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Edward Flores
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Mar 07, 2021
A.I. May Cut Costs, But It Can Also Spur Growth

A.I. May Cut Costs, But It Can Also Spur Growth

Artificial intelligence has generated considerable press for its ability to improve efficiency, perform certain tasks at a speed and level of accuracy beyond human reach, and potentially save businesses on costs through automation. AI certainly offers a chance to save money and increase the bottom line, but what if thinking about AI only in terms of cost cutting paints an incomplete picture? Can AI not only save businesses money, but create value as well?

[[24]7.ai co-founder and CEO PV Kannan and business strategy author Josh Bernoff pose this question in a recent article for Barron’s, arguing that AI is more than a savings tool – its “real value…may well be in generating revenue and growth, not in cutting headcount.”

The value add from AI comes in the form of an improved customer experience, due in part to now-ubiquitous tools like chatbots. One notable success story comes courtesy of TGI Fridays, who offers “an irreverent, brand-appropriate chatbot available through Facebook Messenger and Twitter.” This millennial-geared tool is available for interaction 24/7 and has proven exceptionally valuable to the restaurant chain’s bottom line during business hours – it “has boosted the chain’s takeout orders by $150 million a year.”

But value isn’t solely derived from automation itself – the real driver is “getting rid of friction in customers’ interactions with companies.” Kannan’s company worked in conjunction with Dish Network to create an automated support bot called DiVA, which eventually handled “4 million customer interactions per year…[or] the most common 30% of customer questions.” Its ability to facilitate last-minute pay-per-view orders meant an additional $6 million in event revenue for Dish; it also provided “an infinitely patient and consistent machine that provides definitive answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” for Dish customers.

Virtual agents have proven efficiency benefits as well. Their capacity to sort through information within a pre-programmed set of parameters means a way to separate the wheat from the chaff in processes like identifying sales leads. Kannan cites inbound marketing and sales software developer HubSpot’s Facebook Messenger chatbot as one success story: the bot “suggests useful content, pre-qualifies leads, and connects prospects with HubSpot’s salespeople,” leading to a higher quality of sales lead – one that is “40% more likely to engage productively with a salesperson.” Virtual agents can also collect information in advance of an interaction with a human agent – rental car service Avis-Budget “[collects] five key pieces” before passing the customer to a human employee, like pick-up and drop-off times and locations, creating a smoother customer experience.

Businesses are enjoying the value of automation, but it is clear that viewing AI as a simple cost cutting tool is just a piece of the puzzle. Artificial intelligence can build a better customer experience – and companies in the know can reap the financial benefits from not just cuts, but the ensuing growth.

The Investment and Financial Industry Faces the Same A.I.-Driven Revolution

Hedge funds and large institutional investors have been using Artificial Intelligence to analyze large data sets for investment opportunities, and they have also unleashed A.I. on charts to discover patterns and trends. Not only can the A.I. scan thousands of individual securities and cryptocurrencies for patterns and trends, and it generate trade ideas based on what it finds. Hedge funds have had a leg-up on the retail investor for some time now.

Not anymore. Tickeron has launched a new investment platform, and it is designed to give retail investors access to sophisticated AI for a multitude of functions:

  • Finding stock patterns in the market
  • Finding trends in the stock market
  • Testing portfolios to see if they are well-diversified
  • Back-testing statistics to see how different stock patterns generated trading results
  • Making Predictions for price movements in the future, with “A.I. Rank” and level of confidence in the trade.

And much more. No longer is AI just confined to the biggest hedge funds in the world. It can now be accessed by everyday investors. Learn how on Tickeron.com.

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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
published in Blogs
Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
published in Blogs
Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
published in Blogs
Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.
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