Alpha capture system
An alpha capture system is a computer system that enables investment banks and other organizations to submit "trading ideas" or "trade ideas" to clients in a written electronic format, for example TIM Group's TIM Ideas product or Bloomberg LP's Trade Ideas product.
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The term alpha capture refers to the aim of such systems to help investors find alpha or market-beating returns on investments. Submitted trade ideas are accompanied by a rationale, timeframe and conviction level and enable investors to quantify and monitor the performance of different ideas.