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New Study Seeks Industry Benchmarks for Hedge Fund Technology Purchases

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NEW YORK (–A survey launched by PA Consulting Group investigates how managers across different strategies use technology in trading and portfolio management.

The main goal is to understand industry practices regarding pre-trade, execution and post-trade technologies. There also are questions about the risk management, position keeping and portfolio management features of major technology products.

The survey includes queries about instruments traded by the fund, the drivers of its investment technology choices and the relative importance to the manager of different features. Responders are asked to rank service providers.

According to PA’s Peter Stockman, the author of the survey, the resulting report will analyze how hedge fund managers use technology to achieve high standards and what investments they are making in this area.

Participants will get a copy of the findings. The survey is online at

Previous surveys, for instance by New York-based CarbonBased Consulting Inc., suggest that hedge fund technology spending is on the rise but that smaller funds in particular may not always get the products that are right for their particular business (see).

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