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big data

Study Shows Long-Only Investors Looking to Alternative Data

Traditional “long-only” investors are joining quantitative early-adopters in using alternative data to achieve investment alpha, according to a new study from Greenwich Associates. Nearly half of investment managers that participated in the study said that they use alternative data, with another quarter planning to do so in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, the study shows […]

P&L Talk Series with BNY Mellon’s John Arabadjis

John Arabadjis, head of markets macro strategy product and analytics at BNY Mellon, talks to Profit & Loss about the challenges associated with mining different data sources to produce new insights for investors. Profit & Loss: You were recently hired by BNY Mellon in the newly created role of head of markets macro strategy product […]

FinTech in FX: An Evolutionary Process

Although fintech solutions are likely to change how FX operates throughout the trade lifecycle, expect these changes to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, explained speakers during a recent Profit & Loss webinar. 

The word “disruption” has become synonymous with fintech in recent years, with numerous articles, whitepapers and analyst reports warning that fintech upstarts are looking to upset the applecart in financial services.

Yet speakers on a recent Profit & Loss webinar, FinTech in FX: Getting Beyond the Hype, which was sponsored by IHS Markit, preferred to talk in terms of innovation rather than disruption when discussing the impact of fintech in the FX markets.

Drilling for the New Oil

If data is the new oil, then how trading firms “drill” it in order to generate alpha becomes increasingly important. Galen Stops reports.

So often has the phrase been used recently that it’s in danger of becoming something of a cliché but, apparently, data is the new oil.

To see evidence of this, look no further than the technology giants that have emerged out of Silicon Valley. Yes, Facebook doesn’t charge users money for the social media platform it provides, but is it free? Arguably, users “pay” with the data that they create via their interactions on the platform, which Facebook is then free to use and sell to generate profits.

SmartTrade Launches Big Data Analytics Tool

SmartTrade Technologies has launched a new cross-asset big data analytics solution.

The new solution, smartAnalytics, is designed to enable firms to achieve a greater control and transparency by leveraging smartTrade’s ability to store, analyse and visualise all the data flowing through their trading infrastructure.

David Vincent, CEO of smartTrade, says that there are two distinct reasons why market participants need these tools.

“The first reason is because new in regulations such as Mifid II regulators are asking for much more transparency into the trading process. So for compliance purposes, it’s important to have the reporting capabilities to provide data explaining the way that they traded.

P&L Talk Series with Nightberg

Birgir Haraldsson and Mario Manna, co-founders of Nightberg, an independent macro strategy firm, talk to Profit & Loss about getting noticed in a crowded market and how data analytics is changing the traditional research model.
Profit & Loss: given your experience in the market, how have you seen financial research change over the years?
Mario Manna: Spending a lot of time on the buy side we’ve always been big users of research and it has changed quite a bit, in particular it’s become more siloed. So now you often have specialists carved out to cover a specific niche, firms have a US rates strategist, an EU rates strategist, etc, and so the research becomes narrowly focused and at risk of constantly reporting about a topic or asset when perhaps nothing much is happening.