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How to Exploit the Opportunities of Alternative Data

Alternative data is moving into the mainstream, driven by trading desks looking for alpha and more recently by private equity firms and corporate intelligence teams looking to gain market insight. That said, while adoption is increasing and some benefits are being realised, the data does come with caveats including incomplete datasets, poor quality, limited volume,…

The Signal and the Noise: Changing the Approach to Investment Data

Today there is significant pressure on active management funds to generate returns that are better than the passive funds that they compete against. As a result, investment managers are constantly seeking new ways to generate investment edge. This has happened in an environment where the volume and velocity of investment data available continues to accelerate….

MiFID II Unbundling’s Silver Lining: Leveraging Streaming Big Data Analytics to Differentiate Execution Services

European MiFID II regulation’s unbundling of broker research from execution services raises the question of how execution service providers can differentiate what they offer once research is no longer part of their relationship with buy-side clients. Best-execution provisions and the performance of brokers’ platforms could become the primary differentiator. This raises a follow-up question –…

Predictive Power of Acuity Trading’s Sentiment Indicators

Undertaken by research partner Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and led by Professor Argimiro Arratia, author of Computational Finance: An Introductory Course with R, this research was conducted on Acuity’s eleven news – based public sentiment indices to identify which sentiment indicator or combination of indicators provided the most reliable forecast. This research was commissioned to provide tangible…

Big Data in Trading and Risk Management

This industry briefing – sponsored by SAP – provides insight and analysis on how financial markets firms see Big Data approaches and technologies being leveraged for trading and risk applications. The briefing draws upon research conducted by A-Team Group’s BigDataForFinance.com web community, which included a survey of major financial markets firms based in the U.S.  The survey…

Big Data Solutions in Capital Markets – A Reality Check

Big Data has emerged in recent months as a potential technology solution to the issue of dealing with vast amounts of data within the enterprise. As in other industries, financial services firms of all kinds are drowning in data, both in terms of the sheer volume of information they generate and / or have to…