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Nucleus195’s Rivelli Talks Research and New Platform

Traders Magazine Online News, September 19, 2018

John D'Antona Jr.

Research drives the bus.

But who’s in charge of the research? Or managing it?

That’s a job being looked at by Stamford, Connecticut-based Nucleus 195, a new firm founded in part by Wall Street alum Doug Rivelli. In a recent meeting with Traders Magazine, Rivelli described the new firm as looking to bring order, efficiency and transparency to the research provision market in a post-MiFID II world.

“We want to bring radical change to the interaction between investment managers and research providers worldwide,” he began. “We’re looking to eliminate workflow gaps and inefficiencies and provide a vibrant ecosystem for the brightest content producers in developed, emerging, and frontier markets, and the investment professionals who consume it.”

The Nucleus195 platform provides access to global research coverage and exceptionally strong emerging and frontier market offerings. With on-the-ground alpha-generating research from major brokers, large independent houses, and research boutiques, Nucleus195 looks to provide the buy-side with what it desires the most – actionable alpha-generating ideas and insights that will help traders meet their client’s needs.

“I’d like to think of us as more than just aresearch aggregator – that is but one component,” Rivelli said. “We’re predicated on addressing all the problems surrounding research – from transparency, direct access to research and distribution. We focus on providing tools and analytics to maximize the value of research.”

Rivelli said Nucleus looks to serve both the buy-and sell-side traders – ranging from the small independents, global bulge bracket brokers, the middle market, RIAs, private equity funds, hedge funds and others.

“The entire research model is broken as there is less and less profit to be made delivering research,” Rivelli said. “We can provide a broad-based distribution platform that benefits everyone – a whole tool kit of products.”

For example, Nucleus195 users can use the Analyst Comments feature which makes it easy to post comments related to published content and coverage areas and tag them to relevant research reports. There is also a Trader Notes feature that enables traders at sell-side firms to add local insights and market commentary on companies, sectors or markets. The Research Request feature supports business development efforts by enabling research providers to view and respond to bespoke research requests that have been posted on the platform. Lastly, there is a Content Tagging feature that allows the tagging of reports with keywords and metadata to maximize exposure in searches.

“In phase 2 of our launch, we can help facilitate video and audio, online roadshows or conference calls,” Rivelli added. “The goal is to bring all the pieces together so everyone benefits. We handle all the payments, CSA, RPA, credit cards or invoice. And the best thing is that everyone interacts with us – a single counterparty - to deal with. Brokers do not have to rely on trading to get paid for research and providers know they are getting paid.”

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