How GPN Changed the Merchant Acquiring Biz Aug22

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At the time, Global Payments (ticker GPN) acquisition of Accelerated Payment Technology (APT) for $413 million did not seem to be a milestone event. GPN’s stock in mid-August of 2012 was roughly $20 per share, and the deal to acquire this fully- integrated software solution was met with a resounding yawn. Henry David Thoreau is not usually considered a luminary for financial or stock market wisdom, but we find one of his quotes quite appropriate: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Five years after its modest APT acquisition, GPN has dramatically altered the traditional merchant acquiring industry. At $95 per share, up nearly 400%, GPN’s stock reflects its 1st mover advantage

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When AI Becomes the New Investment Option Aug3

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Artificial Intelligence as a locus of investment is very tempting for asset owners. Expectations for AI are lofty, ranging from cost savings, creating productive capacity, and enabling human cognitive capabilities, resulting meaningful impact on portfolio returns. We did an analysis of popular Google Search terms including AI as a key word along with standard fund investment options, and as seen below, AI was dramatically more popular

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Global Investing As We Enter The New Technology Paradigm Jan6

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The world is entering the final 10 years of the old technological paradigm, and within the next decade we will experience the most profound technological revolution of the last 100 years. This historical inflection point will lead to a fundamental overhaul of the way we think about energy, transportation and manufacturing. Technological changes will force societal, political, and macroeconomic changes. The way we think about global and emerging markets will also change

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Cybersecurity for Fund Managers: Practical Guide to Data Loss Prevention Sep2

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Fund managers now face increasingly complicated task of securing financial data, investor information, intellectual property, and trade secrets from getting compromised or breached. Restricting the use of USB ports on desktops and laptops for business purposes is indeed a step forward, yet it is only a baby step. With new Data Loss Prevention (“DLP”) tools promising the technological sophistication, there are still many risk controls that need to be carved in stone in order to comply with regulatory and investor demands. This guide is intended to help fund managers prioritize their efforts for data-centric diligence by gaining practical understanding of the DLP concept and emerging DLP technologies

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Tech Update: Cybersecurity, Ransomeware and Disaster Recovery Aug11

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Having the proper disaster recovery systems in place help firms remain resilient in the wake of technology disruptions such as a security breaches, natural disasters or other system outages. At risk is not only the firm’s reputation and productivity, but also incalculable amounts of money that could be lost if a firm is not able to access their market data. In this video, cybersecurity leaders from ACE IT Solutions and Datto explain how to achieve real business continuity

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