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The investment banking industry has been going through massive changes and is struggling hard to combat cost pressure and increased regulatory changes. Banks are now increasingly leveraging technology. The research function cannot lag. Core analytical functions of research firms (in equity research, fixed income research, credit risk) have largely remained untouched by technology over the past decades. While research analysts continue to dominate analytical functions by leveraging their experience to deliver deep insights about stocks, industry, and economy, cognitive automation is a disruptive threat for research. From using Excel sheets and PowerPoint presentations for client pitches, there is a paradigm shift in the way research is expected to be delivered to clients today. Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are among the most talked about areas at global corporations, and the financial services industry is at the forefront of the revolution. The growing applicability of ML and AI is driven by three key factors: growth in computational power, increasing availability of digital data (both structured and unstructured data), and the falling cost of data infrastructure.


Within the financial services industry, asset management firms are building teams of data scientists and data engineers as extensions of the quantitative research teams or as separate distinct teams. Sell side research houses are training their research analysts in programming, typically Python, so that they can incorporate fresh insights from unstructured data to produce distinguished investment themes. Similarly, credit risk management teams of global banks are investing in cognitive solutions that tap into new age data or alternative data to generate early warning signals for any potential stress on their portfolio of borrowers. There exists a huge scope for skilled finance personnel to participate in this industry evolution and build out distinct research offerings and products based on deep knowledge of data, processes, and required outcomes. This webinar aims to create broader awareness of trends and discuss opportunities for CFA® charterholders and candidates.


This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 27 June 2019.

About the Speaker(s)

Suresh Krishnamurthy Picture
Suresh Krishnamurthy CFA

Suresh Krishnamurthy heads the global Financial Research business at CRISIL, which provides high-end research solutions to leading banks, financial institutions, and corporations across the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. His 1,100-member strong team supports clients in equity research, fixed income, and credit risk assessment. Mr. Krishnamurthy has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Earlier, he was director of Financial Sector Ratings, and managed a portfolio of banks, insurers, and shadow banks. He has managed and grown accounts across sell-side research, buy-side research, and credit risk assessment. He has been instrumental in leading various initiatives across the financial research vertical over the years relating to launch of new businesses, quality initiatives, efficiency, and productivity enhancement programs. Before joining CRISIL, Mr. Krishnamurthy worked with one of India’s financial dailies as a chief research analyst covering Indian banks and non-banks for over 9 years. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Biharilal Deora
Biharilal Deora CFA, CIPM

Biharilal Deora is a director at Abakkus Asset Manager LLP, an India-focused asset management company. His investment expertise spans a broad array of asset classes. Prior to joining Abakkus, Mr. Deora was managing corporate, family office, and university clients. He began his career as a financial analyst at leading financial services firms, such as Credit Suisse and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Deora holds a master’s degree in commerce from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.
He is a top-ranking chartered accountant and a certified financial planner. Mr. Deora serves as a director on the board of CFA Society India and is a visiting faculty member for advanced finance programs.