ActiveAllocator Shelves Growth Plans to Preserve Status Quo

  • This week we have had to take the very difficult decision to put our growth plans on hold, while preserving what we have already painstakingly created. While nothing fundamental has changed in our business thesis, we have, like many other early stage firms, not been entirely immune to the effects of the coronacrisis.  Given the very high costs of ongoing data, technology infrastructure and talent needed to operate what we have built, we no longer have the funding and investment wherewithal to scale and invest in growth. We have had to part with some colleagues, while preserving the absolute minimum core team to sustain and resurrect when opportunity accords in the future.

  • Building and evolving a digital asset allocation platform with technology-enabled customized advice capabilities over four years has been a Herculean task. Our end to end system now includes an investments accounts aggregator, a securities to asset class mapper, a capital markets comparator, a preferences personalizer, a multi-asset optimizer and a trade executor. Over the years we have enhanced our technology infrastructure through proprietary methodology and data-sets to search, recognize, classify and instantly map more than four million traded and non-traded financial instruments to 50 asset sub-classes and optimize their allocation within portfolios. We now have simultaneous optimization capabilities across skills, market exposure, downside risk and illiquidity, scalable across +200,000 portfolios concurrently. We have also added specific country/ market asset allocation models, including customized adaptation for certain emerging markets. Over the years we have surpassed business development targets with around one billion dollars in total portfolio value analyzed, reallocated and monitored across affluent and ultra-high net worth investors. We have also increased market coverage as part of our global expansion. Our efforts have been met with industry & client recognition, over a dozen endorsements, and have been supported by a thoughtful and prestigious advisory board.

  • Our efforts in the months ahead will be directed to preserving the world’s first portal that seamlessly integrates traditional, illiquid and alternative investments within portfolios. When we come out of this crisis we will continue to help investors analyze existing allocations, discover inefficiencies and create bespoke portfolios in minutes. In the days ahead we will continue to leverage our Wall Street experience and academic pedigree to provide unrivaled thought leadership to financial advisors, wealth managers, institutions and individual investors.

  • We thank our departing employees who have brought invaluable complementary asset and wealth management, investment banking and software development skills to our firm. We are grateful for their incredible hard work over the years and for their positive impact. We are also grateful to our product partners, complementary vendors who have enhanced our capabilities, clients, members of our board, supporters and so many others – for we have all created ActiveAllocator together.

 

Sameer Jain and Brian Jones

Cofounders of ActiveAllocator.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Sameer_Jain

Partner. Sameer Jain is founder of FinTech ActiveAllocator.com, the world’s first portal that seamlessly integrates traditional, illiquid and alternative investments within portfolios. Prior to this he was Chief Economist & Managing Director at AR Capital. Before that he headed Investment Content & Strategy at UBS Alternative Investments. At UBS, he served as a non-voting member of the Wealth Management Research investment committee, and as a capital allocator was responsible for all illiquid investing including fund manager selection and due diligence across the platform. Prior to UBS he headed product development & investment research at Citigroup Alternative Investments that managed over $75 billion of alternative investments across hedge funds, managed futures, private equity, credit structures, infrastructure and real estate. Here he led a team that developed proprietary models for portfolio strategy and asset allocation with alternative investments, provided investment support and research to pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments as well as internal clients including Citi Private Bank. Before this he was with Cambridge Alternative Investments and SunGard (System Access) where he travelled to over 80 countries for work across Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa. He has written over 30 academic and practitioner articles on alternative investments with thousands of downloads at SSRN, presented at over a hundred industry conferences and has coauthored a book, Active Equity Management. Mr. Jain has multiple degrees in engineering, management, public administration and policy and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Alfred Sloan Fellowship and subsequently was a Fellow of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for a year. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

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