White Paper Examines Growing Use of Non-Traditional Data


Integrity Research has released a new white paper authored by Gene Ekster on building internal big data analysis teams, an area of increasing interest for asset managers and investment research firms.

The rapid uptake of alternative data research by institutional investors and research firms is shifting the investment landscape. The field is still in the early phases of development, and there are multiple approaches to participating in the new paradigm.

“A full scale R&D group is a considerable capital investment and, if done correctly, yields the most sustainable value from alternative data,” said Mr. Ekster, an expert on alternative data. “For firms that don’t want to make the investment, there are other less costly ways to leverage alternative data.”

The 15-page white paper “Driving Investment Performance With Alternative Data” was written by Mr. Ekster, a contributor to Integrity ResearchWatch, a news service focused on the investment research industry. Components of the white paper first appeared as exclusive articles published in Integrity ResearchWatch.  The complimentary paper can be downloaded at http://www.integrity-research.com/driving-investment-performance-with-alternative-data/.

Gene Ekster, CFA works with asset management firms and data providers in a consulting capacity to help integrate alternative data into the investment process. He was previously head of R&D at Point72 Asset Management (formerly SAC Capital), and worked at 1010Data and Majestic Research.

“Integrity Research is proud to offer this white paper as an example of the exclusive insights available through our new ResearchWatch service,” said Michael Mayhew, founder of Integrity Research. “The investment research industry is evolving rapidly and big data is an important catalyst for change.”


About Author

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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