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December 2017

Satellites, secrets and skepticism


Traders increasingly look to satellite data to shed light on the historically opaque commodity markets; however, many remain skeptical of the technology’s accuracy. Read More

Hedge funds continue the march towards quant


About 70% of hedge funds will enter 2018 with computer-driven strategies, up from just 47% a year ago. Read More

Holiday reading: AI/ML in financial markets

Financial Stability Board

This white paper is an unbiased primer on applications of AI across financial markets. Enjoy with a holiday beverage. Read More

10 things to know about machine learning

Hacker Noon

This listicle from longtime ML practitioner Daniel Tunkelang is the perfect primer for non-experts. Read More

Google beats Apple hands down when it comes to maps

Justin O’Beirne

In the last year, Google Maps has added more buildings, houses, trailers, garages and other structures to its platform. Apple has not. Read More

Blue sedans versus red trucks


Turns out that neighborhood demographics and political leanings can be guaged based on the type of car in your driveway — data that’s readily available thanks to Google Maps. Read More

Fueling growth through data monetization

McKinsey & Company

Data begets data. McKinsey’s recent data and analytics survey shows that 41% of all firms monetize their data – a number that is poised to grow. Read More

Alternative Data Conference


Less than a month until ADC 18. See the full lineup of speakers and reserve your spot before the holidays! Read More

Darwin wins again

This article paints a picture of the future, where alternative data is commoditized and firms have adapted to datasets that don’t fit current models. Read More

Man AHL pushes boundaries with machine learning

Man AHL is cautiously optimistic about its ML order-routing algorithm. Read More

AQR is in the game

Financial Times

After years of factor investing, AQR has begun testing automated trading strategies that rely on alternative data to find profitable patterns. Read More

Using AI to forecast fundamentals, not stock prices

Bloomberg Technology

Although Euclidean Technologies’ AI price prediction failed, their new technique, which focuses instead on company fundamentals, handily beat their standard statistical model. Read More

Voleon keeps plowing ahead

The Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Voleon Group remains 100% focused on machine learning — even if that means mixed results. Read More

Left to their own devices, ML techniques prone to “overfitting”

The Economist

Although San Francisco hedge funds predictably embrace machine learning, it’s humans who execute the actual trades. Read More

The big five get bigger


Technology firms have already entered finance — Alibaba’s $235.6B money market fund comes to mind. How will banks react when Google and Amazon get in the game? Read More

The buy-side hiring outlook for the US in 2018


Recruiters offer insight into what 2018 has in store for hedge funds, including a focus on revenue generating roles, a move to long-only funds and the rise of domain experts. Read More

Meet the man who made Python relevant


Mathlete Wes McKinney runs the world’s most popular Python tool — in his spare time. Read More

Quant fund investing in humans not algorithms

FT Alphaville

While the AI discussion tends to revolve around machine replacing man, Two Sigma is doing just the opposite: investing in human talent. Read More

Bloomberg’s terminal makes a comeback


Two Sigma must be onto something. Amid the supposed disappearance of human traders, terminal subscription growth suggests otherwise. Read More

How far will AI go?


Today’s small group of fully automated AI strategies are off to a middling start, underperforming relative to the S&P. But that is poised to change. Read More

Hiking pay for junior hedge fund employees


The buy-side is redistributing wealth in what is being dubbed the “juniorisation of the trading floor”. Read More

The data economy gets a boost

The Register

Chief Data Officers are now on the hook for revenue generation and value creation, leading to increasing sophistication in their skillsets. Read More

Everyone’s a quant

Institutional Investor

Hyperplane invests $2.4M in start-up Elsen, a machine-learning company hoping to make it easy for non-quants to test and discover new investment strategies. Read More

New data product from M Science

M Science

M Science launches its Alibaba ad-spending data product, an in-depth, near real-time view of top revenue-driving metrics for the Chinese juggernaut. Read More

Day one of Newsweek conference

International Business Times

Ian Allison summarizes the first day of the Newsweek conference, in case you missed it. Read More

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