October 23, 2018 - Dataminr

The New Data Paradigm For Traders

For traders information is not power, it is currency. Getting access to the most accurate breaking news, therefore, is a powerful weapon for any investor. In this report we present the results of our latest piece of research which explores the proliferation of the use of alternative data as a decision-making tool for investors.

October 19, 2018 - UBS

Instagram could be a crucial stock-picking tool when investing in luxury firms

Instagram likes are now a serious metric for investors in luxury brands including Burberry, Kering-owned Gucci and Saint Laurent and LVMH labels including Dior and Louis Vuitton. Posts on the millennial-friendly platform are likely to lead to sales, according to a UBS report on European luxury.

July 15, 2018 - Blackrock

New Technologies Changing Asset Management

Each second, oceans of new data are being generated by the Internet, smartphones, satellites and other innovations. This data is commonly referred to as "Big Data" or "alternative data".

June 28, 2018 - Thinkadvisor

Expect More AI and Alternative Data in Future Research

Going forward, artificial intelligence will be a bigger factor for active managers and institutional investors, including investment advisors, and research will come from difference sources aside from investment banks and brokers, according to a new study released by Greenwich Associates and Thomson Reuters.

January 29, 2018 - Financial Times

Asset management's fight for 'alternative data' analysts heats up

Investment groups have more than quadrupled their number of "alternative data" analysts over the past five years, as asset managers scramble to unlock the potential of trading signals contained in website scrapes, language analysis, credit card purchases and satellite data

November 28, 2017 - CNBC

Making millions from the data hidden in plain sight

Hedge funds pay big bucks for "alternative data," information often hiding right under your nose, investors find value in satellite images, consumer-tracking data and information scraped from public websites.

November 22, 2017 - HQAM

Alternative Data: The Search for new alpha sources

On January 26th, 2017 healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson announced the acquisition of Actelion in a $30 billion all-cash deal - exciting news for the Swiss biotech company's investors, whose stock rose 44 percent six weeks before the publication. But a certain group of hedge funds were particularly happy - Och-Ziff Capital Management, Eton Park Capital Management and Elliott Management, which built substantial stakes in the company based on a rather unusual source of information - tracking the arrivals of the J&J Gulfstream corporate jet at Basel airport, where Actelion headquarters is located

September 20, 2017 - Quartz

Quant hedge funds are gorging on alternative data in pursuit of an investing edge

Selling data to feed hedge fund computers is one of the hottest areas of finance right now

December 11, 2016 - FT

Scraping data: the next frontier in battle for investment returns

A money manager might once have dispatched a junior grunt to the local Sears department store to gauge how sales were doing. This year a hedge fund could be peering into your emails for hints on how Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, will do in the critical Christmas quarter.

July 01, 2016 - GSAM

Text, Tone and Topic: Exploring potential benefits of natural language processing

Language is a complex and difficult problem for computers. The fastest super-computer in the world can perform up to 54 trillion calculations per second,1 yet it struggles to produce and understand our language at even a toddler's level. Vast amounts of information in the world are stored in language form, from textbooks and encyclopedias, to websites and social media, so researchers are hard at work to enable computers to bridge the divide from the digital bits and bytes to the world of language. This technology is called "Natural Language Processing" (NLP), and it represents one of most promising areas of machine learning within the field of modern computer science

January 01, 2015 - Citi

Big Data & Investment Management: The Potential to Quantify Traditionally Qualitative Factors

Investment managers who are able to harness this new approach could potentially create an information edge in their trading that would put them significantly ahead of their peers and allow them to profit from an “information arbitrage” between their expanded models and those of investment managers following more traditional analytic techniques.