Talent Scouts: Look Who’s Reading Alphacution

“I’m watching intelligence.” – Jeff Daniels (May 20, 2019)

Alphacution is in the process of “making a market” for intelligence about some corners of the financial ecosystem where there has historically been very very little. Most of what can be learned about the companies we focus on – market makers, prop trading firms, and quant hedge funds – is anecdotal. Hearsay. Rumor. And, of course, the occasional sensationalistic newspaper riff about gargantuan pay days and trophy purchases of real estate, art and toys that float…

Sure, our friends at Hedge Fund Research and Hedge Fund Alert do a great job of keeping track of performance, key executive movements, and even develop strategy indices relating to many of the most fascinating players in this ecosystem – and yet, no one is tying the broader landscape together the way that Alphacution is doing it.

Now, in most cases, these types of firms would greatly prefer to remain as quiet and invisible as possible mainly because information leakage can expedite the inevitable decay of valuable competitive advantages. (And they certainly aren’t soliciting attention from us, in most cases.) But, they can’t remain completely quiet for two reasons: regulatory reporting requirements and recruiting.

Unfortunately (or fortunately – depending on your perspective), regulatory reporting requirements do tend to cause a data trail. Which makes things all the more puzzling to know that surprisingly few have ever tried to assemble a data trail that – as we like to say – is hiding in plain sight and open for anyone to play with.

And, the only reason many of these firms engage in any type of marketing is to attract scarce talent. Yes, we must confess, the ping-pong tables, nap rooms and free snacks do tend to grab you where you live, but there does seem to be a longing for something more – which is why we thought our readers would find the picture below illuminating:

Recruiters: Expect a special weekend edition coming up soon.

As for the rest of you: It seems you are all in quite good company.

In all seriousness, thanks for your attention and support.  Please keep it up. We are just getting started…


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Alphacution is in the intelligence business.

We are uniquely focused on harvesting, packaging and distributing intelligence about the impacts of technology in financial markets and on the businesses of trading, asset management and banking. Our growing model library is our intelligence asset. Today, this intelligence asset primarily supports written research content, which can be accessed via standardized subscriptions and customized engagements. Occasionally, this core asset also supports video, audio and live presentation content. In time, Alphacution’s intelligence asset will support a broader platform of products and services, like data feeds and software.

For the past year or so, Alphacution has been publishing most of its research content on its Feed for free, and promoting that content via periodic newsletter. The purpose of this strategy has been to assess the interest in and demand for a unique perspective and a new level of intelligence on the financial markets ecosystem.

And, based on the growth in network and activity around that research, it seems that we have struck a cord with many of you – a network of senior executives representing some of the most advanced players in the global financial markets arena and their stakeholders.

The recent trajectory of pageview metrics on our site is symbolic of this claim, as shown below:

Now it’s time to take that level of engagement and direct it towards a more viable long term economic support model that ultimately allows us to scale our team and enhance the quantity and quality of our intelligence.

So, here’s what we are going to do about that:

For those of you who are eager to derive greater value from this work and apply that intelligence to your own business interests, Alphacution is offering individual introductory subscription options priced at $275 per year or $25 per month, cancellable at any time. Both of these options include a rebate on purchases of deeper, more substantive reports and case studies.

In other words, the entire value of an individual subscription paid up to the point of purchasing a single report will be deducted from the purchase of that report. (Rebates not to exceed the maximum value of an annual subscription.)

Examples of upcoming reports – that fall within our 2019 research strategy, outlined in the post Alphacution’s Book: Not Hiding, In Plain Sight – that will be available via the aforementioned subscription rebate mechanism include:

  1. Case Study: Citadel, LLC (~ Q1-2019)
  2. Case Study: All-Time Top 10 Hedge Fund Managers, Ranked by Profits (~ Q2-2019)
  3. Case Study: Top Proprietary Trading Firms (~ Q3-2019)
  4. Case Study: Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (~ Q4-2019)

Enterprise subscription packages and custom content/service engagement options are available upon request at info@alphacution.com.


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Now, for those of you who don’t expect to take advantage of the offers outlined above but want to continue to enjoy the insights, intelligence and occassional entertainment that remain openly available on the Feed, I want to make this specific plea:

Free doesn’t mean there are no costs. In fact, in this case, there have been extraordinary costs in the accumulation of experience and sight, meticulous curation and assembly of data, and creative visualization of and storytelling around our findings.

So, if you value quality content – here or anywhere else – then you need to find a way to support that content at some level simply because you want it to continue to exist. Our post, In Support of Digital Content – which was adapted from other notable digital era content developers – makes a more expansive case for this perspective.

Bottom line: Your efforts to support via one-time or recurring contributions will help guard against this content needing to move from the currently preferred audience-driven model (for its level of independence) to a sponsorship-driven model (which can be found on most other industry media outlets).

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Of course, as always: If you value this work, please continue to “like it,” share it, comment on it – or discuss amongst your colleagues – and then send us feedback@alphacution.com.

As our “feedback loop” becomes more vibrant – given input from clients and other members of our network, especially around new questions to be answered – the value of this work will accelerate.

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By | 2019-05-29T13:59:29+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|Alphacution Feed|

About the Author:

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 the impacts of technology on global financial markets and the businesses of trading, asset management and banking. He is a 30-year veteran of the proprietary, quantitative and derivatives trading arenas with specific expertise in strategy research, risk management, and techno-operational development. Contact: feedback@alphacution.com; Follow: @alphacution.