Author Sanford Bragg

Sandy Bragg is a principal at Integrity Research Associates. He has over thirty years experience as an investment research professional. Prior to joining Integrity in 2006, he was an Executive Managing Director at Standard & Poors, managing S&P’s equity research business and fund information properties. Sandy has an MBA from New York University and BA from Williams College. Email: Sanford.Bragg@integrity-research.com

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Differential Privacy Technique Trumps Anonymized Data But Still Not Perfect

01/17/2020
Firms are embracing differential privacy to better protect the confidentiality of individual user data.  The system, developed by cryptographers, is more robust than simply anonymizing data, yet still has vulnerabilities ...
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Study by AQR Academic Offers New Approach to Sentiment Analysis

01/14/2020
AQR’s head of machine learning collaborated with other academics to build a text-mining model that differs from the approach used by current sentiment analysis providers.  The new model outperformed RavenPack’s ...
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State-level Privacy Legislation Gains in US

01/10/2020
While the US Congress has been working toward a bipartisan data privacy bill, state-level privacy legislation is proliferating.  The longer Congress dallies, the more states are getting into the act.  ...
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Banks’ Share of Conferences Increased in 2019 As Overall Sponsorship Fell

01/07/2020
Investment banks reduced the number of conferences they sponsored by 4% in 2019 yet gained share as the overall number of conferences dropped 11%, according to data supplied by investor ...
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2019 Regulatory Review: Increasing Data Privacy Regulation Provides Tricky Environment for Alternative Data

01/03/2020
In contrast to the cool US reaction to MiFID II’s unbundling provisions, European privacy regulation is being replicated in the US at the state level with increasing likelihood of federal ...
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2019 Regulatory Review: MiFID II Rules Fail to Get Traction in US

01/01/2020
During 2019 there was a backlash against the research unbundling provisions in MiFID II as German and French regulators proposed reform and US regulators refused to adopt similar rules.  From ...
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2019 Review: Capital Raises Total $177+ Million, Mainly Alt Data

12/31/2019
We tracked $177.8 million in disclosed capital raises during 2019, the majority -- $165.8 million – sourced by alternative data firms.  In contrast, Macquarie completed its exit from cash equities ...
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2019 Review: Alternative Data & ESG Drive 2019 M&A Activity

12/27/2019
Alternative data and ESG firms were the main targets of research industry M&A activity, reflecting their growing importance in the investment process.  In contrast, there was little evidence of the ...
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US Senate Gets Serious About US Privacy Law

12/24/2019
A draft privacy bill by the Democratic ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee prompted the Republican chairman of the committee to draft an alternative bill and hold hearings on ...
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S&P Affiliate CRISIL Buys Greenwich Associates

12/20/2019
CRISIL, majority owned by S&P Global, will acquire Greenwich Associates LLC, a survey and consulting firm primarily focused on the asset management and investment banking sectors.  The purchase complements CRISIL’s ...
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