy, revenue estimation, and comparative analysis details (including Citadel Securities, Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and affiliates, and Two Sigma Investments and affiliates). The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |May 27, 2020|Premium|

Two Sigma Investments, LP and Affiliates – Executive Summary

In this 51-page, 61-exhibit case study on one of the most successful quantitative trading firms launched since the dawn of the 21st century  – Two Sigma Investments, LP – Alphacution presents the next in its series of unprecedented reports based on its modeling of many of the most mythological players and impactful themes operating within the current global asset management ecosystem. Of particular note, this report includes a groundbreaking comparative analysis of key strategy parameters between Two Sigma and D. E. Shaw, with additional analytical comparisons that include Millennium Management and Renaissance Technologies; together a grouping of the most revolutionary asset managers in the large-scale quantitative domain. The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |November 24, 2019|Open|

Two Sigma Investments, LP and Affiliates

In this 51-page, 61-exhibit case study on one of the most successful quantitative trading firms launched since the dawn of the 21st century – Two Sigma Investments, LP – Alphacution presents the next in its series of unprecedented reports based on its modeling of many of the most mythological players and impactful themes operating within the current global asset management ecosystem. Of particular note, this report includes a groundbreaking comparative analysis of key strategy parameters between Two Sigma and D. E. Shaw, with additional analytical comparisons that include Millennium Management and Renaissance Technologies; together a grouping of the most revolutionary asset managers in the large-scale quantitative domain. The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |November 23, 2019|Premium|

Susquehanna International Group, LLP – Executive Summary

In this 55-page, 64-exhibit case study on one of the most legendary proprietary option trading firms of all time – Susquehanna International Group, LLP – Alphacution publishes the next installment in its unprecedented Hiding in Plain Sight series that leverages an assembly of publicly-available data and a growing library of models based on some of the most impactful market participants in the global asset management ecosystem today. The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |July 31, 2019|Open|

Susquehanna International Group, LLP

In this 55-page, 64-exhibit case study on one of the most legendary proprietary option trading firms of all time – Susquehanna International Group, LLP – Alphacution publishes the next installment in its unprecedented Hiding in Plain Sight series that leverages an assembly of publicly-available data and a growing library of models based on some of the most impactful market participants in the global asset management ecosystem today. The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |July 30, 2019|Premium|

Deconstructing Citadel Securities – Executive Summary

In this 55-page, 45-exhibit case study on market making powerhouse, Citadel Securities, Alphacution continues to expand its unprecedented Hiding in Plain Sight series to explore the unique trading engines and business strategies of the most successful, noteworthy – and mythological – asset managers in the world by presenting its latest storyboard based an assembly of data that lies open to the public. The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |March 24, 2019|Open|

Deconstructing Citadel Securities

In this 55-page, 45-exhibit case study on market making powerhouse, Citadel Securities, Alphacution continues to expand its unprecedented Hiding in Plain Sight series to explore the unique trading engines and business strategies of the most successful, noteworthy – and mythological – asset managers in the world by presenting its latest storyboard based an assembly of data that lies open to the public. The complete case study is available to premium subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |March 23, 2019|Premium|

The Complete Case Study on Spot Trading

In this 32-page, 38-exhibit case study on the proprietary option trading firm, Spot Trading, that closed in late 2017, Alphacution showcases the information and insights that can be harvested from a cache of data that is hiding in plain sight. This report is also intended to educate clients and our broader network about the mechanics and drivers of macro-market structure, as well as to provide a template that will begin to set expectations for the nature of premium content that is being made available as part of Alphacution’s emerging research subscription service. The full report is available to registered users for download here:

By |March 7, 2019|Open|

The Context Machine: Estimating Asset Manager Technology Spending – Executive Summary

In this 48-page, 35-exhibit study, Alphacution goes to new lengths to apply the axiom that effective management requires effective measurement – and begins the process of supporting its hypothesis that there are persistent – and ultimately, predictable – relationships between trading and operational factors for asset managers. With most asset managers being private, support for this hypothesis also means that technology spending – a rarely observable data item in this universe – can be estimated with more readily observable and contextual data about AUM and employee headcount. Moreover, it turns out that by understanding the relative positioning of technology capital (via spending patterns) with that of human capital, we achieve an unprecedented and quantitative level of understanding about the underlying scope of automation embedded in that firm’s strategy selections. These findings ultimately give birth to Alphacution’s Asset Manager Ecosystem Map, and the deeper exploration into its structural alpha, active management, and passive management zones. The complete case study is available to premium and silver subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |April 19, 2018|Open|

Context Machine: Estimating Asset Manager Technology Spending

In this 48-page, 35-exhibit study, Alphacution goes to new lengths to apply the axiom that effective management requires effective measurement – and begins the process of supporting its hypothesis that there are persistent – and ultimately, predictable – relationships between trading and operational factors for asset managers. With most asset managers being private, support for this hypothesis also means that technology spending – a rarely observable data item in this universe – can be estimated with more readily observable and contextual data about AUM and employee headcount. Moreover, it turns out that by understanding the relative positioning of technology capital (via spending patterns) with that of human capital, we achieve an unprecedented and quantitative level of understanding about the underlying scope of automation embedded in that firm’s strategy selections. These findings ultimately give birth to Alphacution’s Asset Manager Ecosystem Map, and the deeper exploration into its structural alpha, active management, and passive management zones. The complete case study is available to premium and silver subscribers or via individual report purchase.

By |April 18, 2018|Silver|

IT Services and Strategic Impacts for Global Banks: The Force Multiplier

This 33-page, 29-exhibit report – distributed under our alliance with Aite Group – applies Alphacution’s modeling methodologies to the global IT services sector and leverages that output to showcase the evolving role that IT services plays for global banks:  Today, outsourced IT services are firmly embedded in all industries and most large corporations. Alphacution’s message to financial sector clients and other buyers of IT services is both blessing and curse: The global IT services sector continues to be dominated by lowest-cost, predominantly India-based human capital, and the motivation to engage with these services continues to be, as it seems to have been all along, about labor arbitrage, or the savings harvested from the reduction of high-cost, U.S.- or U.K.-based in-house human capital in favor of lowest-cost, leased human capital. Although the expectation to improve performance—via higher-quality output, more efficient output, or some other cocktail of innovation—is rarely made explicit, we believe that the potential for enhanced process efficiencies adds value to the equation. This is the blessing part. The potential curse is more nuanced…

By |September 21, 2017|Silver|

Introducing the T-Greeks: Techno-Operational Analytics For Financial Services Enterprises

This 36-page, 29-exhibit study – a version of which was published under a data and analytics partnership with Aite Group in October 2016 entitled, “Return on Technology and the T-Greeks Framework: In the Beginning…” – introduces a new way of examining IT spending behavior within the financial services industry. It turns out that it does not matter what a firm spends on technology, after all. What actually matters most is what a firm receives for its investment in technology. In this report, Alphacution outlines its discovery that the return on technology (RoT) concept is quantifiable by normalizing and benchmarking the difference between performance (i.e., total net revenue) and the component cost of that performance (i.e., total technology spending). The four primary technology spending categories used in this modeling framework include 1) hardware and other infrastructure, 2) software and other data-processing functionality, including both internally generated and purchased software solutions, 3) IT-related human capital, including both technology and data management personnel, and 4) third-party data subscriptions. There are currently five closely related analytics within Alphacution’s T-Greeks framework, namely T-Spread, T-Beta, T-Alpha, T-Theta, and T-Vol. Finally, this study demonstrates that T-Greeks are actionable now. They can be strategically used to more efficiently monitor and navigate the ongoing business transformation process. Moreover, these analytics and benchmarks can be used for more tactical transformation, ultimately providing more detailed visibility for solution selection, shifts in the mix of human capital skills, and workflow re-engineering and replacement.

By |July 18, 2016|Silver|

Quantifying the Transformation: Benchmarking Enterprise TCO for Global Banks

This 48-page, 36-exhibit report, which was initially published under a distribution rights agreement with Thomson Reuters in 2016, represents the first major study from Alphacution’s newly launched research platform. The findings in this content are based on the modeling of technology spending and other operational analytics from 58 of the largest banks in the world (representing 16 countries and 11 currencies) over the 11-year period 2005 to 2015. Chapter themes in this report include key drivers of the Global Financial Landscape, introduction and explanation of Alphacution’s Standardized TCO Framework, detailed review of the Analytical Foundation supporting Alphacution’s technology spending estimates, TCO Benchmark construction from various perspectives, and finally, the use of this modeling output to enhance Tactical Transformation as well as concluding remarks on one of Alphacution’s core research themes, “Return on Technology.” It turns out that what is most important about analyzing technology spending patterns is not the absolute spend, but the what firm receive for that spend.

By |May 28, 2016|Silver|