Nowcasting Provides Macro Insights, say Active Managers

Using alternative data to understand macroeconomic conditions in almost real time can give investment teams an edge.

Predicting losses

Nowcasting—predicting the present or the very near-term future—can help investment teams leverage alternative data to understand the state of economic activity in real time, according to Thorsten Neumann, an independent consultant and academic.

“Ten years ago, we [the active management industry] went over from forecasting to nowcasting. This is the idea that you look at some different figures to monitor in real time what is industrial production, what is gross domestic product right now,” said

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