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July 2019

Hedge funds mine for consumer habits

Bloomberg (subscription)

Bloomberg recaps the current use cases for alternative data as they relate to consumer behavior. Read More »

A data scientist who is skeptical about data


A professor of data science at NYU enumerates four key ways in which data is constantly imperfect. Read More »

Banks, asset managers turn to web scraping to generate alpha

Waters Technology (subscription)

The amount of publicly available web data doubles every year. Institutional investors consider buy vs. build approaches to hone this rich source. Read More »

Insights into the top SaaS companies through alt data

SimilarWeb (webinar)

An intriguing webinar hosted by SimilarWeb’s Ed Lavery on the company performance of Slack, Zendesk, Shopify, Zoom and others, as told through alternative data. August 6 at 11AM EST.  Read More »

It’s harder than ever to hide an oil tanker


When Iranian naval forces seized two oil tankers last week, they shut off the radio transponders that broadcast their location and identity. Satellites quickly found them. Read More »

How NLP is advancing asset management


A summary of how firms, including Citadel, AIG, UBS, Periscope and others are actively deploying NLP strategies to increase returns. Read More »

The underwhelming world of Artificial Intelligence

Institutional Investor

On the flip side, II claims that few funds are really, truly using any form of AI for investment decision-making. They have distilled their thinking into five questions customers should ask to determine the truth. Read More »

Hedge funds begin to fast-track the purchase of alternative data

Business Insider (subscription)

Similar to our recent blog post on the glut of supply, this piece by Bradley Saacks examines how funds are dealing with the flood of data coming their way. Read More »

AlphaSense secures $50M in funding

Institutional Investor

Alternative data company AlphaSense, which uses AI to help asset managers quickly analyze millions of documents, raised $50M via the Soros family fund and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavour fund. Read More »

China Internet Report 2019

South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post collaborated with Abacus (TechCrunch of China) to produce this in-depth analysis of China’s tech and internet landscape. Read More »

Ray Dalio explains his concept of market paradigm shifts

LinkedIn (Ray Dalio)

Grab a coffee or six and settle down to read Dalio’s perspective on paradigm shifts – the inevitable, cyclical changes to markets and market relationships that dramatically impact investment decision-making. Read More »

The inedible feast

Quandl Blog

The label “alternative data” is being applied to an ever-widening selection of products. But how many of them have actual value for capital markets? Quandl CEO Tammer Kamel considers the glut of supply. Read More »

Goldman and Socgen: Tip of the iceberg for alt data

Waters Technology (subscription)

Senior figures at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Societe Generale say alternative data will “completely” transform the investment business, even as others question some of the claims around its use. Read More »

Hiring drones to gain an edge


An unnamed hedge fund hired drones to fly over lumber yards to confirm its hypothesis that the lumber market was about to crash. It worked. Read More »

On failing fast with alternative data

Waters Technology (subscription)

With up to 5,000 datasets in the assumed universe of alternative data, firms must learn to fail fast by developing playbooks with which to interrogate it. Read More »

“Female” text leads to better ESG

Benefits Canada

Indexia created a metric to identify the relative male- or female-dominated nature of language used by a company. It turns out that companies that use more female-dominated language tend to rank higher in ESG. Read More »

How modern VCs are driving alpha returns


Lest we think alt data is the sole purview of hedge funds and asset managers, this piece contends that at least some venture capitalists are clearly in the game. Read More »

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