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February 2017

Fudged numbers won’t make the US grow faster

Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s Noah Smith examines the real risks of “alternative facts” and illustrates how alternative data’s importance could be elevated in this new landscape. Read More

Can Wall Street embrace the open source movement?

Wired

Numerai’s 29-year-old CEO launched a new digital currency and trading system for his AI hedge fund, which rewards collaboration as opposed to greed. Read More

Re-imagining active investment management

Hedge Funds Club

Younger hedge funds are capitalizing on three modern themes: alternative data, the gig economy and the end of Two and Twenty. Read More

Peter Lynch was the earliest adopter of alt data

Integrity Research Associates

Turns out that some uber-progressive sentiment strategies are nothing more than a scaled update of Peter Lynch’s successful recipe for the Magellan Fund. Read More

Stanford researchers measure African farm yields with high-res satellites

Stanford News

Terra Bella satellite images of African farms prove detailed enough to accurately measure and predict crop yields, according to researchers at Stanford University. Read More

Big data to become new revenue generator for Latin American telcos

MarketWatch

LatAm telcos seek new revenue strategies by doubling down on their data collection efforts to create saleable assets. Read More

Software is eating hedge funds

InvestorDaily

Many clever Wall Street money-making activities have been disrupted by tech start-ups and hedge funds are not immune. Quandl Chief Data Officer Abraham Thomas explains. Read More

Why data nerds struggle to gain power at hedge funds

Bloomberg

Hedge funds have been loading up on data scientists and coders to deliver on the promise of quantitative investing. But they are discovering that the marriage of old-school managers and data-driven quants can be rocky. Read More

And Matt Levine’s hilarious follow-up

Bloomberg

Matt Levine is the only person who can make quant funny. Read his reaction to the above article, and learn about the golf score trading strategy (scroll to the middle of his column). Read More

Silicon Valley’s rising influence on hedge funds

eFinancialCareers

Hedge funds are struggling to attract and retain the tech talent needed to keep up with their data demands. BCG suggests they will have to adopt a Google-like culture to succeed. Read More

Barriers to adoption for alternative data

Foundation & Endowment Intelligence

Alternative data promises to be the holy grail of quantitative investing. So what’s the holdup? The usual suspects: cost, time and resources. Read More

Breaking down the Estimize Signal

Estimize

Estimize opens the kimono and gives us unfettered access to the multi-factor model behind the proprietary Estimize Signal. Read More

How to engineer serendipity in financial services

BrightTALK

In this recorded webinar, MapD’s Todd Mostak shows how to engineer eureka moments by combining massive, proprietary data with next-generation visualization tools to see what others cannot. Read More

Artificial Intelligence & Data Science in Capital Markets

Newsweek Events

Join Quandl founder and CEO Tammer Kamel in London on March 1st where he will speak about “The Power and Perils of Alternative Data for Alpha Generation”. Read More

Why hedge funds are better than Facebook

Business Insider

Matei Zatreanu of System2 LLC tells it like it is when it comes to competing for talent in the exploding realm of quantamental investing. Read More »

Silicon Valley hedge fund takes on Wall Street with AI trader

Bloomberg

This Silicon Valley data scientist has spent nearly a decade training an AI system to run his hedge fund soup to nuts — and now he’s challenging the Wall Street pros. Read More »

Goldman embraces automation

MIT Technology Review

600 equity traders have been replaced by 200 engineers at Goldman Sachs, with currency trading and investment banking headed in the same direction. Read More »

Alternative data for alpha

Dun & Bradstreet

We all know many are turning to alternative data in search of alpha. But it is not without its challenges. Visit the following link and scroll down to “Featured Resources” for the Greenwich Associates’ “Alternative Data for Alpha” report. Read More »

SpaceKnow raises $4m to provide satellite data to investors

Financial Times

Investments in alternative data continue. The funding round comes soon after Prattle, an AI-driven sentiment analysis firm, received $3.3m. Read More »

The hedge funds where computers call the shots

Wall Street Journal

While there is a great deal of buzz surrounding AI funds, launching and selling their benefits to clients is proving to be no easy task. Read More »

Trump tweets and stock sentiment: akin to an opening bid

Buzz Indexes Blog

An interesting take on the effect of the Trump tweet: It’s not the tweet itself that matters, but the ensuing conversation. Read More »

Quant firms top list of best hedge funds

Forbes

Quantitative juggernauts, including D. E. Shaw, Citadel, Bridgewater and Two Sigma, make the LCH top 20 hedge funds this year. Read More

A deluge of alternative data

Traders Magazine

While alternative data holds much promise, this article cautions that the overwhelming supply could severely impact its adoption, at least in the short-term. Read More

Alternative data still in its infancy

Greenwich Associates

While 80% of investors seek greater access to alternative data sources, Greenwich Associates suggests there are many challenges to using the data. Read More

Chicago trading firms have a Twitter crush

Crain’s

Crain’s indicates that sentiment analysis is surging among Chicago trading firms, thanks again to Trump’s Twitter “bully pulpit.” Read More

Trump’s tweets are driving quant traders crazy

Business Insider

On the flip side, Business Insider suggests that Trump’s tweets are too sporadic to serve as a meaningful trading strategy for discerning quant firms. Read More

How to engineer serendipity in financial services

BrightTALK

A free webinar for you to consider, covering the rise of GPU-powered analytics with use cases for capital markets. Read More

Data trends in capital markets for 2017

BWDISRUPT

Unsurprisingly, 2017 is expected to be a pivotal year for the adoption of big data, analytics and artificial intelligence in capital markets. BWDISRUPT makes five predictions on what we will likely see in the next twelve months. Read More

The mind-blowing AI announcement from Google that you probably missed

Medium

A fascinating debate on whether Google’s Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT) invented its own language or not. Read More

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