Embracing the Numbers: Analytics to Improve Trader Performance

As passive strategies and fee compression cut into active returns, buy-side firms are turning to internally generated data.

The game of baseball has been played for over 100 years so its rules are more than a century old. Analytics in the sport have historically revolved around batting averages, numbers of home runs hit, and a pitcher’s win/loss record. Then the Oakland Athletics broke new ground when the team took a deeper dive into the numbers to produce a winning organization on a shoestring budget. Their strategy crystalized in 2003 in Michael Lewis’ book—and eponymous film—Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair

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