Raising the Standard(s) for Alt Data

With alternative data on every firm’s agenda, Max looks at efforts designed to make it easier to integrate new data sources into investment strategies, and why standards for alternative data represent an important step forward.

There’s a reason data professionals aren’t known for their success at office politics: Anyone with political ambitions of any sort generally needs to be willing to bend the facts to suit their agenda. In contrast, those who operate in the market and reference data industries are, by and large, sticklers for accuracy, charged with preserving golden copies of the truth about an instrument or a company.

So-called “alternative data”—datasets originally developed for use outside the financial

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