Examining hedge funds use of alternative data

Please take a few minutes to answer the below set of questions to help us better understand hedge funds use of alternative data. Alternative data is defined as information used to obtain insight into the investment process that comes from using non-traditional data sources. Often categorised as "big data" meaning the data can be very large and complex and often cannot be handled by software traditionally used for storing or handling data, such as Microsoft Excel. The data can be compiled from sources such as financial transactions, mobile devices, satellites, public record and the internet.
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* 1. What is the primary strategy of your hedge fund?

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* 2. What is the net asset value (US$) of hedge fund assets under management of your firm?

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* 3. Where is your firm headquartered?

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* 4. Over the coming 12 months, are you likely to use alternative data across your firm's business?

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* 5. How many years has your firm used alternative data?

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* 6. How would you best describe your firm’s use of alternative data?

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* 7. For what purposes does your firm use alternative data? Select all that apply.

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* 8. What is the type of alternative datasets that your firm uses? Select all that apply.

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* 9. What are the challenges your firm encounters when using alternative data? Select all that apply.

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* 10. What are the key factors you see as being instrumental to the successful adoption of alternative data across the hedge fund industry? Select all that apply.

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* 11. How important do you see the use of alternative data for enhancing the value proposition of your offering?

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* 12. What percentage of your investment teams are working with alternative data?

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* 13. Is this number likely to increase/decrease over the coming 3 years?

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* 14. What are the most popular hires your firm is making to incorporate the use of alternative data? Select all that apply

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* 15. Does your firm have the necessary talent to analyse and implement alternative data in your investment process?

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* 16. Presently what part/person is providing oversight to your firm's use of alternative data?

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* 17. What percentage of your firm’s total expenses (not including salaries) is currently set aside for sourcing alternative data?

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* 18. Is this number likely to increase/decrease over the coming 3 years?

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* 19. How quickly do you think the use of alternative data will become mainstream in its use across the hedge fund sector?

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* 20. Are you concerned that the proliferation of alternative data sources will eventually diminish the information edge gained from analysing non-traditional data?

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* 21. Optional to answer - Please complete the below contact details.

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