Integrity Research Releases White Paper Examining Growing Use of Big Data For Investment Research

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Analysis of alternative data for investment insights is expanding but presents challenges to firms building internal capabilities

Integrity Research Associates, a consultancy specializing in the global investment research industry, released a white paper on building internal big data analysis teams, an area of increasing interest for asset managers and investment research firms.

The rapid uptake of alternative data research by institutional investors and research firms is shifting the investment landscape. The field is still in the early phases of development, and there are multiple approaches to participating in the new paradigm.

“A full scale R&D group is a considerable capital investment and, if done correctly, yields the most sustainable value from alternative data,” said author Gene Ekster, an expert on alternative data. “For firms that don’t want to make the investment, there are other less costly ways to leverage alternative data.”

The 14-page white paper “Driving Investment Performance With Alternative Data” was written by Gene Ekster, a contributor to Integrity ResearchWatch, a news service focused on the investment research industry. Components of the white paper first appeared as exclusive articles published in Integrity ResearchWatch. The complimentary paper can be downloaded at

Gene Ekster was previously head of R&D at Point72 Asset Management (formerly SAC Capital), a Director of Data Product at 1010Data and a Senior Analyst at Majestic Research (now ITG Investment Research).

“Integrity Research is proud to offer this white paper as an example of the exclusive insights available through our new ResearchWatch service,” said Michael Mayhew, founder of Integrity Research. “The investment research industry is evolving rapidly and big data is an important catalyst for change.”

About Integrity Research Associates LLC

Integrity Research Associates, LLC is an advisory firm specializing in the global investment research industry. The firm advises a select number of hedge funds and asset managers on finding unique research, data and analytics used to enhance investment returns, and has been conducting due diligence on external research providers for over a decade. The firm also provides news and commentary on the research industry in its ResearchWatch service. For more information go to

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