Alternative data: use by hedge funds and the impact on the future of investing

Daryl Smith, 13 February 2018

Around twenty years ago, alternative data and machine learning techniques were being used by a select group of innovative hedge funds and asset managers. In recent years however, both the number of fund managers using alternative data and the supply of new commercially available data sources has dramatically increased. Today, many industry practitioners now believe that using alternative data offers a distinct informational advantage over other investment managers that have not deployed such capabilities.

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