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Painting in the colour of alternative data

I must preface what I’m about to write, by stressing I know very little about art. I like photography, but in terms of “creating” art, I haven’t strayed beyond that. I might just about be able to pick out a Picasso, recognise a Rembrandt or memorise a Mondrian, but that’s about it. However, what little I do…

Isn’t passive, a bit active?

Over the past few years, passive strategies have increased significantly in popularity compared to active strategies. This is perhaps not surprising given that stocks have been pretty buoyant and as a result passive strategies which track a broad based equity indices have performed relatively well. The argument is that passive strategies have very low fees…

​Brexit and GBP from here

Whilst, I mainly focus on markets from a quant perspective, I find it instructive to follow the market, in particular when it comes to understanding big picture events and their impact. At present, perhaps one of the biggest themes in markets is that of Brexit. “What’s done cannot be undone”, Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth. Article…

FX will still be here tomorrow

There are many places for which our minds have already constructed a detailed image. In most cases, that image is hopelessly inaccurate, a mishmash of everything we have heard about a place. Some carefully dissected patchwork, sewed by sources as diverse as friends, films and Facebook. It is never quite the same as visiting a…

Themes from Newsweek’s AI data conference

The first time I dabbled in artificial intelligence was nearly 15 years ago. I remember seeing that artificial intelligence was the title of a module at Imperial College in the Department of Computing. The term seemed pretty glamorous, so I took the plunge and did the course. We used various techniques to solve puzzles like sliding tiles and…