AllianceBernstein digs into its own data, looking for alpha

Firm combs through information about its portfolio managers for signs of bias and bad habits


Andrew Chin, head of quantitative research at AllianceBernstein, views its in-house data as “uncharted territory”. Chin, who is also Alliance’s chief risk officer, is looking to scry through so-called alternative data sets beyond the typical market, company and economic fundamentals. And he has a ready hoard of numbers – the firm’s internal and proprietary data – to distil for alpha.

Over the years, AllianceBernstein has gathered data on its portfolio managers’ decisions, from how they trade –

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