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WEBINAR: PART 2: Aberdeen Group Shares Their Secrets to Back Office Productivity

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Back Office Webinar Series


Are your Back Office operations in need of transformation? If you are thinking about how to introduce more transparency, drive alignment and motivate employees, start with this Back Office pro series. These three webinars will explore how to better use technology and apply best practices to reduce cost and improve service in your operation.


Aberdeen Group Shares Their Secrets to Back Office Productivity
October 29th, 2014. 1:00PM EST

Part 2

Attention Back Office leaders--find out how you stack up to your peers. In this webinar, analyst firm The Aberdeen Group, will share the results of its research into Back Office best practices:

  • The statistical benefit of visibility into productivity
  • The HUGE difference in employee engagement enjoyed by best-in-class operations
  • The impact on profit of evolving into an integrated back office

This will be a data-rich, fast-paced review of survey results. See where the bar is set, and spark ideas for gaining more visibility into your back office.

Omer Minkara

Omer Minkara, Research Director, Aberdeen Group

Omer Minkara is the Research Director leading Customer Experience Management research within Aberdeen Group. In his research, Omer covers the Best-in-Class practices and emerging trends in the technologies and business processes used to enhance customer experience across multiple interaction channels. 

Nick Castellina

Nick Castellina, Research Director, Aberdeen Group

Nick Castellina is the Research Director for the Aberdeen Group’s Business Planning and Execution practice. Castellina joined Aberdeen in 2010; with his primary research focused on the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. His enterprise applications research explores how ERP is used differently across industries, and how it can apply to all roles within the organization.

3 Best Practices You're Missing in the Back Office
November 12th, 2014. 1:00PM EST

Part 3

There are so many demands on today's Back Office leader that you can spend all your days focused only on your program and challenges. This webinar is an opportunity to get out of the weeds. Keith Dawson of analyst firm, Ovum, will share three Back Office best practices from three very different industries.

While every Back Office program is unique-whether it be mortgage processing, account management or loan handling-there are plenty of shared similarities. Take this chance to gather practical ideas based on how your peers have already solved problems you face today.

Keith Dawson

Keith Dawson, Senior Analyst, Ovum

Keith Dawson is part of Ovum’s customer interaction team, where he covers contact center and back office technologies, including infrastructure, software, and services. His particular interest in recent years has been the customer experience: how to measure it, and how companies can manage that experience across the contact center and back office.


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Who Cares What the Market Does?


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We've uncovered an improbable energy development so you can outsmart Obama at his own game...

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Technical Tuesday: Who Cares What the Market Does?

Christopher Rowe, Technical Strategist, The Oxford Club

Christopher Rowe Confused about which direction the stock market is going?

Don't sweat it!

I have a solution you're going to love.

Investors still make sizable profits in "market neutral" positions in the form of "pairs" positions.

Many do it incorrectly, so let's go over a few examples to make sure you're on the right path.

A pairs position is constructed using two separate positions as one.

You buy one investment vehicle and sell short the exact same dollar amount of another investment vehicle. (When you sell short, you make money if the position declines and vice versa.)

If the stock market declines by 50%, knocking down the position you bought as well as the one you sold short, you're profitable as long as the one you bought declined by less.

When the strategy is used with two individual stocks, there's always the "company risk" like one company suddenly being acquired or being investigated by the SEC for accounting fraud.

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) reduce that risk to a fraction because they represent a diversified basket of stocks.

They are ideal since they allow exposure to various sectors, styles or asset classes.

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Position Size

If your long position (the one you bought) advances by 35% and your short position advances by 20%, then your long position had a 15% outperformance.

What if you bought $10,000 of one and sold short $10,000 of the other?

You would have made 7.5% (minus trading expenses) because you lost $2,000 on one side and gained $3,500 on the other, and $1,500 is 7.5% of the total $20,000 invested.

So to realize the entire outperformance as a profit you can use the same capital commitment of $20,000 to take a $40,000 position.

How? Margin allows investors to borrow from their broker. I can make a $40,000 investment as long as I have $20,000 cash in the account. Be sure to take margin interest rates into consideration and discuss with your broker whether a margin account is appropriate for you.

The other consideration is that exchange traded funds represent a basket of stocks.

So I'm comfortable having 80% of my entire stock portfolio invested in a single ETF representing the S&P 500, as it currently represents 504 stocks across 10 major sectors.

What Not to Do

Don't apply this strategy with two securities that aren't similar in some way.

Avoid using two securities that have an inverse relationship because if one goes up while the other goes down, it's a double whammy of profits or losses.

So, for instance, I wouldn't want to sell short the energy sector and go long on the U.S. dollar since the dollar puts inverse pressure on commodity prices in general.

Also, make sure there isn't an enormous difference in volatility between the two positions. The idea here is to lean toward a market-neutral position, and if one security is simply more volatile than the other, it may go up by more in an up market or down by more in a down market.

Pairs Trading Examples

In the following examples, I'll illustrate the difference between two securities over the past six months by showing you the absolute outperformance as well as the relative strength chart of one security versus the other.

The relative strength charts represent outperformance, so when it's advancing, the first security is outperforming the second and vice versa.


You may have noticed that biotech has been the strongest sector in 2014.

You may have also seen how consumer discretionary (a.k.a. consumer cyclicals), which led the bull market until early this year, began underperforming every other sector in February.

If you're like me and believe that recent trends are the best trends to invest in, you might have bought $10,000 worth of the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index ETF (Nasdaq: IBB) and shorted $10,000 worth of the Consumer Discretionary SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLY).

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Over the past six months:

  • The biotech ETF advanced by 19.66%, gaining $1,966.
  • The consumer discretionary ETF advanced by 0.92%, which is a loss of $92. Remember, the strategy sold short XLY, so that side of the position lost money when XLY advanced.

The net gain (not including expenses) is $1,874 (or 9.37%).

(There's an 18.74 percentage difference, but cut that in half considering there are two $10,000 positions.)


Perhaps you saw the weakness in the eurozone and realized that, for years, the U.S. equity market has been the single strongest asset class available to invest in. So you bought $10,000 worth of SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) and sold short $10,000 worth of Vanguard European VIPERs (NYSE: VGK)

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Over the past six months:

  • The S&P fund advanced by 2.08%, gaining $208.
  • The eurozone fund declined by 10.64%, gaining $1,064, so this time the strategy won on both sides.

The net gain is $1,272 (or 6.36%).


You may have thought that the Russell 2000 small cap index would outperform the S&P 500 index after lagging for a month. So you bought $10,000 worth of iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF (NYSE: IWM) and you sold short $10,000 worth of SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY).

You would have been wrong. Here's how that would have looked.

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Over the past six months:

  • The small cap ETF declined by 4.19%, losing $419.
  • The S&P fund advanced by 2.08%, losing $208, so this time the strategy lost on both sides since SPY was a short position.

The net loss is $627 (or 3.14%).

There's always a way to make money in the financial markets. And in a market like this, investors are told that they can make money only by investing in ways that make them uncomfortable.

They think they have to be brave.

But it's not true. With a strategy like this, you don't have to have a stock market stance. You can make money no matter what the market does.

Good investing,

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