Category: Data

An alternative data meal needs to be cooked

Cooking is perhaps not my forte. My culinary abilities do not extend much beyond extremely simple dishes, but I’m nevertheless trying to improve, with the help of Jamie Oliver (well, his new book “5 ingredients” which seems to have been written for people like myself). I can rustle up a simple omelette. I can bake…

Calling corporates, monetise your data!

I’ve been looking at markets for over a decade. Throughout my career, I’ve always been looking to find unusual and exciting datasets to shed new light on markets and find alpha. Back in 2008, I published an article for Lehman Brothers FX Research examining the use of Google Trends to trade currencies, which was a…

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…