Research 2.0 is not an investment bank, broker/dealer or registered investment advisor. We do not make investment recommendations or directly handle client money. Everything we do is for information purposes only and we run our business as an independent research firm (like Gartner Group) with a business and investment perspective.
Research 2.0 does not solicit interest in or deal in any way with investment securities. We may make introductions between companies and investors but never act as an intermediary or broker capacity. Again everything we do is for enlightenment and informational purposes only.
Square Dealing Rules
Research 2.0 has implemented a set of rules and policies to ensure high integrity practices and fair dealing with both our clients and the general public. Here are some examples:
- Research 2.0 protects confidential and private information and requires all employees working on client projects to have signed agreements in place with us to ensure everyone on the team is in compliance.
- The company and employees disclose information like a stock position or fee arrangement directly in published content. Our philosophy is that if a research analyst should be free to own their absolute best investment ideas. But that ownership needs to be disclosed and subject to some special rules.
- Employees are required to disclose transactions in companies that are Research 2.0 clients or that we publish research on or plan to publish on in the near term.
Our aim is to be open and professional about our interests and align them with our paying clients. Market participants, players and motivations are myriad and often conflicting. Our focus is on illuminating long-term investment stories and helping our clients take advantage of them. At any point before, during and after the process R2 and employees are permitted to include companies in model portfolios and personal holdings subject to the disclosure requirements noted above.
Our contracts and subscription agreements are designed to limit risk and make it easy to start and stop projects and engagement with R2. Most of our research subscriptions are monthly and can be cancelled at anytime. Our sponsored research has clear milestones and quarterly payments and can also be cancelled anytime.
At present R2 is a virtual company with our team working online everyday rather than in a specific office location. Additionally members of R2 work on freelance and works-for-hire basis. This has given us great flexibility in meeting client demands for work with low and variable costs. As we grow we will add to our fixed cost basis with care and restraint.
Research 2.0 operates as a DBA of Blue Caterpillar LLC.