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:

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Autonomous Research Profits from Purchase by Alliance Bernstein

In the wake of MiFID II Autonomous Research lost nearly a quarter of its European revenues, yet profitability improved as the firm shut down its equities trading desk during its ...
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Robust Growth of MSCI ESG Research Validates Ongoing Investment

Seven years ago, MSCI was cleaning house, selling off forensic research firm CFRA and proxy advisor ISS.  Yet it held onto its tiny ESG research business even though it was ...

Bank-Sponsored Conferences Dropped Nearly 40% in First Half of 2020

Investment banks reduced the number of conferences they sponsored by 37% in the first half of 2020 from the prior year, according to data collected by investor relations platform provider ...

HiQ Asks Supreme Court to Let Landmark Web Scraping Ruling Stand

Responding to LinkedIn’s appeal to the US Supreme Court, hiQ Labs filed a brief urging the court to ignore the petition and thus preserve the Ninth Circuit’s blockbuster ruling which ...
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Egyptian Bank Offloads its Majority Stake in Auerbach Grayson

Cairo-based Beltone Financial Holding sold its 60% ownership of New York-based brokerage Auerbach Grayson & Co. for an undisclosed amount to an unnamed group of investors.  The move highlights the ...
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A Few Takeaways from the ‘Unbundling Uncovered’ Conference

Substantive Research’s influential conference on investment research went virtual Wednesday, covering the status of research unbundling as Europe considers rolling back MiFID II, as well as the impact of COVID-19 ...
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Study: Web Scrapers Represent a Quarter of Internet Traffic

Web-scraped data is the most popular form of alternative data, and its growing use is creating issues for the retail websites being scraped.  An increasing number of ‘bot management’ companies ...

Why EU Backsliding on Research Unbundling Matters

Recent articles dismissing potential EU reforms to MiFID II’s unbundling provisions are missing broader ramifications.  EU regulators have shown themselves to be increasingly skeptical about the consequences of research unbundling, ...
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Is COVID-19 Spurring Alternative Data Growth?

The alternative data hype machine is in full throat, proclaiming that the pandemic is a watershed moment for broad buy-side adoption of alternative data.  To assess whether the coronavirus is ...
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The Twilight of Bloomberg? Not So, Judging By Its Research…

A recent report predicting the demise of the Bloomberg Terminal prompted us to revisit Bloomberg’s research product, which was thriving when we last looked three years ago.  Our current review ...
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