Goldman Sachs Exec: While Valuable, Alternative Data Still Poses Challenges

There is no "golden nugget" of information that will unlock value; the entire workflow is important, according to Goldman Sachs' Javier Rodriguez-Alarcon.

Goldman Sachs

While many firms are improving how they bring alt data in-house to help with trading decisions, challenges still exist. And while valuable, alternative datasets can’t perform miracles, and the process for handling this information is still paramount.

Javier Rodriguez-Alarcon, European head of quantitative investment strategies at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said that while the data is important, it is useless without first knowing the right question the data is meant to answer.

“We can be

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