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FINCAD enhances F3 WorkStation

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FINCAD, a provider of valuation and risk analytics for multi-asset derivatives portfolios, has made enhancements to F3, its advanced valuation and risk solution.

Central to these enhancements are a straightforward interface and improved usability, enabling quants, portfolio managers, traders, and risk managers to quickly leverage F3’s capabilities to help generate superior investment returns.
Low yields and negative interest rates are making it difficult for portfolio managers and traders to achieve their desired level of returns, and as a result, are seeking to improve returns with new strategies, additional asset classes and derivatives. At many firms, legacy systems are straining to adapt to these changes precisely when they are needed to handle the new asset classes, currencies, and instrument types. 
To help firms put their new investment strategies into action – and do so in way that is easy for quants and non-quants alike – FINCAD F3 has been enhanced with the addition of F3 WorkStation, a portfolio analytics and risk application that enables better investment decisions and risk management.
Leveraging F3’s leading valuation and risk analytics and its scalable architecture, F3 WorkStation is an intuitive web application allowing portfolio managers, traders and risk managers to quickly and accurately, price, value and manage their trades and portfolios.
James Church (pictured), vice president of product management and research & development at FINCAD, says: “In this market environment where it is very difficult to generate alpha, F3 is an important, and cost-effective solution that can help investment managers realise their investment goals. The enhancements we have made to this already powerful solution, give investment firms access to the highest level of valuation and risk analytics functionality that was once only available to tier-1 banks.”
FINCAD’s client services team of quantitative analysts and derivative specialists provide client support, develop custom solutions for clients, and often act as an extension of a clients’ own quantitative team.
Bob Park, FINCAD co-founder and CEO, says: “Up until now, investment firms’ two main options have been to either build their systems in-house from the ground-up, or buy a standard off-the-shelf product. Building in-house is unrealistic for all but the largest institutions, and most firms do not have the time, resources or expertise to invest in the development and ongoing maintenance of an in-house solution. The other option is an off-the-shelf system that has clear limits on functionality, and is difficult to customise.
“F3 is a compelling alternative to the build versus buy dilemma, and provides the best of both worlds – the built-in functionality and ease of use of off-the-shelf software, and the flexibility to customise it to your exact needs. Plus, F3 customisation can typically be accomplished in a matter of weeks, not years. This gives investment firms the freedom to develop strategies that can improve their returns, without the limits imposed by legacy technology.”

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