Stick to core skills or risk data overload, says Goldman quant

Data-as-a-service chief says asset managers risk being swamped by new types of information

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Asset managers must get picky about how they handle new types of data in their investment strategies or risk being overwhelmed by the workload, according to a quant tasked with selling Goldman Sachs’ internal data.

Explosive growth in the volume of so-called alternative data, coupled with cheaper computing power and advances in machine learning-powered analytics, promises to help quant investors in areas from risk management to building new strategies to generate alpha.

But firms need to stick

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