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High Expectations for Biotech M&A in 2019

Feb 1, 2019 3:54:41 PM

The Biotech M&A space is having a strong start to 2019 with the buyout of Celgene Corporation (CELG) and Loxo Oncology, Inc (LOXO). It appears that fears of a “biotech bubble” have been assuaged as industry leaders and law firms in the space express confidence for deal making in the sector. The law firm Baker McKenzie reported that they expect a 7% increase in health sector deals compared to the 5% drop in 2018. Investors should pay attention to rumored acquisition targets to capture potential alpha opportunities.


Surfacing the Value of Inconspicuous M&A News Sources

Dec 5, 2018 12:26:17 PM

Ambiguity bias – Avoiding the unknown. We all exhibit biased behavior – even when we think otherwise. Growing up, most of us are conditioned to distrust the unfamiliar. Think back to a time when you’ve bought a brand name product instead of its generic brand counterpart. It’s highly likely that you paid substantially more for the brand name product. The surprising fact is that many generic brand products are manufactured in the same facility, using the same raw materials, as the brand name product - the only difference is the packaging and the price.


Trepidation for Canadian Banks earnings

Nov 27, 2018 9:32:51 PM

This week, the major Canadian banks -- Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Bank of Montreal (BMO), and Royal Bank of Canada (RY) -- report their earnings for the fiscal fourth. As property values have increased dramatically across the Great White North, so have worries that the country’s booming housing market may be in a bubble. Accrete takes a closer look into previous earning calls sentiment data and what to watch out for; specifically Credit Quality & Loan Growth.


NeuData Alternative Data Summit 2018: Q&A

Nov 6, 2018 8:16:30 AM

Where the future of investment data is decided - There’s a lot of hype surrounding alternative data and AI but not a lot of information on how to utilize alternative data to generate useful insights. The objective of intelligence, human or machine, is to synthesize disparate pieces of information and understand something at a granular level for the purpose of making accurate predictions about the future. The rate  at which information continues to accumulate exceeds the rate at which biological intelligence is evolving. As such, investors relying solely on traditional intelligence are struggling to understand the complex set of factors influencing a particular topic. As a result, investors are increasingly experiencing the feeling of being blindsided by idiosyncratic events despite believing that superior ‘homework’ was done.


What AI can & can’t do for your investment portfolio

Oct 10, 2018 1:27:00 PM

The application of AI in automating cognitive processes is on the rise. The launch of J.P. Morgan’s new retail trading platform underscores this trend, and highlights what is rapidly becoming the new normal: that big firms are capable of being as nimble as their smaller counterparts when it comes to deploying new business models. Merrill Lynch is even experimenting with an AI stock-picking tool to help the firm identify value in small-cap stocks that human analysts might have missed. The question is, can AI live up to the hype and deliver excessive gains for investors?


Automating Cognitive Tasks to Interpret Alt Data: Hedge Fund Association Q&A with Accrete’s Head of Product

Oct 5, 2018 2:00:04 PM

Although access to “alternative data” was once enough to generate alpha, in today’s digital landscape even the savviest investors are finding it difficult to extract predictive insights from the barrage of “alternative data” that has flooded the market. To find alpha in today’s markets, investors need to identify increasingly complex patterns buried in the digitized, nuanced footprints of human behavior. These patterns are invisible to those relying solely on traditional intelligence and tools.


Predictive M&A Activity - August 2018

Sep 28, 2018 6:30:00 PM

Accurate prediction is at the core of making profitable trading decisions in the mergers and acquisition space. However, seeing into the future is no simple task because there are too many sources from which M&A rumors emanate- there are too many variables to factor in. Without the right knowledge and understanding, it’s impossible to accurately predict which rumors are most likely to impact a stock’s price.


Why Analysts Shouldn’t Fear Wall Street’s New AI Toys

Sep 26, 2018 12:38:00 PM

In the Pixar film Toy Story, Woody – the favorite toy – worries he’ll be replaced by a flashy new toy in the form of Buzz Lightyear. But after Buzz’s ‘bells and whistles’ help save the day, Woody comes to embrace his presence in the toy hierarchy rather than feel threatened by it. As technology continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, financial analysts are fast becoming ‘Woodys’ in their own right. Once the favorite sons of Wall Street banks and investment firms, analysts are now in fear of being replaced by the newest, flashiest toy on the market: AI.


Things To Do In Sydney for Sibos 2018: An Alternative Guide

Sep 23, 2018 12:33:00 PM

Sibos 2018 is the global financial services networking event of the year and connects more than 8,000 financial professionals from across the industry. This is the third time it has been hosted in Sydney, Australia and it is the perfect setting for Sibos to turn 40. For those who are traveling to the event and have some spare time, we have put together an alternative guide to Sydney for you.