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Sanostro To Provide Hedge Fund Signals Through Ethereum Blockchain

Zurich, June 23, 2017. Since early 2016, Sanostro has worked on an IT infrastructure which can provide trading signals from leading quantitative hedge funds through the Ethereum blockchain.

Out of all initiatives we monitor in the crypto-currency world, we believe that Ethereum is currently the most advanced and suitable smart contracting environment. As regulators are requiring larger institutions to open the access to financial data of their clients via Open API initiatives, we want to be among the first fintech companies that can provide an open architecture to investment intelligence across different trading platforms.

To quote Rodrigue Schrago, who spearheaded this project at Sanostro: “We want to be early in this exciting technological advancement, while the smart contracting is processed through the Ethereum blockchain, Sanostro’s signals are encrypted and sent using a separate much leaner and secure channel, covering the needs of traders, who require more time-sensitive signals.”

Our vision is an infrastructure allowing machine learning algorithms from leading AI researchers to train themselves and pick the best trading models in our database, in order to match the investment goals of our institutional clients and feed the resulting trading signals in the API of their respective banks / executing brokers with as little latency as possible.

Sanostro receives trading signals for all liquid asset classes from leading quantitative hedge funds on a daily basis and provides tailor-made solutions to institutional clients, such as pension funds, banks, insurance and family offices. Sanostro’s investment solutions include downside protection for equity markets, bespoke FX hedging solutions, like the Avaloq FX robo-advisory module and tactical asset allocation.

 

About Sanostro
Sanostro is a highly innovative provider of hedge fund intelligence. The company was founded on the belief that intelligence of the leading quantitative managers should be used to help investors make investment decisions and that risk management must not be expensive. Sanostro has built a global platform of quantitative managers to offer systematic, model-based hedging solutions and tactical asset allocation models to institutional investors. Clients use Sanostro flexibly to manage their FX, equity, commodity and bond portfolios through tailor-made solutions. Sanostro cooperates with some of the most respected quantitative investment managers in the hedge fund space and is headquartered in Zurich.

 

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Tel +41 44 51 58 710

Sanostro and IFS cooperate

Zurich, April 11, 2017. Sanostro today announced a cooperation with IFS Independent Financial Services Ltd, based in Zurich and Lucerne to develop tailored solutions for pension funds and other institutional investors in Switzerland. IFS is a specialized consultant and asset manager with a dedicated team focusing on solutions for institutional investors and large private investors.

“We are very happy about this cooperation. With IFS’s experience, client knowledge and implementation power we will be able to structure highly targeted solutions for sophisticated investors like pension funds” said Vincent Couson, Partner at Sanostro. “We see Sanostro as a highly innovative partner in the space of dynamically managed investment solutions with good values. Together we can define intelligent and lean solutions that are made for the benefit of the client and their beneficiaries” added Mario Almer, Executive Director of IFS. “We are starting with a dynamically managed equity solution, which will help pension funds stay invested in equity and harvest the risk premium while effectively managing the downside risk. “

 

About IFS
IFS is an independent asset management boutique at the locations Zurich and Lucerne. The company specializes in providing independent advice to institutional and sophisticated private clients in the area of active asset management. The company was founded in 2003 and has since 2015 the FINMA approval as an asset manager of collective investment schemes, which also includes the admission as an asset manager of the occupational pension scheme by the OAK BV Supervision Commission. IFS combines the flexibility, independence and discretion of a local partner with the soundness and financial strength of an internationally active Swiss private bank. Through the outsourcing of the administrative divisions, IFS can fully concentrate on its clients and on advising and managing the assets efficiently. Further information is available at www.ifsag.ch.

 

About Sanostro
Sanostro is a highly innovative provider of hedge fund intelligence. The company was founded on the belief that intelligence of the leading quantitative managers should be used to help investors make investment decisions and that risk management must not be expensive. Sanostro has built a global platform of quantitative managers to offer systematic, model-based hedging solutions and tactical asset allocation models to institutional investors. Clients use Sanostro flexibly to manage their FX, equity, commodity and bond portfolios through tailor-made solutions. Sanostro cooperates with some of the most respected quantitative investment managers in the hedge fund space and is headquartered in Zurich. Further information is available at www.sanostro.com.

 

Contact
Sanostro AG
Tel +41 44 51 58 710

Sanostro and Divas Asset Management Cooperate

Zurich, February 17, 2017.  Sanostro today announced a cooperation with DIVAS Asset Management based in Waedenswil, Zurich, to develop tailored solutions for the insurance industry. “We know and highly respect the people from DIVAS since a long time and look forward to developing specialized solutions with them – mainly for the insurance industry,” said Wolfgang Batt, Partner at Sanostro. “We are very pleased to work with Sanostro,” added Mr. Habshush, CEO of DIVAS. “We are starting our combined efforts at such an exciting time, as both firms seek to further expand their activities in a fast changing market place. We are looking forward to working closely with Sanostro to identify attractive opportunities and grow our businesses.”

 

About DIVAS Asset Management
DIVAS Asset Management AG was founded to develop new paths within the traditional asset management and derivative solution space.  DIVAS is dedicated to create product solutions in a tailored, transparent and innovative way while aiming for a best price and risk adjusted performance. Further information is available at http://www.derivativesolution.com.

 

About Sanostro
Sanostro is a highly innovative provider of hedge fund intelligence. The company was founded on the belief that intelligence of the leading quantitative managers should be used to help investors make investment decisions and that risk management must not be expensive. Sanostro has built a global platform of quantitative managers to offer systematic, model-based hedging solutions and tactical asset allocation models to institutional investors. Clients use Sanostro flexibly to manage their FX, equity, commodity and bond portfolios through tailor-made solutions. Sanostro cooperates with some of the most respected quantitative investment managers in the hedge fund space and is headquartered in Zurich. Further information is available at www.sanostro.com.

 

Contact
Sanostro AG
Tel +41 44 51 58 710

Sanostro Becomes Avaloq Software Partner

Zurich, October 17, 2016. Sanostro teams up with Avaloq to provide automated foreign exchange (FX) robo-advisory solutions. As of today, Avaloq’s clients will be able to implement FX hedging signals from Sanostro directly into their wealth management and treasury systems. Sanostro’s adapter allows a bank using the Avaloq Banking Suite and customers to choose among leading quantitative managers, including external and in-house experts, to efficiently manage FX exposures within predefined limits. For example this allows portfolio managers to focus on their core investment competencies, such as stock picking and bond selection, while outsourcing the FX decision in an effective way. Treasuries will benefit from automation and the potential to stabilise the asset base in higher volatility environments. Find the announcement by Avaloq here.

 

About Avaloq

The Avaloq group is an internationally leading Fintech company providing integrated and comprehensive solutions for wealth management, universal and retail banks. It has a reputation for the highest standards in engineering excellence, is passionate about innovation and invests more in R&D than any other provider for the financial industry. The company’s meticulous and uncompromising attention to detail has enabled it to achieve a unique 100% success rate in its implementation of banking solutions around the world. The entire Avaloq Banking Suite is consistently designed throughout and delivers unique business benefits to its users as well as strong technical performance. Avaloq is the only independent provider for the financial industry to both develop and operate its own software. Business process and IT outsourcing solutions are offered from Avaloq’s BPO centres in Switzerland and Germany. The company employs more than 2,200 highly qualified banking and IT specialists and has a global customer base of more than 450 financial institutions in over 20 countries worldwide, including tier one banks in the most demanding financial centres. Headquartered in Switzerland, Avaloq has branches in Berlin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Leipzig, London, Lugano, Luxembourg, Paris, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich. It has development centres in Zurich, Edinburgh and Manila. Further information is available at www.avaloq.com.

 

About Sanostro
Sanostro is a highly innovative provider of hedge fund intelligence. The company was founded on the belief that intelligence of the leading quantitative managers should be used to help investors make investment decisions and that risk management must not be expensive. Sanostro has built a global platform of quantitative managers to offer systematic, model-based hedging solutions and tactical asset allocation models to institutional investors. Clients use Sanostro flexibly to manage their FX, equity, commodity and bond portfolios through tailor-made solutions. Sanostro cooperates with some of the most respected quantitative investment managers in the hedge fund space and is headquartered in Zurich. Further information is available at www.sanostro.com.

 

Contact
Sanostro AG
Tel +41 44 51 58 710

 

Sanostro in the News

Notes on a Successful Tail-Hedge Strategy

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This article features an interview with Sanostro. “If downside protection was your aim and you were fully hedged against the S&P 500 by 2016’s second day of trading, then, firstly, congratulations. Secondly, might we ask how, precisely, were you able to pull off such a deft tactical move? This question was posed to Sanostro, who’s taking something of a victory lap these days. They are feeling confident having advised, essentially, a “risk off” call starting in early January and lasting until early March. Firm founders insist that what they do works better timing-wise than gut feelings or fundamentals.”

 

The Huge Implications of Cheaper Oil Examined

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The outlook for oil has been a recent discussion topic for investors, shown in this Q&A thread. The fall in the price of oil to a low of $27/barrel has hit oil-dependent countries and energy producers, as well as adding deflationary pressures to the global economy.
Uncertainty around the price of oil has increased geopolitical tension and raised political risk, which will also be affected by Brexit, the refugee problem in Europe and the US election during 2016.  At its current valuation, oil is an investment opportunity according to some experts, but they warn that oil ETFs may not be the best way to play it.

 

Loonie – Opportunity of the Year

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Did you know that large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of planet earth? Sadly, this random fact does not apply to the country’s currency over the past three years. If anything it feels like there’s more, not less gravity on the Loonie than any other G7 currency in the world. Yet, if you’re opportunistic, and believe in a rebound of oil, the CAD could be an interesting way to play it.

 

“Oft denkt man zu spät an eine Absicherung”

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Vincent Couson is interviewed by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) about the importance of risk management.

 

Prepare for the Bear While You’re Running With the Bull

Please find the article here, as well as a clip on the topic here.

The current bull market is now in its 80th month. In other words, the rally that started in March 2009 is now the third longest bull market in history, and is proving to be quite resilient. For now, only two other bull markets have outrun it: The great stock marathon that began after the savings and loan crisis in 1990 (that was subsequently interrupted by the Russian Debt Default and LTCM) and the Cold War run, from 1949 – 56.

The graph in this article compares the duration of the current bull market with previous ones for the S&P 500 and the investment gains over the 13 longest bull periods with what was lost in the following bear market (assuming one stayed fully invested throughout).

The average bear market wiped out more than 70 % of the investment gains from the previous bull market.

 

Can Market Signals Tell You When to Hedge? 

Access the Investor Intelligence Network to read the article here.

For investors looking to use downside protection on a cost-effective basis, implementing a hedge via index futures is a good option. But deciding when to implement the hedge is a critical decision. Sanostro recently detected market signals indicating that investors should move to a fully hedged position. The signal was triggered on August 21, 2015, at an early stage of the current market turmoil. This meant investors using its signals were protected on August 24, when equity markets incurred significant losses.​ To get a little more detail on how the signals Sanostro uses work, IIN recently spoke to Walter Brägger.

 

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