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Kickstart your career and explore a plethora of opportunities in the field of Analytics

Imarticus Learning brings to you the Analytics Week from July 20th to 27th with Free 1 on 1 Career Counseling and Webinars with Industry Stalwarts helping you to choose the right Career in Analytics.

Webinar 1: Live Webinar on Analytics in Social Media

The agenda for the webinar will be to understand the Industry Landscape with social media giant Facebook and choosing your career transition.
The webinar will give you an overview of the Industry and particular case studies of Analytics on Day-to-Day Basis.

Webinar 2: Live Webinar on Analytics in Technology

The agenda will be about the understanding of the Industry Landscape with technology giant Microsoft and you will Get the required information to make your transition in Analytics and Technology to improve your current profile.

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Planning your career? Get Free Consultation from our Counselors and Spearhead in the field of Analytics

Imarticus Learning is a professional education institute focused on bridging the gap between industry & academia by offering certified industry-endorsed courses in Business Analysis.
Imarticus has organized free 1 to 1 Career Counseling, where you can get Expert Counseling on improving your current Profile.

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Asset Reconstruction and Compliance

In our #ImarticusLive webinar with Ernst & Young we did an in-depth study about Asset Reconstruction and Compliance. Mr. Abizer Diwanji and Mr Rahul Srivatsa both spoke about the distressed situations.

Branch Operations As A Career Option

Blog - Branch Operations

Banking operations is that department of a bank that is responsible for the daily legal transactions of a bank like providing loans, mortgages and investments, depending on the focus and size of the bank. One of the most important functions of the operations department is to control and manage the trade processes of a bank and of the other branches of that bank. Since there are thousands of transactions taking place every second, this job has become incredibly complex.

Branch Ops graph

 

Banking operations is a booming career option as it is expected that in the coming years banks would be on a hiring spree. Operations, as a function, requires specialized knowledge and domain expertise and this department is often viewed as the engine of the bank. Yet there is a serious shortage of candidates with the right skillsets. There are currently over 5,300 vacancies for Branch and Bank Operations professionals on Naukri (Sept, 2016), proving that the demand is outpacing the available supply.

 

Job Roles:

Job roles on offer include Branch Banking Officer, Front Office Sales Executives or Customer Relationship Managers in Executive to Managerial positions in the following types of organizations:

  • Leading private sector banks like Axis Bank, ING Vysya Bank, HDFC, Kotak, Indus Ind
  • Non-Bank Finance companies like Alankit, India Bulls, Muthoot Finance etc.
  • Insurance companies like HDFC Life, Aviva, Max New York
  • Finance companies like IndiaInfoline, Anand Rathi and Motillal Oswal

 

Average Salaries:

  • Loan Officer: Rs 178266 pa
  • Customer Service Executive: Rs 276660 pa
  • Bank Officer: Rs 333,668 pa
  • Branch Operations Manager: Rs. 621794 pa

[Source: Payscale, Indeed; Sept 2016]

 

cbo-small-01Imarticus Learning is proud to announce the launch of its Branch Operations program. This program includes comprehensive coverage of the frameworks and processes governing the Operations function in the Banking industry and covers a wide range of topics relevant to the Banking Operations function such as Finance and Accounting basics, the Indian Banking and Financial system, banking services, branch operations, rural banking, security, role of technology in banking as well as ethics and regulatory frameworks that underpin the banking sector, along with dedicated modules on banking software, personal development, and customer service excellence to create truly well-rounded professionals ready to enter the workforce.

 

Authored by Zenobia Sethna

 


 

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Imarticus Learning Wins Pride Of Indian Education Award 2016 for its Online Education & Finance Courses

Imarticus Learning received the Pride of Indian Education award 2016 for best Online Education Platform of the Year and Best Institute for Financial Education (Western India).

M&A Deals in India – April edition

M & A

by Sonya Hooja.

 

April 2016 saw a lot of action in angle funding even as Venture Capital and Private Equity came to somewhat of a standstill falling 35% during the first quarter to 90 deals primarily because of overfunding last year.

  1. Sequoia India, one of the most active VC firms in India, funds $7.5M in 90 Seconds, a video production platform

Amount: $7.5 million

Reason: Expand its operations, with a large focus on India. It aims to address the content marketing, video marketing and social media sectors, estimated to be worth $118 billion globally! What’s next for Sequoia India?

2) MyGlamm raises $6 million in Series A funding from French L’Occitane, Tano capital and Brand Capital

Amount: $6 million

Reason: Growth in eight more cities in India and also launch in the Middle East with strategic support from L’Occitane. As MyGlamm scale up, keeping up with  quality standards will be key as well as fixing attrition issues

 

3) Bright Lifecare Pvt Ltd, operator of the online drug marketplace 1mg, raises Rs 100 crore ($15 million) in a funding round by Maverick Capital Ventures, the venture capital arm of US-based hedge fund Maverick Capital.

Amount: $15 miiion

Reason: Expand the online pharmacy and diagnostics vertical. Also, launch digital health products and personalised health feeds for consumers.

 

4) Infosys invests in US analytics software firm Trifacta

Amount: Undisclosed

Reason: Not too much detail available here, but seems that Infosys is futher enhancing its analytics offerings, enabling it to compete with the data analytics boom.

 

5) Global Fashion Group (parent of Jabong) raises $339M

Global Fashion group raises another round of funding from existing investors, however the valuation takes a beating as they were valued at EUR 1 billion, a drop of almost 68% from its previous funding round when it was valued at €3.1 billion. This reflects the current zeitgiest of caution and restraint as discussed in the introduction. Investors are beginning to shift focus from transaction volume to valuting resilience of business models, unit economics and profitability.

 

Learn more about how deals feature in the lifecycle of a company and understand valuation in either the Imarticus Financial Analysis Program (IFAP) and Financial Modelling and Valution Certification (FMVC). Both programs ideal for those interested in careers in Investment Banking.

 

Imarticus Learning Now in Delhi!-Read More

Imarticus Learning is pleased to announce that we are now in Gurugram, NCR (erstwhile Gurgaon) to further its vision to become India’s leading player in Finance and Analytics professional education and add to its growing presence in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur. We are honored to have the center opened by Jayant Krishna, Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation. Imarticus learning has been working closely with NSDC to ensure program curriculum meets both the needs of corporate India as well as fulfilling Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of skill development across India.

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Value investing comes in many stripes.

First, there are the screeners, who we view as the direct descendants of the Ben Graham school of investing. They look for stocks that trade at low multiples of earnings, book value or revenues, and argue that these stocks can earn excess returns over long periods. It is not clear whether these excess returns are truly abnormal returns, rewards for having a long time horizon or just the appropriate rewards for risk that we have not adequately measured.
Second, there are contrarian value investors, who take positions in companies that have done badly in terms of stock prices and/or have acquired reputations as poorly managed or run companies. They are playing the expectations game, arguing that it is far easier for firms such as these to beat market expectations than firms that are viewed as successful firms.
Finally, there are activist investors who take positions in undervalued and/or badly managed companies and by virtue of their holdings are able to force changes in corporate policy or management that unlock this value.
What, if anything, ties all of these different strands of value investing together? In all of its forms, the common theme of value investing is that firms that are out of favor with the market, either because of their own performance or because the sector that they are in is in trouble, can be good investments.
Why does the efficient market leave a free lunch on the table in this era? The best answer is that the value phenomenon persists for the same reason it existed when Graham first conceived it: human beings behave irrationally. While investment tools have advanced, humans remain all too human, subject to the same cognitive biases that have plagued us since time immemorial. We may not be able to conquer these intrinsic behavioral weaknesses, but we can adapt our investment process to minimize them. The means to do so is: quantitative investment. Quantitative value has good investing DNA if we can trace its intellectual lineage back through Greenblatt to Buffett to Graham.
The key is to quantitatively define quality as financially strong stocks with franchises, evidenced by high returns on capital and high, stable, or growing margins through distillation.The primary rules essentially remain the same:

  1. Market should not drive one’s investment decisions.
  2. Invest decision should be driven by Intrinsic Value.
  3. Buy stocks as if you are buying a business.

However, big data is a catchphrase for a new way of conducting analysis. Big data principles are being adopted across many industries and in many varieties. However, adoption so far by investment managers has been limited. This may be creating a window Of opportunity in the industry.

Why Hadoop?

The term “big data” certainly isn’t just referring to the mounting volumes of information companies are collecting. It is just as much about the variety and velocity matters i.e. the massive amounts of unstructured data that needs to be stored, managed, cleaned and then dashed around to talk to other data or move in near real-time.
One cannot overlook the issue of volume. Estimates contend that financial and securities organizations are juggling around 3.8 petabytes per firm. Following behind the investment institutions, the banking industry is contending with around 1.9 petabytes.
The variety and need for speed on this data is the real crux of the issue—and big banks are starting to see clearer paths as they look to advanced analytics platforms outside of the traditional databases as well as to frameworks like Hadoop.
To put the real challenges in some context, we take a look at a few examples of large financial and banking institutions that are hitting the upper limits of their traditional systems and looking beyond to new analytics and framework solutions.

Morgan Stanley’s Big Data Approach

As one of the largest global financial services organizations in the world with over $300 billion in assets under its care, Morgan Stanley keeps close tabs on new frameworks and tools to manage the complex information pools that back high-stakes decisions.
The financial services giant has been vocal about how it is solving the challenges of the industry, most recently by looking to the Hadoop framework.
The limitations of the traditional databases and grid computing paradigms that served the financial giant for years were stretched to the limit.
Like several other investment banks, Morgan Stanley started to look to Hadoop as the framework of choice to support growing data size, but more importantly, data complexity and the need for solid speed. The adoption of Hadoop allowed Morgan Stanley to “bring really cheap infrastructure into a framework” that let them install Hadoop and let it handle the tasks.
The company now has a “very scalable solution for portfolio analysis. At the core of the Hadoop future at Morgan Stanley is the matter of scalability. It allows management of petabytes of data, which is unheard of in the traditional database world.

Bank of America Tackles Big Data

As one of the largest banks in the States, Bank of America has been in good company with others of the same ilk that are seeking to tap into Hadoop to manage large amounts of transaction and customer data.
Big data will create a new era for businesses of all types, spawning a “second Industrial Revolution” which will be driven by open source frameworks, including Hadoop which has the potential to be as disruptive as Linux was 20 years ago.
Hadoop enables the bank to be good custodians of cash, & increase transparency & in the larger system to drive positive change.
Hadoop in finance has fast emerged as the preferred choice for financial big data as Hadoop financial analysis has the following advantages:

  1. Segregation of data and computation to save network bandwidth and faster calculations
  2. Financial big data requires performing thousands and millions of calculations in a matter of seconds. Traditional solutions import data over the server which causes unnecessary bottlenecks over the network and interferes with other processes
  3. Hadoop in finance can be leveraged to perform calculations locally and use the network only for transmitting the results which saves precious network space for more important processes.

The differentiator that Hadoop brings is by enabling doing the same things on a much larger scale and gets better results.
To sum it up, Hadoop and Big Data in financial services has been acknowledged by world’s leading financial institutions as the way for the future.

Six Things to Do in Your Twenties

When you are in your twenties, most set out to start and define their careers. Some have even restarted and redefined their career within few months or years into their job, deciding that it was probably not what they were supposed to be doing in the first place.

Most goals seem to be career oriented such as building a strong network, having a well balanced life, but what you do during your day offs could also impact your life. Here are six things you should be doing by now in your twenties:

 

  1. Exercising

A lot of successful people live on good health and choose to lead fitter lives. Whether you choose to download a fitness app on your phone, or follow a trainer at the gym, getting in shape will help you lead a more fulfilling life.

 

  1. Learn something new

With a lot of short courses available in various fields such as big data courses in India, investment banking courses in India, or courses in any other field, there are a lot of opportunities to learn subjects in a short period of time.

 

  1. Network. Network

In a time where most people jump jobs within a short period of time, it is important to remember to maintain those connections, and not cut off ties because those connections will help you in the future. But with strong access to our circle, most of us in our twenties stay closely connected with our connections anyway.

 

  1. Travel

Travelling is something all successful people do in their down time. Travelling abroad might be expensive, but travelling within India is affordable. We crave new and exciting experiences, and learning about new cultures.

 

  1. Manage your money

We are starting off young, and have a lot of time on our side. We have a head start in saving and investing in the right funds. This will definitely set you up for a wealthy future.

  1. Follow your passion

Your days off are a perfect time to unwind. Use it to follow your passion such as reading, painting, or anything else.

 

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