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Modern investor tools (2): A platform that does the job for you

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

A new series on technology providers that assist asset allocators.

There is disruption in the investor part of the world of hedge funds, coming from platforms that can replace traditionally-run search and analysis. Here is one of them.

Looking for hedge funds to invest in and monitoring them can be costly and time consuming, and beyond the means of many investors who would benefit from such investments, according to Michael Appenzeller, managing director and founder of Etops, a middle office services provider based in Switzerland.

So his firm started building a platform three years ago that allows hedge funds to list for free and gives free access to investors. It currently counts more than 11,500 hedge funds and more than 1,500 qualified investor users from the US, Europe and Asia. The revenue of the platform, called Fundbase, comes from the matching of investors and investments.

This web-based solution disrupts paper and facilitates and accelerates the entire investment lifecycle from discovering, to connecting and finally investing into any hedge fund. "It’s not like in the old days you had to travel around the globe to find these return sources and analyse, build portfolios and actually invest in them; now you can do it in front of your computer," Appenzeller tells Opalesque. ......................

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