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The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

Are Machines Racist? Are algorithms and artificial intelligence inherently prejudiced? Do Facebook, Google, and Twitter have political biases? Those answers are complicated. But if the question is whether the tech industry doing enough to address these biases, the straightforward response is no. Yaël Eisenstat is a former CIA officer, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, and…

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Total Return Swaps & How Investors Can Use Them to Boost Returns

On January 29, 2019 John Dukich, founder and president of Ferential Systems, gave a presentation on the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable’s monthly call on total return swaps -some of the ways that investors are using them to boost returns, the processing requirements and some of the issues investors face when using them. The PowerPoint…

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Cryptocurrency: Compliance Challenges & IRS Enforcement 

Cryptocurrency, or virtual currency, is now a significant player in the investment marketplace, and, as a result, many challenging legal and regulatory questions have been raised across the globe. While cryptocurrency and its utilized technologies could radically change business processes, its inherently decentralized nature could serve as a vehicle for sinister activity and a challenge…

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Seeking Alpha In The Alternative Data Universe

Bloomberg Professional Services – Data and talent have become the key focal points of investment firms as they continuously seek untapped sources of alpha. The goal is to use systematic strategies powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to quickly parse through countless rows of data for valuable signals about asset behavior. Alternative data, or non-traditional…

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Slowly But Surely, Women Are Changing Fintech

Bloomberg Professional Services – Growing gender diversity, and more open conversations surrounding it, are having an impact on financial technology that’s as fundamental as it is subtle: As more women take on fintech roles at almost every level, their influence is driving user-centric product design and rapid development timelines. That dynamic was evident during a recent…

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System and Organization Controls (SOC): 20 questions with Baker Tilly

Significant changes to SOC reports have occurred within the last two years. As organizations navigate their first of examinations under the new SSAE 18 standard, pitfalls are likely to surface. In addition, the Association of International Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), recently released guidance identifying the differences between SOC for Cybersecurity and SOC 2®, which could…

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The Center for Audit Quality Releases New Guidance on Cybersecurity Risk Management Oversight: A Tool for Board Members

As more and more companies suffer data breaches, scrutiny and legislative obligations increase for management and board members in their oversight roles regarding cybersecurity risk management. On April 12, 2018, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) released the publication, “Cybersecurity Risk Management Oversight: A Tool for Board Members,” to help guide board members in discussions…

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