The Miseducation of Alternative Data

Wei-Shen Wong wonders whether asset managers really understand what they mean when they talk about alternative data.

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The term ‘alternative data’ is bandied about quite loosely, giving the impression that asset managers are actively digging around for alternative sources of information that could translate into higher returns.

But asset managers are increasingly discovering that understanding and implementing alternative data is not as easy as it seems. There is no plugin or direct stream that churns out new insights to the buy side at the push of a button.

Suvrat Bansal, chief data officer and head of

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