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The future will increasingly favour institutional investors that can break old patterns of thought. As we move forward and industries and new technologies converge at an increasing rate, the need for a shift in mindset is imperative. One way we believe this to be possible in investing is through a multi-disciplinary approach. Read: Can machine learning […]

CAAT looks to AI, machine learning

The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan is betting that artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a role in pension administration going forward. “I won’t pretend that we’re Netflix or Tesla in this, but we are [taking] small steps today so we can take advantage of these advances of technology into the […]

What opportunities exist for plan sponsors in thematic investing?

The most powerful and durable investment themes are those where ingenuity sparks innovation to address imbalances in the world, said David Docherty, investment director for thematics at Schroders, when speaking at the Canadian Investment Review’s Investment Innovation Conference in November. He pointed to imbalance between population and resources as an example, and themes related to […]

Balancing the risks and opportunities of AI

Artificial intelligence is everywhere and will affect every sector, said Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, president and chief executive officer of the research organization the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations, during a keynote session at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 DC Plan Summit in Montreal in February. AI is becoming disruptive, with startups knocking at the […]

Global employers preparing for future of work: survey

The majority (61 per cent) of global employees believe their employers are preparing them for the future of work and 55 per cent said they trust their organization to reskill them if their job changes as a result of automation, according to Mercer’s 2020 global talents trends survey. However, the survey, which polled more than […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 27, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30

While many organizations are grappling with how to incorporate artificial intelligence into their investment or back-office processes, the Alberta Investment Management Corp. has found a way to do it that’s scalable and has potential for commercialization. The AIMCo started down this journey because it realized that if it didn’t adopt AI and machine learning, it […]

  • By: Avery Page
  • March 20, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 09:17

With a rise in big data and artificial intelligence, institutional investors are starting to look for staff with different skills. Much of the success in the investment management industry depends on managers’ abilities to analyze information in a systematic way and generate actionable insights, says Jason Stefanelli, director and head of Canada at William Blair […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 12, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 08:27
Immunotherapy innovations beneficial in kidney cancer treatment

Historically, the expertise and tools required in cancer research had little, if nothing, to do with the skills and tools used in quantitative finance. But new machine learning techniques are proving useful in both health and finance. A working paper by Zura Kakushadze, president and co-founder of Quantigic Solutions and a professor at the Free […]

Can machine learning help active managers outperform passive peers?

Active investors should combine their own analytical work with the use of machine learning to get a leg up on their passive peers, according to a new paper. Fiona Frick, Unigestion’s chief executive officer, argued that, in an environment where institutional investors are using the same strategies and no one is left with an edge, active managers should use “collaborative […]

There’s a crisis in financial research because of statistical shortfalls, says Marcos López de Prado, a professor of practice at Cornell University’s school of engineering and chief investment officer of True Positive Technologies. “When a journal receives a paper, they don’t know how many experiments the researcher has conducted and, as a result, they cannot […]