Wavelength Podcast Episode 154: Bryan Cross, UBS Asset Management

Bryan Cross, who heads UBS Asset Management's QED group, joins to discuss alternative data and AI.

James Rundle, WatersTechnology’s editor, and Anthony Malakian, editor at large, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

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Bryan Cross, head of UBS Asset Management’s Quantitative Evidence and Data Science team (QED), joins the podcast to talk about why the firm created the unit in 2018, and to examine the alternative data space.

3:00 What led UBS Asset Management to create the QED group?

6:00 Active versus passive, and how alternative data fits in.

9:00 It’s still early days in the alternative data industry.

13:30 Which sectors of alternative data are most useful?

18:30 How does AI help to distill this information?

21:00 Talent and culture… what were the lessons learned when building this group?

27:30 Bryan talks about his career path and gives advice to up-and-coming data scientists.

31:00 Some book recommendations.


Contact Info

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners. Feel free to reach out to Anthony or James via Twitter or email.

Anthony Malakian, editor at large: @a_malakian[email protected]

James Rundle, US editor: @JimRundle; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 144: Market Data Fees Fight & Crypto Hype

Episode 145: CSDs Consider Crypto; Bank Robberies & AI; DTCC's Blockchain 

Episode 146: Waters USA Preview; Brexit Drama

Episode 147: Crypto Insurance; Waters USA Recap

Episode 148: A Look at APAC Trends for 2019

Episode 149: The Biggest Stories from 2018

Episode 150: Bill Murphy of Blackstone Group

Episode 151: Examining the MEMX Announcement

Episode 152: Initial Margin Tech & Investment Theory

Episode 153: Nasdaq's Lars Ottersgård

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