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Smartkarma Partners with Caixin Global to Deliver Insights Into China’s Financial Markets

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Smartkarma clients including institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporates will benefit from timely briefings and analysis on China’s economy, policy, and financial markets.  

SINGAPORE, 19 MAY 2022: Smartkarma has partnered with Caixin Global, a subsidiary of Caixin Media Group, to deliver insights into the Chinese financial markets for Smartkarma’s network of investors and corporates. Caixin Global serves international readers and clients of the leading independent financial media outlet.

Under the partnership with Caixin Insight, the intelligence arm of Caixin Media, Smartkarma clients can benefit from timely briefings and analysis on China’s economy, financial markets, policy changes, and industries. Clients will also be able to access reliable, targeted updates on important policy and regulatory changes, which may impact investments exposed to China.

The insights produced by Caixin Insight’s team of senior analysts include regular briefings according to the needs of specific clients as well as bespoke reports and analyst access. These services cut across Smartkarma’s customer segments and can be tailored to institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporates.

“Smartkarma levels the playing field for all investors and market participants, and knowledge is our stock in trade. With its focus on independent news and data for business leaders, investors, and policymakers, Caixin Global is a natural partner for us as we work to democratise institutional-quality intelligence and move markets together,” said Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma.

“Caixin Insight is a strategic advisory helping clients assess policy risk and macroeconomics in China. It aims to deliver first-class services in research, data, and index, and provide first-hand China insights and front-line analysis. We look forward to working with Smartkarma to bring our best products and services to the international institutions in China investment,” Caixin Global stated.

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Media contact:

Michael Tegos

Email: [email protected][email protected]

 

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that provides differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. In 2021, Smartkarma received the Knowledge Enterprise Award at the Singapore FinTech Festival Global FinTech Awards. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore.

About Caixin Global

Caixin Global is one of the most respected sources for macroeconomic, financial, and business news and information about China. Built on Caixin Media’s award winning journalism, Caixin Global delivers fast, reliable business and financial news about China to the world. It offers its English news via a 24/7 digital and mobile platform (caixinglobal.com), and publishes print magazine Caixin: China Economics and Finance.

Smartkarma and Interactive Brokers Work Together to Empower Private Investors with Institutional-level Insight

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Smartkarma’s independent investment research network levels the playing field, further democratising access to high-quality investment intelligence.  

SINGAPORE, 23 NOVEMBER 2021: Smartkarma, the “Spotify of Investment Research” according to Bloomberg, today announced another milestone in its worldwide technology integration with leading online trading platform Interactive Brokers.

Private investor clients of Interactive Brokers can now access quality investment research traditionally reserved for professional fund managers and firms, with Smartkarma Plus – Smartkarma’s new subscription tier for qualified individual investors. Interactive Brokers users can access Smartkarma’s real-time Insight feed by signing up for Smartkarma Plus directly through their Interactive Brokers account.

This builds upon the existing integration between Smartkarma and Interactive Brokers. The two companies previously worked together to offer an expanded range of resources to professional investors, including unbiased, independent research on listed companies, direct access to independent analysts (Insight Providers), and unique insights into under-reported, emerging markets.

The Smartkarma platform contains independent investment Insights across 16 verticals, from traditional fields like IPOs and M&A to cutting-edge sectors such as Digital Assets and Crypto. There is coverage from top analysts globally, with a strong focus on fast-growing key markets such as Asia and the US. Insight Providers on the Smartkarma network are quoted daily by major financial press including the Wall Street JournalBloomberg, and Financial Times.

Smartkarma’s innovative model of a single transparent subscription service enables investors to be part of a worldwide network, benefiting from access to the best minds in markets and adding value to their own independent decision-making process in managing their wealth. This complements Interactive Brokers’ trade execution and clearing services for professional and private traders.

Private investors are a growing segment globally – there were 19.3 million high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) across the US, Asia, and Europe in 2020. More people decide to play an active role in managing and growing their wealth than ever before – and their impact has reverberated across the world markets in 2020 and 2021. Democratising access to high-quality market intelligence for those investors is core to Smartkarma’s mission and to this collaboration.

Interactive Brokers operates one of the largest electronic trading platforms in the US by number of daily average revenue trades. It provides its clients with trading, risk, and portfolio management tools, as well as research facilities and investment products, positioning investors to improve their returns. The company serves more than 1.5 million accounts in over 200 countries, with more than US$353 billion in client equity as of October 1.

Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma, says: “High-quality investment intelligence has long been the privilege of professional investors with millions of dollars in AUM. With Smartkarma Plus, we are levelling the playing field for individual investors by bringing them institutional-level Insight from top analysts that moves markets, at a transparent and affordable price point. This collaboration is one more step along our journey with Interactive Brokers, enabling us to further our mission of democratising access by delivering our network’s differentiated intelligence to even more investors out there.”

Yochai Korn, Global Head of Market Data and Research at Interactive Brokers, adds, “We are delighted to work with Smartkarma and offer our clients the independent, minute-by-minute Insight and analysis available on the Smartkarma platform. Our focus on price, speed, diversity of global products, and providing advanced trading tools aligns strongly with Smartkarma’s innovative digital platform and direct access to Insight Providers, helping our clients to make informed trading decisions.”

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Media contact:

Michael Tegos

Email: [email protected][email protected]

 

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporate IR professionals and management. We challenge conventions by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes insights on areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & Placements, and Small/Mid-Cap Equities, as well as a wealth of financial data and analytics provided by exchanges, banks, brokers, and more. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore. Learn more at www.smartkarma.com/home/private-investor-solutions

Smartkarma Partners Zilkroad to Double Down on Network Growth

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The independent investment research network is looking to capture opportunities across regions and customer segments by engaging experienced professionals with on-the-ground expertise. 

SINGAPORE, 2/11/2021: Smartkarma, an independent investment research network, has partnered with Zilkroad, a professional services firm that facilitates the advance of technology companies looking to expand their global footprint through collaboration.

Smartkarma and Zilkroad will combine their strengths in order to further expand Smartkarma’s network across the UK, EMEA, and mainland China, spanning its range of products for research providers, institutional and individual investors, and corporates.

The two companies are strategically aligned on core values of integrity, collaboration, and craftsmanship, and share a common vision of the decentralised economy and the financial tools and services of tomorrow.

Zilkroad brings to the table the deep expertise of CEO Daniel Shek and Managing Director Kevin Bilsby. Kevin has had an illustrious career on the sell-side, running APAC sales trading teams for Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas, as well as a stint on the buy-side. While heading regional sales for a privately-owned Fintech in Singapore, he met Daniel, who is the co-chair of FIX Trading Community in Asia, and has worked in various capacities across product and business development in the region.

Smartkarma - Zilkroad Collaboration

As Smartkarma continues its mission of democratising finance and access to high-quality investment intelligence, it will keep pursuing collaborations with local and regional players such as South Korean financial information platform FnGuide and leading Malaysian financial services group Maybank, to support its network expansion across all stakeholders of the investing cycle.

Smartkarma leverages its strength in covering Asian capital markets at a time when Asia increasingly demands the attention of global investors and companies. Hong Kong is looking at a stronger-than-ever IPO pipeline following regulatory developments in China, while India’s equity market has surged to US$3.46 trillion, inching closer to the UK’s at US$3.59 trillion

“We are excited to be partnering with Zilkroad as we double down on our expansion across markets and customer segments. This is another step towards building a true decentralised network for the investment professionals of tomorrow, as we continue to support the growing capabilities of our insight providers,” says Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma.

“China’s early economic recovery from the pandemic fueled rallies in stocks and commodities. It is an exciting time to be partnering with Smartkarma to bring their best-in-class, independent research to the trading community in China,” says Daniel Shek, CEO & Founder of Zilkroad.

“We are delighted to partner with Smartkarma and to align our strategy with the best differentiated independent research providers in the Asia-Pacific region. It will bring extraordinary opportunities for our clients and prospects, and will help Raghav and his team grow their global footprint across the financial services community,” adds Kevin Bilsby, Managing Director, Zilkroad.

 

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporate IR professionals and management. We challenge conventions by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes insights on areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & Placements, and Small/Mid-Cap Equities, as well as new and innovative asset classes such as Crypto and Digital Assets. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore. Learn more at https://www.smartkarma.com

 

About Zilkroad

The Silk Road was an ancient trade route that linked the Western world with the Middle East and Asia. It was a major conduit for trade between the Roman Empire and China and later between medieval European kingdoms and China. Zilkroad was born to facilitate the advance of technology solutions between the East and West, during a time of significant focus on costs, performance, efficiency and regulation. Our mission is to build long-term partnerships with FinTech companies who are looking to expand their global footprint through collaboration. Find out more at https://www.zilkroad.consulting

Maybank Kim Eng Singapore is the First Broker to Partner Smartkarma for Private Investor Solutions

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SINGAPORE, 3 JUNE 2021: Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd (“Maybank Kim Eng Singapore”) is the first broker in Singapore to partner with Smartkarma to make its Private Investor Solutions available to Maybank Kim Eng Singapore’s qualified clients. Under this partnership, Maybank Kim Eng Singapore’s clients and trading representatives can access institutional-level investment insight on Smartkarma’s innovative online network, where they will find a unique range of actionable ideas, insights and tools to help them in their investment decisions.

Smartkarma Private Investor Solutions delivers personalised insight at scale for private accredited investors or their trading representatives. Besides extensive access to timely, high-quality insight, users benefit from real- time alerts on their portfolio, financial data and analytics, and events such as analyst presentations and roadshows. With this partnership, users join a platform already trusted by over 200 global institutional investors and market participants with more than US$13 trillion in Assets Under Management and quoted regularly by top financial press.

Aditya Laroia, Chief Executive Officer, Maybank Kim Eng Singapore said, “This partnership with Smartkarma will enable us to provide unique insights that will complement our award-winning ASEAN Research platform offerings, significantly differentiating Maybank Kim Eng’s service offering from discount brokers as well as other full-service private brokers. We are bringing information and idea generation as the final component of Maybank Kim Eng’s trifecta of value added offerings for clients, along with trading technology and client-focused and differentiated customer service. We recognise that investors are more sophisticated and informed today and want to be at the forefront of helping them invest and trade profitably by removing the disadvantages private investors face compared to institutional investors in terms of research access.”

He added, “We have seen a structural pick-up in private participation across global markets including Singapore. With increased market participation, especially from Millennials and Gen Z’ers, individuals take more control of their wealth creation, supporting retail momentum in equity markets when traditional investment assets such as property are being impacted by cooling and control measures. This investment knowledge and education will help to achieve better market efficiency and greater liquidity, plus information is a key component for well- functioning financial markets.”

Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma, said: “We are excited to work with Maybank Kim Eng Singapore. As we continue to democratise access to independent insight, Maybank Kim Eng-introduced investors can now enjoy timely delivery of high quality insights, specifically targeted through superior understanding of their needs – that’s why Bloomberg has called Smartkarma ‘the Spotify of Research’.”

“Maybank Kim Eng’s private clients will be some of the first to read actionable ideas on the APAC and US markets, find independent insight on IPOs and Event-Driven ideas that gets regularly quoted by top financial media, and access a highly customisable reading experience tailored to their specific needs,” added Raghav.

Chan Kum Kong, Senior Vice-President and Head of Research and Products at SGX, an investor in Smartkarma, said: “This partnership creates a unique value proposition for private investors. Smartkarma’s independent and institutional-grade content helps guide effective investment decisions. This offering, combined with Maybank Kim Eng’s trading technology and customer-centric approach, comes at a time when we see an elevated level of domestic and regional private participation in the Singapore market. An area of growing interest is sustainable finance and ESG; investors can look forward to more resources on sgxacademy.com where we partner with Smartkarma to develop some of these educational and training programmes.”

Maybank Kim Eng Singapore (previously known as Kim Eng Holdings) was the first stockbroker to be listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1990. We provide investors with access to a wide range of products and services such as stocks, warrants, exchange traded funds (ETFs), Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) and Daily Leverage Certificates (DLCs), and through our new trading platform MKE Trade, access to global markets like Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX), Bursa Malaysia, Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, London Stock Exchange (LSE), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ and NYSE Arca.

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About Maybank Kim Eng

Maybank Kim Eng is the fully-owned investment banking arm of Maybank, one of Asia’s leading banking groups and South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. The Maybank Kim Eng group of companies comprises businesses stretching around the globe with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Great Britain and the United States of America. Maybank Kim Eng has been in Asia for more than 40 years and offers a suite of financial solutions, which include debt advisory and arrangement via bonds/sukuk, project financing, leveraged financing and loan syndication, corporate finance, equity capital markets, merger and acquisition advisory, sector advisory, strategic advisory, equities derivatives, retail and institutional securities broking and research. A leader in many of the Asian markets that it operates in, Maybank Kim Eng has won numerous prestigious awards in the markets that it serves.

(www.maybank-ke.com.sg)

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporate IR professionals and management. We challenge conventions by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes insights on areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & Placements, and Small/Mid-Cap Equities, as well as a wealth of financial data and analytics provided by exchanges, banks, brokers, and more. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore. Learn more at www.smartkarma.com/home/private-investor-solutions

For more information, please contact:

Lucinda Lam : [email protected]

Michael Tegos : [email protected]

Smartkarma Presents INSIGHT 2020 - a New Type of Investment Conference, in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Smartkarma Presents INSIGHT 2020 – a New Type of Investment Conference, in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts

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INSIGHT 2020 will be a digital-first, Asia-focused investment conference, uniquely backed by four regional exchanges (SGX, JPX, SET, NZX) and key sponsors including global investment banks, VCs, and investment professionals. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF’s COVID-19 relief efforts in East Asia and the Pacific – buy your ticket or donate to help us contribute towards this cause.

SINGAPORE, 30 APRIL 2020: COVID-19 has changed how we interact, do business, and share knowledge. Reiterating our conviction in the power and value of our online network, INSIGHT 2020 is Smartkarma’s response to this new challenge. INSIGHT 2020 is an all-digital event, available to everyone and streaming worldwide, enabling participants to create meaningful relationships and collaboration, and contribute in these trying times.

The investment industry is often portrayed as profit-driven, greedy, and self-serving – we want to challenge this picture as well, and use the opportunity to give back. That’s why proceeds from INSIGHT 2020 will be donated to UNICEF, to go towards their COVID-19 relief efforts in the East Asia and Pacific regions. This means that everyone can help this cause by either buying a ticket for INSIGHT 2020 or making a donation of their choice to UNICEF through our website.

In this endeavour, we are proud and privileged to have with us valuable partners and sponsors including regional exchanges (SGX, JPX, SET, NZX), global investment banks (Société Générale), leading VCs (Sequoia, Wavemaker, Jungle Ventures), tech disruptors (AWS, iSTOX), and top investment managers, advisors, and intelligence providers (Oasis, Dechert, Acuris). We are extremely grateful for their support and we look forward to welcoming more partners in this trailblazing effort.

Investment conferences traditionally tend to be one-note and overpriced, and place ego above value. INSIGHT 2020 distills the investment conference down to what really matters. It’s a multi-day digital event that puts profit to purpose and brings together investors, analysts, business heads, regional exchanges, industry thought leaders, and firms including McKinsey, DBS, Google, Ping An, China Renaissance, and more.

This unique 360-degree perspective means that attendees have the chance to hear from key incumbents, dominant disruptors, industry experts, financial intermediaries, and policymakers, all in one event. We put your interests front and centre, tackle the topics and questions that you care about, and bring some much-needed clarity in this time of insecurity and disarray.  

To further demonstrate our conviction in what can be achieved through our online network, we can help you launch your own all-digital, INSIGHT-style event. Investors can get in touch with us and find out how they can organise their own private INSIGHT, and benefit from the reinvented vision of investment conferences that Smartkarma is putting forward.

Our key thesis, the democratisation of connectivity and access, has never been more important: with markets in turmoil, businesses facing uncertainty, and general upheaval, we must ensure that the lines of communication don’t break down; that information and intelligence remain accessible; that connections and relationships can still be forged.

This is the time to be connected. This is the time for clear, independent insight. This is our Smartkarma.

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Media contact:

Smartkarma

Michael Tegos

Tel: +65 6715 1480

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is an online investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, and corporate investor relations professionals and management. Smartkarma reinvents Equity and Credit Research by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & placements, and small/mid-cap equities. Smartkarma’s online platform enables corporate and buy-side clients to streamline their communication and data reporting, and allows them to set their own real-time alerts, customise their reading lists, directly contact Insight Providers, and remain MiFID II-compliant as unbundling regulations change the investment research industry. For more information, visit www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma Appoints Pierre-Michel Dumesnil and Ashutosh Sinha to Its Advisory Council

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SINGAPORE, 15 NOVEMBER 2019: Smartkarma is excited to announce the two latest appointments to the Smartkarma Advisory Council. Pierre-Michel Dumesnil and Ashutosh Sinha have over 40 years of capital market experience between them, in a variety of sell-side and buy-side roles at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and more.

Pierre-Michel Dumesnil has over 20 years of experience in equities within leading investment banks in New-York, Hong Kong, London, and Paris. He has been a Director at ABN AMRO Bank NV, Vice President at Goldman Sachs, and Head of Sales Cash Equity at Credit Suisse, where he was involved in numerous “One Bank” projects, such as developing a platform to service private banking family offices and provide them with the best of CS equity franchise. He is currently based in Singapore, where he is involved in education as a guest speaker at Essec Business School and part of the executive committee of Lycée Français de Singapour.

Ashutosh Sinha is a Senior Portfolio Manager covering emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Singapore. He is also the CEO of MSIM Co., Singapore. He has over 25 years experience as a fund manager covering Asian and Emerging Markets. Previously, he founded and served as Managing Partner of Amoeba Capital Partners, a money management firm focused on Asia long-short equity investing. Ashutosh holds a B.Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Kanpur and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) of Kolkata.

The Smartkarma Advisory Council is comprised of individuals with substantial industry experience and expertise in global capital markets and the investment industry, in which Smartkarma operates. The Advisory Council plays a key role in supporting the activities and direction of the company. Advisory Council members graciously offer their time and experience to provide advice and feedback, and offer specific guidance on designated business areas, helping Smartkarma advance its mission of uniting all stakeholders within the investment ecosystem.

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Media contact:

Smartkarma

Michael Tegos

Tel: +65 6715 1480

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is a global investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, and corporate investor relations professionals and management. Smartkarma reinvents Equity and Credit Research by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & placements, and small/mid-cap equities. Smartkarma’s online platform enables corporate and buy-side clients to streamline their communication and data reporting, and allows them to set their own real-time alerts, customise their reading lists, directly contact Insight Providers, and remain MiFID II-compliant as unbundling regulations change the investment research industry. For more information, visit www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma Launches Pan-Asian Credit Research to Provide Full-scale Cross-Asset Research Coverage on One Unified Network

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It will be the largest Asian Credit Research collection accessible on one platform, powered by over 120 years of collective credit analyst experience

SINGAPORE, 29 OCTOBER 2019: Global investment research network Smartkarma today announces the launch of pan-Asian Credit Research, bringing together the best independent minds in Asian fixed income markets. 

On top of the rich pool of Equity, Macro, Capital Markets, and Event-Driven Research that Smartkarma clients already have access to, they can now gain unique insights on Asian Credit Research. Research notes will range from analysis of new credit issuances to high-conviction bottom-up work and core thematic research.

With over 120 years of collective credit analyst experience, Smartkarma will be the largest collection of Asian Credit Research found on one platform. Clients will be able to access morning notes, tear sheets, thematic in-depth reports, debt-capital markets, and new issuance analysis. They can also engage analysts directly for Q&As and other bespoke work. 

Our all-encompassing cloud-based platform allows for cross-sector and cross-asset collaboration, giving users a unique perspective on how to invest across the capital structure of a company. This is yet another step by Smartkarma to foster a vibrant and diverse ecosystem for research.

This couldn’t be more timely, as legacy institutions are shedding thousands of credit and equity analyst positions post-MiFID II. 

In this launch, Smartkarma is proud to have Singapore Exchange (SGX) as our partner. As part of our collaboration, SGX Bond Trading (SGX BT) clients will be able to access this unique research solution, which complements SGX-BT’s institutional bond trading platform. 

“Smartkarma helps connect our clients to valuable, curated, independent research on a flexible and efficient platform. We are delighted to see Smartkarma expand convincingly into the credit space in Asia. Our clients, ranging from issuers to investors, will welcome the one-stop access to the largest collection of Asian credit research,” says Mark Leahy, Head of Fixed Income at SGX.

At the same time, we are bolstering our platform with new and existing Insight Providers that have a proven track record in Credit Research. New addition Lucror Analytics is a developed and emerging markets high-yield specialist that will meaningfully contribute to Smartkarma. Existing research provider Bondcritic will also bring its experience on Asian distressed, high-yield, and non-rated bonds. Last but not least, the roster features notable Insight Providers such as Vicki Bryan, Sebastian Ashton, Hank Calenti, and Alan Greene.

“With the launching of Credit Research on Smartkarma, we address an important gap in the market in the wake of MiFID II. The changes have deeply affected credit analyst teams and redrawn the map when it comes to research costs and relationships between research providers, investors, and corporations,” says Raghav Kapoor, Smartkarma CEO and Head of Research. “This is a material step forward in our mission of becoming the dominant research destination for truly independent and unbiased cross-asset research, which spans equities, fixed income, and capital markets.”

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Media contact:

Smartkarma

Michael Tegos

Tel: +65 6715 1480

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is a global investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, and corporate investor relations professionals and management. Smartkarma reinvents Equity and Credit Research by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & placements, and small/mid-cap equities. Smartkarma’s online platform enables corporate and buy-side clients to streamline their communication and data reporting, and allows them to set their own real-time alerts, customise their reading lists, directly contact Insight Providers, and remain MiFID II-compliant as unbundling regulations change the investment research industry. For more information, visit www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma Launches Corporate Solutions to Bring Together Listed Companies, Investors, and Analysts Under a Single Network

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An All-in-one Solution to Address All Stakeholder Needs

SINGAPORE, 14 AUGUST 2019: Smartkarma, the global investment research network, today unveiled Corporate Solutions, a brand-new range of services that bring corporates into Smartkarma’s network of independent analysts and institutional investors.

Unlike other such services, Corporate Solutions is the first to take a holistic view, creating an ecosystem where corporates, analysts, and investors can connect and interact within a single network.

This empowers C-Suite and Investor Relations (IR) personnel of companies, both listed and those coming to market. IR departments currently struggle with finding the right investors to reach out to, and maintaining lines of communication with analysts. C-level executives want to get the right message about their company out to the right people, and keep track of what investors and analysts think.

In the face of limited research coverage from sell-side analysts, regulatory changes such as MiFID II, and investor relations departments’ specific needs, Smartkarma Corporate Solutions put forward an integrated, digital-first range of services for all stakeholders involved.

Companies across the world will now be able to communicate seamlessly with analysts and investors, monitor sentiment, track industry performance, and benchmark instantly against peers. This also serves to enhance investors’ understanding of and accessibility to these companies.

To benefit from this ecosystem, users can start accessing Corporate Solutions immediately with a Smartkarma account.

Ahead of the official launch, over 70 companies have signed up to use Corporate Solutions. In addition to those, following a strategic investment in Smartkarma from Singapore Exchange (SGX), SGX-listed companies will be some of the next corporates to join the network.

“The launch of Corporate Solutions marks the end of an intensive pilot program that Smartkarma ran in partnership with SGX,” says Anisha Kundu, Head of Corporate Solutions. “We are glad to bring to the market a solution that C-Suite and Investor Relations can use to address the challenges they face. It will not only empower IR professionals but also prove to be a conduit for investors and analysts to engage with the corporates that they seek to invest in and publish research on, respectively.”

“With Corporate Solutions, we are leveraging the power of our global network to address increasingly relevant needs by corporate stakeholders, arising from regulatory change and market uncertainty,” says Raghav Kapoor, Co-Founder and CEO of Smartkarma. “This is the next step on Smartkarma’s path to building a network that powers connection and collaboration among all stakeholders – a true digital manifestation of capital markets.”

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Media contact:

Michael Tegos

Tel: +65 6715 1480

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is a global investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, and corporate investor relations professionals and management. Smartkarma reinvents research by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & placements, and small/mid-cap equities. Smartkarma’s online platform enables corporate and buy-side clients to streamline their communication and data reporting, and allows them to set their own real-time alerts, customise their reading lists, directly contact Insight Providers, and remain MiFID II-compliant as unbundling regulations change the investment research industry. For more information, visit www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma Announces Strategic Investment from SGX to Bolster Singapore’s Research and Financing Ecosystem

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SGX is the first exchange globally to capitalise on Smartkarma’s groundbreaking solutions for corporates, analysts, and investors 

SINGAPORE, 9 JULY 2019: Smartkarma, the global investment research network, today announced it has received a strategic investment from Singapore Exchange (SGX). The investment marks the next step in ensuring a vibrant financial research ecosystem. It further underpins Singapore’s vision to serve as Asia’s centre for capital raising and enterprise financing.

Existing investors including Sequoia India and Wavemaker Partners also participated in this investment, which affirms their ongoing confidence in Smartkarma.

The strategic investment cements a joint journey of collaboration between SGX and Smartkarma. Aligning with the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) recent announcement of the Grant for Equity Markets (GEMS) to strengthen research coverage of Singapore enterprises, this is a resounding validation of what Smartkarma has been working on from day one: the reinvention of the global investment research market through technological innovation.

The deal comes at a point when Smartkarma is in the final stretch of launching Corporate Solutions globally. As Asia’s leading and most trusted multi-asset exchange, SGX was a pilot partner during the development of Corporate Solutions, a brand-new range of services for C-Suite and Investor Relations personnel of listed companies worldwide.

SGX will be the first exchange in the world to bring the power of this new global platform to all its listed and upcoming companies, as well as global bond issuers.

SGX-listed companies and bond issuers will be the first to plug into, and take advantage of, Smartkarma’s established global network of independent analysts and investors. They will get value from connecting directly to investors and analysts, and distributing pivotal updates and information to their networks quickly and efficiently.

SGX recognises the global need of corporates to connect to institutional investors and analysts. Exchanges the world over are trying to diversify their services and exploring ways to bring more value to their companies. There is a market gap there that has only widened following regulatory developments like Europe’s MiFID II legislation.

In this evolving market, Smartkarma empowers companies with its groundbreaking technology platform, establishing connections, offering unique data and analytics, and promoting high-quality independent research to improve investment decision-making. Corporate Solutions has been designed to put the issuer first, and will form a key part of the value SGX aims to bring its companies and clients.

“Shifting regulations and changes in the investment research industry are affecting all parts of the ecosystem. From the very beginning, we have been working hard to address the fundamental gaps we see around us,” says Raghav Kapoor, Co-Founder and CEO of Smartkarma.

“We are building a network that connects companies, analysts, and investors, starting from Singapore and spreading throughout the global markets. SGX shares our conviction that technological innovation is the key to navigating this new landscape, and Singapore-listed companies will be the first to experience the fruits of this labour,” he adds.

“Regulatory and market developments show that enlightened corporates can no longer rely on traditional banks and brokers to manage their listing, fundraising, and shareholder relationships,” says Jon Foster, Co-Founder and Chairman of Smartkarma. “With new technology and open networks, like Smartkarma and SGX, it is now easier than ever for corporates to eschew these closed, expensive old-boy networks and take control.”

“Research data and information are crucial to making informed investment decisions. With the advent of technology, we see tremendous potential in this innovative platform that is adding another dimension to fundamental investment research. As SGX continues to uphold the standard and availability of research coverage through initiatives such as partnering with the Monetary Authority of Singapore on GEMS, we are also investing in new models to serve investors and companies now and in the future,” says Chan Kum Kong, Head of Research and Retail, SGX.

We Are Reinventing Research Worldwide

Steadfast in our belief in the value of truly independent, unbiased research, and dedicated to fostering innovation in Singapore’s investment research ecosystem, Smartkarma will also be bringing our world-first Independent Research Accelerator, Boost Research, to Singapore. Boost Research has been operating successfully in London for the past year.

Additionally, Smartkarma will offer SGX’s institutional bond trading clients access to its platform, enabling them to access unique institutional research into corporate and sovereign bonds and fixed interest products, strengthening their bond trading activities.

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About SGX

Singapore Exchange is Asia’s leading and trusted market infrastructure, operating equity, fixed income and derivatives markets to the highest regulatory standards. As Asia’s most international, multi-asset exchange, SGX provides listing, trading, clearing, settlement, depository and data services, with about 40% of listed companies and over 80% of listed bonds originating outside ofSingapore. SGX is the world’s most liquid international market for the benchmark equity indices of China, India, Japan and ASEAN and offers commodities and currency derivatives products. Headquartered in AAA-rated Singapore, SGX is globally recognised for its risk management and clearing capabilities. For more information, please visit www.sgx.com 

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is a global investment research network, made up of independent Insight Providers who produce, curate, and publish unbiased intelligence for institutional investors. Smartkarma reinvents research by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & placements, and small/mid cap equities. Smartkarma’s online platform allows the buy-side to set their own real-time alerts, customise their reading lists, directly contact Insight Providers, and remain MiFID II-compliant as unbundling regulations change the investment research industry. For more information, visit www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma and Interactive Brokers Collaborate to Deliver Independent Insight to Professional Investors

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The global investment research network joins forces with Interactive Brokers’ online trading platform 

NEW YORK, 11 APRIL 2019: Smartkarma, a global investment research network, today announced a worldwide technology integration with Interactive Brokers, a leading online trading platform. The two companies will work together to offer an expanded range of resources to professional investors, including unbiased, independent research on listed companies, direct access to independent analysts (Insight Providers), and unique insights into Asia.

Smartkarma has built an ecosystem of Insight Providers who write about more than 3,600 companies globally, with a strong focus on fast-growing Asian and emerging markets. This makes the relationship with Interactive Brokers particularly valuable as the trading service grows rapidly in Asia.

Through this synergy with Smartkarma, Interactive Brokers’ clients gain access to Smartkarma’s single-subscription platform. This empowers them with up-to-the-minute Insights, direct communication with Insight Providers, user-determined real-time alerts, and predictive algorithms that filter Insights based on user preferences.

Interactive Brokers operates the largest electronic trading platform in the US by number of daily average revenue trades. It provides its clients with trading, risk, and portfolio management tools, as well as research facilities and investment products, positioning them to achieve superior returns on investments. The company serves more than 600,000 accounts in over 200 countries, with more than US$140 billion in client equity.

Smartkarma’s innovative model enables asset managers, investors, and analysts to be part of a worldwide network, benefiting from it and adding value to it. This complements Interactive Brokers’ trade execution and clearing services for professional and individual traders. Traders and investors can also engage Insight Providers through Smartkarma’s Premium Services to gain additional value and inform their trading strategies.

Warren Yeh, Head of Smartkarma US, notes, “Working together with Interactive Brokers, we can offer a compelling solution for their clients looking for differentiated, independent Insight on Asian markets. Our expert, in-country Insight Providers and our service offerings, from published research to calls and bespoke projects and modelling, can all support Interactive Brokers’ client base and their research needs.”

Yochai Korn, Global Head of Market Data and Research at Interactive Brokers, adds, “We are delighted to work with Smartkarma and offer our clients the independent, minute-by-minute Insight and analysis available on the Smartkarma platform. Our focus on price, speed, diversity of global products, and providing advanced trading tools aligns strongly with Smartkarma’s innovative digital platform and direct access to Insight Providers, helping our clients to make informed trading decisions.”

 

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Media contact:

Michael Tegos

Tel: +65 6715 1480

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

 

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is a global investment research network made up of independent Insight Providers who produce, curate, and publish unbiased intelligence for institutional investors. Smartkarma reinvents research by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & placements, and small/mid cap equities, with a special focus on fast-growing Asian and emerging markets. Smartkarma’s online platform allows the buy-side to set their own real-time alerts, customise their reading lists, directly contact Insight Providers, and remain MiFID II-compliant as unbundling regulations change the investment research industry. For more information, visit www.smartkarma.com.

About Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.

Interactive Brokers Group affiliates provide automated trade execution and custody of securities, commodities and foreign exchange around the clock on over 120 markets in numerous countries and currencies, from a single IBKR Integrated Investment Account to clients worldwide. We service individual investors, hedge funds, proprietary trading groups, financial advisors and introducing brokers. Our four decades of focus on technology and automation has enabled us to equip our clients with a uniquely sophisticated platform to manage their investment portfolios at the lowest cost according to Barron’s Best Online Brokers review, February 25, 2019. We strive to provide our clients with advantageous execution prices and trading, risk and portfolio management tools, research facilities and investment products, all at low or no cost, positioning them to achieve superior returns on investments.