13 August 2014
meetinvest, as an idea, has always been about sharing and collaboration.
Sharing investment knowledge to empower everyone and providing world class digital investment solutions to wealth management financial institutions.
We provide an easy-to-use, jargon-free, expert based stock screening tool monitoring 69,000 stocks on a daily basis in 128 countries. The purpose? To easily source and access the most promising stocks and allow users to make better investment decisions.
For Financial Institutions:
We provide sophisticated, and highly scalable digital B2B2C investment solutions for the global wealth management industry. We have built the world’s first single-stock, expert-based, algorithm-driven Robo Advisor, consisting of an expert team builder, portfolio builder and a portfolio management tool to make better and more systematic investment decisions.
For wealth management firms, it’s a powerful, scalable proposition to be platformed to their clients, designed as a white label “plug and play” solution. It allows their clients to invest like the world’s best investment legends, assisted and supported by this smart digital investment advisor.
For investment advisors, brokers and funds management firms, it can be platformed for internal use to reduce production costs significantly and increase the quality of the output.
Furthermore, the investment process and systematics are more transparent than ever and addresses the latest regulatory and compliance requirements.
In the Summer of 2014, our journey started when I, Maria, got interested, as a trained TV-journalist, into the world of stock investing. So, I started by reading the financial pages, and although it all sounded very impressive it wasn’t straight-forward to me. I bought some investment books, talked to friends, and even spoke to a few financial advisors. The problem was that most of the time the only answers I received were heavy on financial jargon and light on simple practical explanations. Working through the published works of the likes of Buffett, Templeton, and O’Neil will provide you with a wealth of information, but it can be very daunting.
Then I discovered the German award winning Fund Manager Susan Levermann. Her success rate was very impressive, but her investment thinking didn’t feel nearly as intimidating. In fact, she provided almost exactly what I was looking for all this time: a how-to guide for do-it-yourself (DIY) investors. I brought my new find to my husband Michel, a veteran of the financial industry for a second opinion. He was not easily impressed, but after going through the book, he agreed that it was worth a try to program the success formulas and back-test those 14-years which covered also two of the worst bear markets in recent history. The result was even more convincing and in that moment the principles of meetinvest were born.
Motivated by that, we then decided to look into other investment legends that also provided success formulas publicly in form of books or research papers and performed the same exercise again with astonishing results. Creating a stock-screening tool for our own use quickly became something we also wanted to provide for anyone else out there. The rapid growth of our user base on the free version and countless daily comments confirmed that what we were providing was meaningful and that there are many people out there with the same ‘need’ I had.
The growing requests to connect our free stock-screening tool with online brokers and custodian banks and our wish to keep the stock screening tool for free, pushed us into the next step of our journey. Our natural evolution meant building an even more comprehensive, commercial product: the first of its kind, single stock Robo Adviser. Driven by a “catch all” algorithm, our Robo can now create, build, and manage portfolios, supported by a 24/7 digital research analyst which provides also immediate notifications in case a stock needs to be replaced.
We quickly grew from two to a team of 20 plus highly enthusiastic programmers, financial analysts, quants, art directors, creatives, digital growth managers, lawyers, and copy writers. Our international team consists of natives from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Russia, Venezuela, United Kingdom and the United States. Together we are working day and night to build investment tools that change the way the world invests.
Michel Jacquemai is a Swiss national and has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial industry. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Lucerne University and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA). He enjoyed a highly successful career in the asset management sector with a focus on alternative investments, including hedge fund investment strategies. Michel has published many newspaper articles and has also been featured in the Financial Times. After working as an options portfolio manager at Credit Suisse, he co-founded his own fund of hedge funds business in 2000, which was subsequently bought in 2001 by the private equity giant Partners Group, Baar/Zug, Switzerland. He became Partners Group Head of the Public Market division and member of the Executive Board. Three years after Partners Group’s IPO in 2006, he left to manage his own money and explore new ventures.
Maria Jacquemai (former Labrador)
Maria Jacquemai is a Spanish national, born and raised in Germany, who has 10 years’ experience in television as a journalist and senior producer in a managerial role in Europe and the US, and six years’ experience as a senior communications specialist for ICF Mostra in Brussels. Maria has run European, multi-million campaigns on behalf of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council in cooperation with partners such as MTV, BBC and National Geographic. Several films made through these campaigns went on to win awards at the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards. Maria’s success with ICF Mostra led to her appointment to the company’s senior management team as a member of the executive board, where she established and ran various internal departments as Director of Media, Stakeholder Management and Events. Maria left ICF Mostra in order to pursue her own venture activities.