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A building year for ‘alt’ data

Markets Media

In the data arms race, smaller shops are winning. While the largest asset managers have boardroom meetings on alternative data, small firms continue to pour millions into data acquisition and data processing technology. A slightly more sober take on alternative data. Read More

The delusions of number crunchers


A beautiful piece by renowned NYU finance professor Aswath Damodaran. With humor and humility, Damodaran outlines the traps created by big datasets and describes three data-related delusions to which even he is susceptible. Read More

Split-second data mapping

MIT News

MapD can visualize a billion rows of data faster than you can say “visualize my data”. Seriously. MapD’s tech, incubated at MIT, runs on graphics processing units (GPUs) instead of the common CPU. By doing so, MapD runs 100 times faster than traditional database systems. That kind of speed gives you a distinct edge. Read More

FarmLogs raises $22 million


FarmLogs has raised $22 million in Series C funding. Like Granular and Farmers Edge, this Y Combinator alumnus uses data science and IoT to offer insights into crop and field health to farmers. While privacy and coverage issues remain the roadblocks for use of this data in finance, we like the speed at which AgTech is evolving. Read More

Explaining the variation on credit spreads with alternative data from DNB

Dun & Bradstreet

Dun & Bradstreet has predictive data that they believe explains 15% to 35% of the total variation in credit spreads. This data could be instrumental in pricing any corporate risk asset, including investment grade corporate bonds, high-yield bonds, credit default swaps, stock volatility (stock options or variance swaps) or for modeling equity risk. Read this thoughtful analysis from in-house quant Paul K. Lieberman. Read More

Uber traffic data now available

The Verge

Uber released Uber Movement this week, a tool allegedly designed for city governments and urban planners to use when making decisions that impact the flow of traffic. Proving again that Uber is a data company, Movement measures travel times between various parts of a city, tracking how those trips get faster or slower over time. Overlaid against certain retail locations, this could prove interesting. Read More

A friendship of opposites that changed our view of human thinking

The Irish Times

Watch out for those anchors. You are probably not as unbiased in your investment decision-making as you think you are and it would serve you well to ratchet up your emotional intelligence. A primer on behavioral finance. Read More

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