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In Conversation: How Alternative Data Is Transforming Asset Management

  • Foursquare
  • May 6, 2022
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Alternative data is not a new concept. It has been widely used by quants for decades, and its usage continues to grow exponentially. Data from apps, satellites, and other devices can be analyzed to create powerful investment signals and subsequently generate alpha.

At the CFA Society New York’s recent event on “How Alternative Data Is Transforming Asset Management,” experts convened to share their distinct perspectives on alternative data sources. Leading data providers discussed the latest trends in new data, tools to make use of the data and new opportunities it brings for the near future. Moderated by Teddy Kahn from S&P, Foursquare’s Senior Director of Strategic Sales Gavin Mohrmann joined panelists from Yipit, Apptopia and Social Market Analytics to share their insights on how alternative data is transforming the asset management industry.

Highlights include:

  • How and why the client landscape for alternative data is expanding to include fundamental and discretionary groups, corporate/institutional funds, and other groups within investment firms
  • New data opportunities, rom data marketplaces to partnerships with companies like Xabel and Yipit that specialize in connecting the dots on alternative data for investment firms
  • How to help investors validate the accuracy of the data, such as making data user-friendly and connecting in-house experts with investment teams

Watch the video to learn what data sources are most popular today, what’s on the horizon, and potential pitfalls and challenges.