Ian McFarlane

Head of Client & Product Engagement Eagle Alpha

Ian heads client relations and product engagement at Eagle Alpha and is also the product manager for our new Alpha Capture system. Prior to joining Eagle Alpha, Ian spent nearly 7 years at Bloomberg in a number of roles and most recently as a research and equity market specialist and as an equity research analyst covering the aerospace, defense and airlines industry with Bloomberg Intelligence. 

Ian has a Masters degree in Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and is a member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA). Ian has authored a number of strategy and markets articles that have featured in Bloomberg's Markets Magazine and Bloomberg website. 

Conference Day One: 16 September 2019

Monday, September 16th, 2019

12:40 PM Alpha capture for alternative datasets

Twenty years ago fund managers asked if there was alpha in traditional research and stockbroker recommendations. What followed over the next two decades was the establishment of alpha capture networks to measure the value of broker recommendations. 
 
Today, with the exponential growth in alternative data, we ask ourselves a similar question – is there alpha in alternative data? To date this has been ascertained through extensive alpha testing by the buyers of alternative data. The recommendations and case studies from vendors are questioned like broker reports of 20 years ago.
 
At AI & Data Science in Trading, Eagle Alpha, is launching the first alpha capture solution based on alternative datasets. As the largest aggregator, with over 1,000 dataset relationships and growing, we are uniquely positioned to independently aggregate, track and measure dataset predictions. 
 
The key benefits for buyers of alternative datasets include dataset prioritization and capturing alpha. 

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Ian.

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