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10 alt data sources to outpace Covid-19

Business Insider

Consider these data sources if you’re looking to build strategies to outpace the market in volatile times. Read More

Neudata opens up datasets for select groups

PR Newswire

Step boldly into action with Neudata as they open up their data scouting platform to academics, governments, and healthcare institutions to help data scientists track the virus. Read More

Quants bear brunt of volatility

Financial News

With certain bans on short selling, get details on quant funds that are fighting the downturn while other market participants ride a volatility wave. Read More

A $1.7B Quant fears bond crisis


Hear one quant’s take on why a golden rule of investing falling apart signals challenging times ahead… and what to do about it. Read More

Using your data to monitor pandemic movement


See how Google and Facebook are in talks with the White House to share collective data on people’s movements during the pandemic. Read More

The alt data defining Covid-plagued markets


Pick up a report of the alt data behind Covid-19’s most impacted industries, companies, and topics. Read More

Mapping the Coronavirus outbreak


View the map that breaks down cases and fatalities of the virus across the globe, as well as other metrics. View Now

Markets drill data during Corona Correction

Traders Magazine

Discover why Traders Magazine defines the Corona Correction as a data-driven response to a fast-shifting set of circumstances. Read More

The Data Science Revolution

Pensions & Investments

Read the deep dive into the Data Science Revolution in relation to quant and fundamental investing, and discover what “seeing beyond the hype” will yield. Read More

Bridgewater bets big against European companies

Business Insider ($)

See how Ray Dalio’s fund has made an $11.8B bet against European companies like Adidas, Bayer and more in light of recent events. Read More

Pandemic? Say goodbye to data privacy


Understand the breadth of powers the CDC takes on in the event of a pandemic, including what data they have at their disposal. Read More

Market turmoil brings windfalls for some

Financial Times ($)

Gather details on the short list of funds—many quants—that have seen windfalls from betting on market volatility. Read More

Amplifying doubt with algorithmic trading


Learn why algorithmic trading is called a “dangerous accelerant” by some in the wake of Monday’s market slump. Read More

Nasdaq acquires fintech firm Solovis


Focused on building a continued data analytics and reporting suite, Nasdaq has recently announced their acquisition of fintech firm Solovis. Read More

Data mining is trash

Waters Technology ($)

Pull from Matthew Rothman’s QDC2020 presentation—and other expert takes— on data mining, spurious correlations, and what it means to really know your… Read More

Covid-19: Capital is (partially) the cure

Wall Street Journal

Hear from Nasdaq’s CEO, Adena Friedman, how markets have adjusted and rebounded from pandemic-level events in the past. Read More

When data goes dark: Alt data’s unhedgeable risk

Business Insider

Learn how alt data providers, such as Quandl, respond when data suppliers are taken off the board. Read More

Don’t believe the hype: AI and fund management

Financial Times ($)

Cite “newfangled alternative data” as part of fund management’s traversal through the trough of disillusionment in this opposing Financial Times piece. Read More

Head of quant trading leaves Point 72

Financial News ($)

Follow a prominent industry move as more traditional investors attempt to embrace quant strategies. Read More

China suppressed Covid-19 with AI & big data


Get details on how Chinese authorities managed to assess at-risk outbreak areas using geolocation data pulled from your average cell phone. Read More

Mississippi introduces Consumer Data Privacy Act


See Mississippi’s new plans to institute a data privacy act—stricter than California’s— in July of 2021. Read More

Dataland: The evolution of AI & Big Data


Watch the film that explores how AI and Big Data are permeating everyday life. From DNA transmission to finance, Dataland looks at where the tech (and its industries) are headed. Read More

Agriculture data partnership raises concerns


With the impending growing season, a land owner/data aggregator partnership raises the profile of data rights and privacy in the midwest. Read More

JP Morgan goes all-in on ESG

Institutional Investor

Riding the ESG buzz, get comments on the sea change (and how it’s being implemented) from J.P. Morgan’s head of sustainability. Read More

Tracking China’s recovery with alt data


See how those adept at interpreting alternative data are aggregating various signals within China to assess the market’s recovery. Read More

What’s the cost of data compliance?

Information Week

With the CCPA now in effect, the costs of ongoing data compliance are estimated at $467M to $16B in the next 10 years. How can the laws scale to be more effective? Read More

Knoema buys Adaptive Management


Get the details on the acquisition of alt data aggregator Adaptive Management by data visualization and discovery platform, Knoema. Read More

EU’s battle over Big Tech’s hold on data

Financial Times ($)

Look into the new data-sharing principles outlined in the EU’s Data Act, including their wide-reaching effects on big tech and industries that rely on extracting insight from data. Read More

Amazon’s data vortex

BBC News

With an eye towards Amazon’s data collection practices, explore why (and how) the e-retail colossus knows so much about you. Read More

Morgan Stanley to buy E-Trade for $13B

Business Insider

Hot on the heels of a Charles Schwab-led price war, follow Morgan Stanley’s pivot into the wealth management space with an all-stock takeover. Read More

Using AI when Big Data is small

Industry Week

ML and AI lend themselves to monumental quantities of data. But how do you apply those techniques to industries where the sample size is limited? Read More

Hunting for alt data to offset C-Virus shock

Financial Times ($)

In a bid to foresee market recovery from Coronavirus, read how alternative data is being used as investors’ crystal ball. Read More

California’s privacy act gets clearer

Venture Beat

Following a “Notice of Modifications” by California’s Attorney General, get the latest on the data privacy legislation leading the compliance charge. Read More

ISPs sue Maine citing free speech

Ars Technica

Fighting for the ability to freely sell customer data, see how Maine’s broadband industry is suing under the flag of the First Amendment. Read More

Yodlee’s data privacy reprise


With privacy-conscious consumers swelling, Yodlee stands as a cautionary tale of data anonymization gone wrong. Now they’re being used to shake the tree… Read More

EU outlines plans for Big Data, AI


Track the EU’s developing policies for AI and Big Data as legislators plan the next decade’s data collection, manipulation, and harmonization practices. Read More

Weaponizing alternative data

Data Driven Investor

Facing considerable alpha decay and a “glacial adoption pace”, secure key takeaways on the state and direction of alternative data as presented at 2020’s Quandl Data Conference. Read More

Global economic fallout mounts in C-virus wake

The Washington Post

In another “shock toward global de-integration”, uncover the latest take on the coronavirus’ widespread financial impacts—bolstered by Quandl-sourced data. Read More

BlackRock’s skeleton key to bonds


See why BlackRock says the time has come for “bond fund managers to adopt data-driven investing techniques”. Read More

CircleUp nears close with PE quant strategies

Institutional Investor

Keep pace with CircleUp’s quant-led hires as their systematic private equity fund preps for a $100M close before July. Read More

Decoding data’s future with Quandl’s CEO


Sit down with CEO Tammer Kamel to hear how Quandl operates at the forefront of data-driven professions, and get fresh insights on our newest datasets. Read More

Quants vs. devs: How much BoA pays in NYC


Curious how much Bank of America values their quants and technologists in the Big Apple? Grab a quick look at earnings and average salaries. Read More

Man and machine, a mutual need

View quantamental investing’s advantages through examples of successful AI & human integration in other industries —such as diagnostic medicine. Read More

Amidst decline, hybrid investors hold hope

Financial Times ($)

Quants are on the rise and alt data is overflowing. Read how this quantamental pioneer sees the worlds of fundamental and quantitative coming together. Read More

Our thanks, your thoughts


From favorite sessions to highlights of the day, here’s what you said were the brightest parts of 2020’s Quandl Data Conference. Read More

Two Sigma’s billion dollar PE gambit

Institutional Investor

Get the details on Sightway, Two Sigma’s vehicle for bringing quant investing to private markets… headed by a former lead Google engineer. Read More

How Billions’ co-creator cracked top funds

Business Insider

Hear how Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman sat in with the hedge fund elite to better portray the spectrum of personalities in the investment world. Read More

ICE’s search for eBay’s ‘Buy Now’ button

The Economist

Originally set up to run a commodity-futures exchange, take an early look at a potential acquisition that’s left many financial experts confounded. Read More

Using alt data creatively to find ESG alpha

Pensions & Investments

See how asset managers are getting creative with the use of unstructured, alternative data to find alpha in ESG funds. Read More

Win deals with Blackstone’s data scientists


With use of data science increasing in private equity, see Blackstone’s three main use cases for data scientists among their ranks. Read More

C-virus surpassing SARS for airline impact


As the global airline industry continues to reel under impacts of C-virus, see how the epidemic stands to make financial waves well beyond the SARS outbreak in 2003. Read More

Avast’s data privacy blunder

Various sources

Explore the life and conclusion of data privacy’s latest high-level scandal between a prominent antivirus company, an analytics provider, and a murky gray area of consumer rights. Read Vice’s take  Read U.S. News’ wrap-up  Read Avast’s CEO comments

Alt data’s glow up, growing pains, and trajectory

Business Insider

Capture the state of the industry with Business Insider’s recent take on alt data’s 2019 inflection point and trends as 2020 gets underway. Read More

False signals, alpha, and face dimensions

Balance on the razor’s edge of false signals and alpha opportunities with key takeaways from Goldman MD Matthew Rothman’s presentation at QDC 2020. Read More

Coronavirus’ global economic impact

The Economist

Dive into the economic impacts of the coronavirus on a global scale with the Economist’s latest article on Wuhan’s semi-quarantined outbreak. Read More

Alt data in 2020: Quality over quantity

HedgeWeek ($)

Hear candid input on a growing challenge in alt data—separating quality from quantity—with anonymous comments from a London-based head of quant trading. Read More

16 top quants on global finance’s next decade

Bloomberg ($)

With voices chiming in from Two Sigma, WorldQuant, and more, get answers from 16 leading quant firms as to “what happens next”? Read More

BlackRock backs off black rocks

Ars Technica

Feel the shifting weight as BlackRock moves their near-$7 trillion in assets away from these industries. Read More

The $1.5B wager on sustainability

Bloomberg ($)

Follow David Vogel and the Voloridge Sustainability Fund as they enter the fray using big data to analyze investments linked to climate change. Read More

Alt data seeks new breed of worker


Ride the data wave into a “new breed of worker” as the data supply continues to outpace the ability to sift and sort through it all. Read More

Using ECI to unwrap alpha in 2020


Gear up for 2020 with early insights into three stars that emerged during Black Friday 2019, all from Quandl’s E-Commerce Intelligence data product. Read More

One Nation, Tracked: Twelve million phones’ GPS data

New York Times ($)

Dig into the lengthy NYT piece that investigates the smartphone tracking industry to a jarring depth. Read More

Why Excel is outdated if you work in finance


Generating alpha and market-making today involves terabyte-level thinking. Not megabyte. Read More

Here’s who Ray Dalio looks up to


Get insider information on who the founder of the most profitable hedge fund (with over $150B AUM) looks up to. Read More

Model beats Wall Street in forecasts

MIT News

With the help of alternative data, this automated system predicts a company’s quarterly sales. Explore how it works… Read More

Nasdaq on the hunt for Asia’s data

DigFin Group

See how niche players can co-exist with big fish as alternative data progresses towards becoming a $5B industry. Read More

Is it the value hedge fund comeback?

Financial News London

Appraise the Buffet style of value investing as quantamental rears its head once more. Read More

Advent 2019: Integrating Quandl data with Python

Quandl & Anvil

In the holiday spirit, Anvil built a web application on top of Quandl’s API in less than an hour. See how their platform empowers users to rapidly build and deploy Python web apps. Read More

Quantamental investing’s inevitable future


How will you find success as fundamental and quant worlds collide? Forbes has outlined an ideal path. Read More

What hedge funds need to know about the CCPA


The California Consumer Privacy Act takes effect on January 1, 2020. Here’s what you need to know about how it impacts hedge funds. Read More

Prominent quant funds building credit teams

Business Insider ($)

With progress in the use of alt data in underwriting, some of the biggest quant funds are pumping money into their credit teams. Here’s why…  Read More

Systematic or discretionary? The lines are blurring

Waters Technology ($)

See how technology and the ability to analyze data – with both human and computer intelligence – will differentiate the field of investing in the near future. Read More

Quantopian prepares for user-licensed algos


Quantopian is making preparations to allow users to license their algorithms to third parties. This is how they’re rolling it out. Read More

Algo clouds, printing food, and body microscopes

Data Driven Investor

2019 is nearly at its end. Explore DDI’s list of trends likely to disrupt the data-driven world as we enter 2020. Read More

Diddy and Dalio: a mentor’s conversation

YouTube – Ray Dalio

Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio sits down with Diddy to share the insights underlying some of the prominent points within “Principles”. Watch Here

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