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From Black Box to Glass Box

Sep 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

How Transparency in AI Reporting Builds Long-Term Trust - Any relationship expert will tell you that the secret to a long-lasting relationship is trust. Without it, the two parties simply can’t function effectively. And how does one build trust? The answer is through open and direct communication. From a professional perspective, to earn trust from an employer, an employee must admit mistakes honestly and learn from them. It is no different when employing an AI to scale human expertise.


How unconscious bias leads to underperformance, and what investors can do about it!

Aug 22, 2018 5:50:00 PM

In December 2016, The Economist studied equity analyst ratings for all stocks in the S&P 500 index. According to the study, 49% of the ratings were "buy/outperform,” and 45% were "hold/neutral." Only 6% of all ratings for the S&P 500 in 2016 were "sell/underperform.” Yet during that same year, nearly half of all S&P 500 stocks underperformed the market index, and a full 30% were in the red.


Mergers and Acquisitions Growth in July

Aug 17, 2018 8:45:00 PM

M&A activity has continued strong into the third quarter.  With no downturn in sight, the question becomes how investors can profit from this robust M&A space. Locating credible information within the mergers and acquisitions space is no easy task. With the right strategy, mergers and acquisitions can be a remunerative space for investors and hedge fund managers. Tracking rumors surrounding companies and being aware of all chatter surrounding a company can help investors locate opportunistic trades, modify positions, and in the case of any short positions, help investors fully understand their risk.


Unstructured data: The limits of human intelligence

Aug 10, 2018 6:09:00 PM

On September 21, 2015, at 10:56 a.m., then-candidate for President Hillary Clinton tweeted about ‘price gouging’ in the specialty drug market. By 4 p.m. that day, the entire Biotech sector had tanked. The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) – which had skyrocketed nearly 300% over the previous five years – sunk 5% in the five hours from Clinton tweet to closing bell. The nine biggest losers on the Nasdaq 100 that day were all Biotech stocks, and the Nasdaq plunged into the red on a positive day for most other sectors.


The Diminishing Returns of Alternative Data

Aug 7, 2018 9:34:00 PM

Not long ago, if hedge funds wanted to gauge the sales performance of a retailer like JC Penney, they would send Junior Analysts out to the stores to count cars in parking lots. This ‘channel check’ approach – and the limited insights it produced – eventually gave way to ‘Alternative Data.’ An example being satellite imagery which offers the same information (number of cars in parking lots), only in much larger, more dependable data sets. When it used to take an army of human analysts weeks or even months to accomplish, a satellite can perform in mere days.


Unstructured data: Alpha generation in the digital age

Aug 3, 2018 12:15:00 PM

The internet is a vast repository of messy, unstructured data including blogs, chat rooms, social media posts, images, videos, etc. This repository reflects the ever changing and often irrational collective psychology of the financial markets. IBM estimates that today, as a civilization, we generate over 2.5 quintillion bytes of unstructured data per day. In fact, over 90% of the world's data has been generated in the last few years according to IBM, and the growth rate of data generation will double by the year 2020.


How Working with Cognitive Systems Leads to Better Results

Jul 31, 2018 9:04:00 PM

We’ve all seen dystopian sci-fi flicks like The Terminator and The Matrix. The notion that machines might one day supplant humans is predicated on the discovery of Artificial General Intelligence – essentially, that machines will one day think like humans (at blindingly faster rates of speed, of course).


M&A in June 2018 was great

Jul 26, 2018 8:50:00 PM

The mergers and acquisitions space is on fire! It has been widely reported by leading publications that a record $2.5 trillion in mergers and acquisitions took place in the first half of 2018, of which American companies made up the largest proportion. This far surpasses the level of M&A activity of the same period last year. If this continues, we could see 2015’s record broken with excess of $5 trillion M&A deals made by the end of the year.