The ETF giant missed an opportunity years ago to build its version of the App Store for Capital Markets-related financial technology. BlackRock (tkr: BLK), announced a partnership with Snowflake (tkr: SNOW), earlier this week. Per the partnership BlackRock will introduce Aladdin Data Cloud where clients may access pre-defined Aladdin data sets, proprietary client data and … Continue reading BlackRock’s Missed Cloud Opportunity
Palantir (tkr: PLTR) is not a Software company no matter how hard it may try. It appears that Palantir has allocated a portion of Costs of Goods Sold to General & Administrative expenses in order to boost Gross Margins in-line with Software company Gross Margins (click here for PLTR table). Doing so helped PLTR benefit … Continue reading Palantir Is Not A Software Company
For our inaugural CEO Hall of Fame class we selected CEO Hall of Fame members largely based upon their contribution toward building their respective companies as well as creating long-term shareholder value. Our selection process included a variety of quantitative and qualitative elements including financial operating performance, total stock returns, longevity, innovation, corporate governance and … Continue reading The CEORater CEO Hall of Fame Class of 2020
It is amazing what institutional investors - especially large holders - put up with. Do Portfolio Managers communicate with CEOs any longer? PMs used to speak with management teams to provide feedback around capital allocation decisions, financial disclosures and more. My sense is that less of this interaction occurs today. Below we cover a few … Continue reading Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.
We recently wrote about the "Speculation Era" in Tech stocks. It doesn't have to be this way. Institutional investors don't have a gun to their heads forcing them to chase performance in companies such as TSLA and SNOW. Yet many are doing just that, throwing time-tested investment principles out the window. Many justify their outrageously … Continue reading The Valuation Circus Is In Town
We hosted a podcast episode with Upendra Belhe as our guest. Upendra leads TEK2day's "On-Demand CAO" advisory service. We covered a variety of topics related to Data and Advanced Analytics, perhaps most notably the recent sense of urgency that insurance carriers have around standing up Analytics operations (COVID-related claims are of course a driver along … Continue reading Advanced Analytics in Insurance – A Conversation with Upendra Belhe
We rank three FinTech companies - FactSet, IHS Markit and SS&C Technologies - from a relative risk standpoint. We also outline key long-term trends that will impact the capital markets and companies that sell into this segment of the Financial Services industry. A few long-term trends will impact the capital markets and participant organizations. These … Continue reading 3 FinTech Names & Long-Term Trends
Debt remains cheap. Strategic acquirers and PE firms are flush with cash. It doesn't take a genius to arrive at the conclusion that Software & Services M&A activity will remain healthy in 2020 all else held equal. (tickers mentioned: ACN, AVGO). Today's news that Accenture (ticker: ACN) agreed to acquire Symantec's CyberSecurity Services business from … Continue reading One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.
The supply of Data Scientists is a constraint toward building Advanced Analytics practices including broadly-defined AI. Therefore, we expect this supply constraint to be a catalyst for M&A activity. We covered this "supply" topic last week in our article "AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity" The supply of data scientists is being stretched … Continue reading Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals
We will participate on the June 3rd IASA OnPOINT conference panel hosted by SS&C Technologies. Topics covered will include AI, machine learning, deep learning, NLP, RPA and other forms of intelligent automation. There are many prospective use cases for AI and related technologies. However, prior to jumping in with both feet it is important to … Continue reading No Time Like Now to Leverage AI