Event Recap: Kavout Presents at Eagle Alpha New York
On Wednesday May 15, 2019, Kavout attended the event Alternative Data: Access and Alpha, hosted by Eagle Alpha. Attended by over 190 buyside firm representatives and 100 data exhibitors, this was a unique opportunity to introduce prospective clients to the advantages of using machine learning ranking techniques for equity investment.
The event format was simple: no booth but rather 15-minutes speed-dating style meetings between the data vendor and the buyside firm. We had nearly 20 meetings lined up prior to the event. Boy, was that exhausting but time well-spent.
Even before the event, the reception of Kavout was excellent. K Score product profile page was in the top 3 in terms of receiving the most click views. As a result, we were invited to present K Score case studies twice on the day, one of those being spotlighted on the main stage.
We discussed the K Score and its application in the US, United Kingdom and China stock markets. Out of the shadows and into the spotlight, we were very excited to learn that the audience was eagerly anticipating hearing more about K Score.
What did we learn from our time in New York?
- Buyside firms applauded us for three characteristics: our ability to bring unique insight, provide an innovative and high-quality product, and ultimately demonstrate a good return on investment.
- Given Kavout’s sophistication on factor investing, we were happy to hear that firms are looking for new ways to use factors to mitigate risk and/or new ideas.
- The application of machine learning has moved beyond a novelty on Wall Street – Kavout is at the forefront of this. More and more buyside firms are looking to incorporate factors and signals developed from alternative data to find alpha.
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