Intensifying the Search for Alpha

As the playing field levels out, firms are seeking new ways to gain competitive edge, which must be comprehensively back-tested. By Mitch Abeyta, managing director, and JP Tremblay, senior director of product development at Standard & Poor's Compustat

Finding Alpha used to be relatively easy, a client recently told us. Only a few years ago, a hired student would write a program that read magnetic tapes of financial data, which—after a laborious process—would manage to strip out dividends and

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Refinitiv’s PermIDs: Converting needs into opportunity

Refinitiv’s PermID framework was conceived as a proprietary tool to address an internal challenge around identifying objects in the firm’s information model. Once it had proved its worth, it was rolled out to the firm’s clients to significant success.

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