A recent article from CNBC shows that asset managers and hedge funds are becoming increasingly reluctant to pay for analyst research reports that they once relied on so heavily. In fact, data shows a 25% decrease from client spend on reports compared to a year earlier. While the importance and need for in-depth research and insight is by no means diminishing, the means in which traders are consuming and obtaining analyst intelligence is changing in a somewhat surprising way.
Looking for accurate, comprehensive event data to stay on top of volatility? Wall Street Horizon has the unique tools and the research to support the importance of corporate events relative to volatility.
With the strong comeback of the biotech sector in 2017, now is as good a time as any to consider the corporate event data that can affect volatility. Although event data can range from FDA drug approval dates and FDA Advisory Committee meetings to investor conferences and analyst days, in this post, I’d like to focus on FDA drug approval dates.
In nearly every meeting I have with prospects, they ask the same question:
“How is Wall Street Horizon’s corporate events data better than what we get with our ‘big box’ data terminal?”
Rather than hear from me, answers straight from our clients are far more impactful. After all, they’re the ones paying to use our data every day to inform their models, sharpen their strategies, and to gain an edge that helps them make money or avoid losing it.
Also published in Traders Magazine
We all know what body language is. The classic book Body Language by Julius Fast popularized the topic in 1970 and it has since sold over three million copies.
We all use non-verbal forms of communication with our posture, gestures and facial expressions. Sometimes it’s used consciously and purposefully, such as when a detective interrogates a suspect. But most often, it’s done subconsciously, like when a hiring manager is assessing a job candidate.
Conducted in August 2017, the survey polled over 100 institutional market participants, nearly two-thirds of whom were quantitative or discretionary fund managers. Download the full report of the results which reinforce that corporate events and tracking their movement is critical to trading. Below are some key findings:
Automated traders are in an elite club. Every day, they walk a high-stakes tightrope between the potential for big gains and big losses. Whether you’re a market maker, volatility trader, or systematic trader, every day is like a poker tournament held at microsecond speeds.
For 14 years, Wall Street Horizon has focused on providing accurate corporate event data – because we know that corporate events impact volatility. For example, recent independent academic studies have demonstrated that changes in earnings announcement dates can affect alpha.
Highlights of 2016 Wall Street Horizon research include:
An IRO’s job is to provide bi-directional visibility. They give their management teams visibility into what the financial community thinks about how their companies are being run both individually and as compared to others in their sectors. Ultimately it is those perceptions that affect their stock prices. Conversely, the IRO has groups to service – shareholders, analysts and other financial constituents – for whom they provide visibility into their companies’ strategies, operations and performance.
Here at Wall Street Horizon, tracking corporate events is our business, so as you’d expect, we watch these things very closely.