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Our story

We have multi-decade combined experience in London in hedge funds, fintech firms and investment banks. In all our experiences we saw a lack of innovation in the way financial research was conducted: prone to wrong data ingestion, basic tooling, increasing team size to solve problems instead of research technology redesign.​

On the other end we were observing the revolution on the technology side to serve direct indexing businesses. It was clear that institutional clients and asset owners will spend less time and money in their current business nightmare, which is building a robust (and efficient) research process, and they will become masters in indexing personalization to remain competitive.

Etna Research was born based on the idea of leveraging a modern research infrastructure to build a unique full stack direct indexing business across traditional and digital assets. We have served some of the most sophisticated and demanding institutional clients in Europe and US from day one and we continue to expand in the major financial hubs globally

Leadership Team

Marco Jean Aboav, PhD

CEO and Head of Research

Marco boasts nearly a decade of experience in investment management as portfolio manager and quant across buyside, fintech and sell side in London. Currently associate professor of financial technology at Bayes Business School, London. PhD in industrial engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

David Ko, PhD


David has decades of experience across research and portfolio management roles in hedge funds in London and Tokyo. PhD in astrophysics at University of Exeter, research fellow at University of Oxford and University of Tokyo.

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