Who is ECAM?
Emirates Capital Asset Management (ECAM) was originally started in 2006 in response to extensive requests from Emirates Airlines pilots looking to receive financial analysis to assist in the management of their Emirates Airlines Group Provident Scheme accounts.
It was observed at the time that many Emirates pilots had little or no investment experience to fall back on when attempting to manage their defined contribution company Provident Scheme positions and ongoing monthly contributions. During the stormy bear market of 2000-2002 most Emirates pilots lost significant sums in their Provident Fund accounts during which time ECAM had rotated 100% into cash (due to ECAM's models sensing increased market stress and indicating it was appropriate to move out of risk assets into cash). In discussion with a number of these individuals it became clear a service was needed to assist Emirates pilots going forward with their investments.
Named after an aircraft systems monitoring device used in current generation Airbus aircraft (known as an "Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor"), ECAM began as an informational investment analysis service dedicated to monitoring market conditions and providing subscribers with investment information based upon technical indicators and corresponding investment strategies.
The initial service took the form of a popular blog site whereby current market observations and chart analysis was presented on an infrequent basis (along with recommended portfolio positioning). However, the overwhelming number of requests from individuals to receive more in-depth and targeted investment guidance and retirement planning tools led to the decision to offer a more structured professional advisory service.