Lucena Research Partners with Trendpointers to Deliver Predictive Analysis from Macro Data

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Lucena Research extends partnership to incorporate predictive Macro trend analysis

Lucena Research, a leading provider of big-data analytics and decision support technology for investment professionals, and Trendpointers, a provider of macroeconomic data and insights, have announced today a partnership to enable Trendpointers’ market sentiment data on Lucena’s flagship analytics product QuantDesk®.

Trendpointers “MSA Directional Signals” are now available in a collaboration with Lucena Research and its flagship research platform, Quantdesk ®. QuantDesk® enables hedge funds, portfolio managers and other investment professionals to easily validate and subsequently seek alpha from a growing array of independent big-data sources. The open nature of the QuantDesk® platform enables users to incorporate validated data sets in research and the formation of investment strategies. Specifically, Trendpointer’s data can be used in the context of Lucena’s Price Forecaster and Event Signal Analysis. Users can form what-if scenarios and utilize Lucena’s machine-learning engine to validate, recommend enhancement s and backtest in an attempt to achieve the highest statistically relevant scenarios. This combination of predictive analytics and human insights enables QuantDesk® users to rapidly engage in portfolio construction, portfolio optimization and hedging.

Eric Davidson, VP of Business Development at Lucena, said “Lucena is focused on delivering insights to portfolio managers and analysts. Increasingly, we are seeing those insights come from information sources that are largely unknown and new to the market. The possibility of untapped alpha in the growing body of unique data sets is intriguing to forward-thinking Portfolio Managers, whether quantitative managers or traditional fundamental managers seeking a scientific overlay. We welcome Trendpointers and we look forward to working with them as we level the playing field by enabling portfolio managers with the data and the technology to compete heads on with some of the largest and most sophisticated hedge funds.”

Rich Spitzer, Trendpointers CEO said: Today’s market environment is dominated by the 24/7 flow of information that influences the economic behavior of consumers, businesses and the financial markets. Macro Sentiment Analytics were designed to capture the full range of contemporaneous information and calculate the trajectories of likely influences on market behavior with directional leading indicators and market signals. Good data needs an equally good platform for analysis and delivery, which we have found with Lucena. Lucena’s advanced analytic options enable users to test how top-down macro influences can be used to identify the optimal strategies for bottom-up asset selection. The collaboration with Lucena will offer many opportunities to expand macro-based analytics to help manage the increasingly volatile and uncertain markets.

About Lucena

Lucena Research is a leader in decision support technology for investment professionals. Lucena delivers quantitative analysis and statistical forecasting based on machine learning technology that enable our customers to exploit market opportunities with precision and to reduce risk in their portfolios.

Quant Desk, Lucena’s flagship product, provides advanced, yet affordable, cloud-based portfolio optimization tools designed to scientifically validate and augment our clients' investment strategies. The product includes five portfolio management modules - Price Forecaster, Portfolio Optimizer, Hedge Finder, Event Analyzer and Back Tester. Lucena also provides investment strategies in the form of model portfolios from which customers can derive their own implementation.

Headquartered in Atlanta GA, Lucena supports a wide range of investment professionals worldwide. To learn more about Lucena, please visit or email us at: info(at)lucenaresearch(dot)com

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