CAIS has been awarded the 2016 WealthManagement.com Industry Award for Hedge Funds/Private Equity, in recognition of pioneering access to alternative investment funds and its expanded efforts with Mercer and Fidelity Institutional to level the playing field for independent financial advisors. The WealthManagement.com Industry Awards recognize the companies and organizations that support financial advisor success; over 400 Industry Award nominations were submitted by more than 300 companies, from which a panel of distinguished judges selected the winners.
“The CAIS team is honored to accept this award. It reinforces our core value proposition to the independent wealth management industry of improved access, information and operational efficiency for alternative investment funds and products”, said Matt Brown, CAIS Founder and CEO. “CAIS will continue to democratize access to in-demand financial products and remain the go-to platform for registered investment advisors”, Mr. Brown continued.
Founded in 2009, CAIS is the leading fintech platform offering registered investment advisors (RIAs) and other wealth managers access to a diverse menu of third-party funds and products. The platform couples the advantages of product access with end-to-end electronic execution and reporting, allowing advisors to overcome many of the hurdles associated with adding alternative investments to client portfolios.
The platform offers an expanding menu of hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds from both established and emerging asset managers. All funds are required to undergo independent due diligence by Mercer and summary reports and ratings are made available on the platform to all advisor members.
“This award comes at a time when many leading asset management firms seek efficient access to the fragmented RIA channel. CAIS continues to lead the industry and is uniquely positioned as the platform of choice for those firms”, commented Cara Williams, Mercer Senior Partner and Global Head of Wealth Manager Solutions.
CAIS has leveraged its dynamic technology platform to engage with independent financial advisors throughout the advisor ecosystem. Integrations with major wealth management custodians and reporting platforms offer single sign-on and data exchange capabilities for automatic enrollment as a CAIS Platform Member. Membership is complimentary and affords advisors a personalized user experience as well as access to premier research content. Wealth management firms that clear or custody with Fidelity Institutional can also seamlessly sign into the CAIS platform to access a wide variety of fund managers and strategies.
CAIS is the pioneer in democratizing access to and education about alternative investments for independent financial advisors, empowering them to engage and transact with leading asset managers on a massive scale. CAIS delivers industry-leading technology, operational efficiency, and world-class client service throughout the pre-trade, trade, and post-trade experience.
CAIS provides 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 withstand ever-changing markets. CAIS also helps advisors create custom fund vehicles around ideas they source
As an extension of the platform, CAIS delivers an on-demand, online learning experience, CAIS IQ, which is designed exclusively to help 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. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with the leading US custodians and reporting providers, which makes investing in alternatives simpler.
Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, supports over 32,000 advisors who oversee more than $4 trillion in network assets. Since its inception, CAIS has facilitated over $25 billion in transaction volume. CAIS has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and London. For more information about CAIS, please visit www.caisgroup.com.
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