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The Data Factory, Part One: Acquiring the right data

This is part one of a series of blog posts exploring the data factory, the premier approach to data management. In the assembly line model that powers the data factory, as with many other things, well begun is half done. The first stage in any data process is acquiring the right data for your  organization’s needs. The process of acquiring data involves a number of smaller steps which include sourcing; contracting; extracting, transforming and loading the data; and business development. These steps are by no means linear. They can and often do happen simultaneously.  This stage is all about ensuring...

The Data Factory

This is an introduction to a series of blog posts exploring the data factory, the premier approach to data management.  The data explosion From the evolving landscape of data privacy regulation to record-breaking acquisitions in data production, distribution and analytics, the world has its eye on data.  Even in the finance industry, data is no longer only the concern of quantitative funds and data scientists. To varying degrees, data is infused in the investment decision-making process for all types of investors. While a quant fund may rigorously test a dataset for months to ensure that it’s up to the task...

Capitalizing on ETF data: In conversation with Atom Finance

Atom Finance turned to Nasdaq APIs for ETF and fund data to help fuel their research platform. Learn more about their experience with Nasdaq’s data. If you were an investor in the 80s, chances are good that you couldn’t do without a Bloomberg Terminal. The system burst onto the scene in 1982 and has remained in the investment industry’s toolkit ever since, alongside an ever-growing collection of datasets and analytics tools that help investment professionals make well-informed decisions. Data used to be a tool accessible mostly to the well-funded investor. Now, data and other information is available to investors of...

The future of data privacy in alternative data

An interview with Peter Greene We had the opportunity to interview Peter Greene, Vice Chair of the Investment Management Group at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, on the topic of data privacy in alternative data. We cover the evolution of data compliance, current challenges in the regulatory scheme and how data privacy might evolve in the future. Comments have been condensed and edited for clarity. Looking back at your presentation from the 2020 Quandl Data Conference, how important is data privacy and data compliance for a hedge fund or data-driven investor today versus 5 years ago? Greene: A lot has changed. Five...

The Inedible Feast

So much data, so little alpha A number of researchers and consulting shops have published projections of just how big the alternative data industry is destined to be. Deloitte, for example, concluded that the industry will swell to $7 billion next year. They go on to note, "There is no shortage of vendors that provide these data sets to Wall Street.” I would suggest the “no shortage” situation is related to the promise of that $7 billion spend. In fact “no shortage” understates what’s going on. The amount of data on offer to professional investors is excessive and quickly becoming...

Announcing the Third Annual Quandl Data Conference

The industry-leading event for data-driven investing is coming in February. Our co-founder and Chief Data Officer Abraham Thomas shares why he is particularly excited by this year's conference. We’re so excited to announce that the third annual Quandl Data Conference is happening on February 28th, 2019, again at Convene’s West 46th Street location. This is our flagship event, formerly known as the Alternative Data Conference. Why the name change, you might ask? “Alternative” is a label that is becoming less appropriate everyday. For our customers, data is the fuel that runs their business , no matter what prefix you give...

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