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Smartkarma adds new Insight Providers to its roster, expanding the depth and breadth of its coverage

SINGAPORE, 29 May 2024: Smartkarma, the independent investment research network, is pleased to announce significant additions to its roster of Insight Providers.

The following additions further enhance the breadth and depth of global coverage available on Smartkarma, providing subscribers with actionable and data-backed insights, and offering a more comprehensive view of the global economy.

  1. Michael Allen, Director, Azabu Research

Michael Allen specializes in turnaround situations and short-ideas in the Japanese stock market. He is best known for his innovative and prescient coverage of Japanese retail companies as a sell-side analyst over a span of more than 30 years. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions at Japan Advisory and Anova Fund, a market-neutral, sector-neutral fund.

More recently, he produced research at Macquarie Japan and Jefferies. Michael holds certificates in corporate governance from both the Board Director Training Institute of Japan and the Wharton School. His comprehensive research focuses on distressed equities in Japan, and his reports are known for their thoroughness, including forensic tests for fraudulent overstatement of assets and understatement of liabilities. Michael’s unique approach combines rigorous market and industry analysis with detailed earnings models and direct access to the analyst.

  1. Douglas Busch, Founder,

Douglas Busch is a market technician who has spent over 30 years on Wall Street. He has a diverse background, including roles in market making, proprietary trading, and foreign securities trading. Douglas specializes in independent equity research, consulting, and portfolio reviews across all asset classes in global markets. He was a nationally ranked tennis player.

His expertise lies in leveraging his deep understanding of technical indicators and market trends to offer portfolio managers actionable investment guidance and refine their timing across various asset classes, helping to uncover hidden market opportunities.

  1. Avien Pillay, Founder, daaimon

Avien Pillay is a multi-skilled investment professional with over 20 years of experience in both developed and emerging markets, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector. Throughout his career, he has held multiple roles, including Vice President of Emerging Markets at AllianceBernstein, where he co-managed a $1.5 billion fund and specialized in pharmaceuticals among other sectors. He also served as Head of Research at Old Mutual Wealth, overseeing both local and global research initiatives, and analyzed key sectors including healthcare at Cadiz Asset Management.

Avien specializes in healthcare research in both emerging and developed markets. His approach combines bottom-up and top-down analysis with a strong bias to qualitative analysis, generating actionable investment ideas.

  1. Garvit Bhandari, Founder, GSBR Research

Garvit holds an MBA in Finance and brings wide-ranging experience from a diverse professional career in consulting and finance-centered roles. As the Founder and CEO of GSBR Research, he has led the company for over 11 years, specializing in independent fundamental analysis on equities in developed markets.

GSBR Research is renowned for delivering excellence in financial modeling, initiation coverage, earnings updates, valuation, sector write-ups, and thematic research, with a proven commitment to scalability, cost-effectiveness, and quality.

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