CAIS Wins 2017 Wealth Management Industry Award for Second Consecutive Year As Platform Surpasses $5 Billion Milestone
Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Hedge Funds/Private Equity due to Expanded Product Choice and Enhanced Advisor Experience
CAIS was awarded the 2017 Wealth Management Industry Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hedge Funds/Private Equity for the second year in a row at the Wealth Management Industry Awards in New York City on October 11, 2017. From a field of 500 companies across a variety of award categories, CAIS was acknowledged for the rapid expansion of its hedge fund and private equity product menu along with its efforts to integrate with other wealth management platforms and enhance the advisor experience.
CAIS hit another important industry milestone earlier this fall when it surpassed $5.0 billion in total platform volume, solidifying its position as the industry’s leading financial product platform for the independent wealth community. The company is on track to grow its curated menu of products by another 25% by year-end.
“We are 100% dedicated to providing independent advisors access to a broad selection of products and services, empowering them to compete with the large wirehouses,” said Matt Brown, CAIS Founder and CEO. “It’s gratifying to be recognized for the value we’re providing to the independent wealth industry at the same time that we are experiencing exponential organic growth.”
Founded in 2009, CAIS serves as the primary gateway to the multi-trillion dollar independent wealth channel for private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds and bank-sponsored capital markets opportunities.
The platform’s advisor-friendly dashboard offers easy access to a diversified menu of funds at lower investment minimums. Upon selecting a fund, the investment experience is streamlined through the use of existing investor profiles as well as an automated subscription process and integrated custodial reporting capabilities. All funds on the platform are required to undergo independent due diligence by Mercer and summary reports and ratings are made available on the platform to all advisor members.
Recognizing that advisors must increasingly work across multiple wealth management platforms to accomplish their goals, CAIS has focused on facilitating platform integrations that make it possible for advisors to access CAIS’s products and research from their platform of choice rather than requiring the advisor to come to CAIS’s platform.
“Our platform members include thousands of advisors across the independent wealth community including registered investment advisors, RIA aggregation platforms and independent broker-dealers,” said Brad Walker, CAIS Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments. “We are laser-focused on delivering an unparalleled platform experience to advisors as well as the many product providers that we serve.”
CAIS has integrated directly with the enterprise portals of several respected wealth management firms and members of the CAIS platform can now subscribe to receive CAIS product and research updates directly in their browsers regardless of the platform they happen to be using.
The CAIS platform has established single sign-on capabilities with the Orion, Envestnet and Tamarac platforms to allow seamless access across platforms. CAIS can now also publish content, product and research updates directly to members within the existing user experience of the Orion and Envestnet platforms. While CAIS will serve advisors in whatever platform they choose to operate, the CAIS platform’s navigation and content have also been enhanced to intuitively introduce advisors to the nuances of alternative investment asset classes and capital markets offerings via a guided tour of relevant research from Mercer and other partners.
CAIS remains committed to harnessing the full array of its distribution and technical capabilities for the entire independent wealth channel, benefiting RIAs, IBDs and product providers alike.
CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors who seek improved access to, and education about, alternative investment funds and products. CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, private debt, real estate, digital assets, and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. CAIS also offers custom solutions for advisors seeking to create custom fund vehicles around ideas they source.
As an extension of the platform, CAIS also delivers an on-demand, online learning experience, CAIS IQ, which is designed exclusively to help financial advisors deepen their knowledge and increase their confidence in alternative investment strategies.
Most funds listed on the CAIS Marketplace undergo Mercer's independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with the leading US custodians and reporting providers, which make investing in alternatives simpler.
Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering over 8,300 unique advisor firms/teams who oversee more than $3 trillion in network assets. Since its inception, CAIS has facilitated over $21 billion in transaction volume as the first truly open marketplace where financial advisors and asset managers engage and transact directly on a massive scale. CAIS has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and London. For more information about CAIS, please visit www.caisgroup.com.
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