Alternative Data Newsletter #157 – February 27th, 2020

Key Highlights

  • Data Conference in NYC: we are delighted to announce that the date for our next flagship NYC conference has been confirmed. The conference is taking place on May 20th at Convene, Liberty St. Downtown NYC. The conference will be our biggest and most impressive to date going from 800 to 1,000 registered attendees and from 100 to 150 data vendors. There is an exciting line-up with high-profile keynote speakers and the popular dedicated Buyside, PE and Corporate Streams covering topics from industry-leading Data Experts. Our Expert Hub will be back by popular demand.
  • Australia’s First Alternative Data Conference: we are pleased to announce Australia’s first alternative data conference will take place in Sydney on April 2nd. Originally planned for Hong Kong this will replace our conference there. We are honored to have JP Morgan as our lead sponsor and host. Tickets are complimentary for buyside, private equity and corporates. Registration and the full agenda available at
  • Calling Beta Testers: use our latest Eagle Edge dashboard based on human capital data to create insights for thousands of companies, public and private.
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Quality Testing

Thomas Combes, Director of Data Science at Eagle Alpha, demonstrated an Eagle Eye quality report showcasing the example of satellite data. Clients of Eagle Alpha’s Data Strategy offering can view the recording here.


With Alpha Capture, data vendors submit trade ideas or forward-looking use cases based on interesting insights from their datasets, which gives fund managers the first-ever opportunity to value alternative datasets and ascertain, at scale, the real potential for alpha. Email to learn more.


This vendor provides data on crude oil volume stored in eight delivery facilities in China designated by Shanghai INE. These terminals are operated by PetroChina, Sinopec and Sinochem among others. Our Data Sourcing clients can view the full profile here.

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Social media data indicates that there is low interest in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Case Study

A report from Eagle Alpha on May 29th, 2019 highlighted trends in the breakfast segment, delivery and drive-thru dynamics that had implications for McDonalds (MCD) and Wendy’s (WEN). Earnings reports and conference calls by MCD and WEN help validate that social media data can be used to obtain useful insights into consumer behaviour in the QSR industry. Investors can use the data to analyse company competitive positioning at a given point in time and can also monitor, on an ongoing basis, important consumer trends.

Legal & Compliance

Insights from our latest webinar with Lowenstein Sandler on the Yodlee case: Senators argue that the consent isn’t informed enough, and this investigation might lead to the Congress passing a law that will clarify what it means to have an informed consent under federal law. All our user agreements would have to change. In Peter Greene’s opinion, that kind of a federal law would not diminish the utility and scope of these credit card panels as he doesn’t think that people will be opting out most of the time. We would have informed consent and more clarity on this issue. As a consequence, we would all be in a better place.

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Alpha Workshops

  • March 26th: Workshop on IoT Data.
  • April 23rd: Workshop on Web Crawled Data.

Legal Webinars

  • March 24th: Alternative data in Latin America

Upcoming Events

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