Our 2022 Conference series continues as we go on the road to Boston on June 23rd! This upcoming event will focus on private markets including private equity, venture capital, corporates (M&A), and consultants. This one-day event will bring together, private equity, consulting firms, and corporate buyers for a day of masterclass panels exploring the application of alternative data for insights, data delivery, and due diligence, portfolio company exercises, and how external data is integrated into corporate M&A and much more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule one-to-one meetings with data vendors that offer strong dataset applications for private markets. In our first-ever conference for private markets, in Boston, we dive into the next big application and expansion of the alternative data industry into growth equity, venture capital, real estate, credit, due diligence for M&A, and value creation. Join us on June 23rd for industry intelligence and subject matter expertise, a day of introductions, business development, and networking.
Cryptocurrency, or “crypto” as it has become widely referred to, has been one of the quickest moving trends in the investment space of late, with retail and institutional investors throwing their hats in the ring. While traditional markets must obtain all their information from external entities, through conventional channels like Bloomberg or via alternative sources such as satellite and geolocation, cryptocurrency provides the opportunity to also look at global internal data. Thanks to blockchain technology, you can get real-time statistics for anything on-chain.
ESG is the hottest topic in the data world right now. Regulators and asset owners are putting increasing pressure on funds to invest in a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible way. This provides a great opportunity to funds who offer ESG solutions and we have seen massive growth in the AUM directed to funds claiming to incorporate ESG factors into their investment process.
Coming soon – our report exploring alternative data – the source of ESG truth. Investors need to be very careful about how they interpret self-reported ESG data. Not all ESG controversies are the sameAn “outside-in” approach provides a more balanced perspective. Alternative data is particularly valuable at plugging data gaps in the social factor. A data-driven ESG approach can enable more informed engagement with companies. Alternative data can help plug gaps in regulatory reporting requirements.
Once a quarter, Eagle Alpha’s director of data strategy and analytics, Ronan Crosson, is joined by Peter Greene and Ben Kozinn from New York law firm, Lowenstein Sandler. These conversations are part of Eagle Alpha’s client-only monthly legal workshops. In this episode, Peter and Ben discuss this quarter’s most pertinent topic in the alternative data industry surrounding mobile app data provider, App Annie, and the SEC’s decision to charge them with securities fraud. The group addresses the confusion surrounding the use of insider trading law in this securities fraud case, its impact on the decision on the wider market, and provides expert advice for app data buyers following the SEC’s decision. Please enjoy this dialogue between Peter Greene, Ben Kozinn, and your host, Ronan Crosson.
Emerging Markets Asia, and China, in particular, have become a hotbed of activity for alternative data. At Eagle Alpha, we are seeing rocketing demand for data from the region. Initially, this demand was from international managers looking to better understand dynamics on the ground in the region, but increasingly we are seeing local managers show more interest in alternative data. We are seeing the supply side of the market wakening up to this increased thirst for data. The data market in EM Asia is growing in size and sophistication.
EPFR Informa Financial Intelligence – “Euro zone inflation to burn hotter, but ECB rates to stay on ice”
Inflation forecasts for 2022 saw a steady increase across Europe last year, driven in part by bottlenecks in supply chains, and rising energy and food prices. For EPFR-tracked Europe Regional bond funds, the extent of this peak in consumer price expectations across European countries has been reflected by a more pronounced downturn in Active vs Passive fund positioning. Active fund manager sentiment towards countries with higher forecasts, such as the UK, has become more bearish compared against 2020 end-of year allocations. In this example, the spread between these fund groups dropped from +2.9%to -10.5%.
Over the past two years, alternative data sources have proven to offer hugely effective and timely insights for companies wanting to understand the impact of Covid-19. Coming into the winter holiday season, and following on from Black Friday and Thanksgiving, the cracks in the global supply chain have proven to have a devastating impact on commercial sectors, but also disrupting other sectors via a knock-on-effect. Due to this, many industries are now turning to alternative data to further understand this impact.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a variety of interesting trends, some of which have created both opportunities and challenges for many organizations globally. Alternative data sources have proven to offer hugely impactful and timely insights for companies wanting to understand the impact of Covid-19 on verticals such as eCommerce (consumer transaction data, social media, etc.), travel, and hospitality (mobility data, geolocation, etc.), among many others. However, two years on, and as we enter the holiday season, organizations are relying on alternative data sources to understand how the global supply chain will be affected this year. This paper outlines the importance of alternative data sources in the understanding of global supply chains, considering some of the more unique and unstructured datasets that are available to global teams.
Welcome to our “2021 Year In Review”. Given Eagle Alpha’s role as the leading alternative data aggregator and advisor, this year’s review will be both insightful into the major themes we observed in 2021 and, as importantly, be inspirational and thought-provoking in how you approach alternative data in 2022.