Geopolitical Risk Data Moves from Foreign Intelligence to Fund Management

As nations and markets become increasingly interconnected, geopolitical risk has become top of mind for portfolio managers.

About five years ago, James “Jim” Shinn, a professor at Princeton University, was in the lunchroom of the School of Engineering & Applied Science quad with his former student, Andrew Choi, a promising young software engineer who was set to graduate in a few weeks. They were talking about an idea Shinn was working on, based on a concept he’d had while working as an intelligence officer—one he regarded as filling a critical weakness not only in government circles but other sectors as well,

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