BACKGROUND

Innovations in Finance and harnessing of Technology have resulted in making the term Fintech a portmanteau word. In the evolution of the BFSI sector Fintech has assumed a pivotal role; but it also had an impact on traditional order. The rise of AI and Machine learning has enhanced many aspects of investment models and technologies, at the same time it has disrupted some other.

Applications of Alternative Data in Fintech are growing at a great pace; the question is how to discover new sources of alpha and create strategies and signals. Here the challenge is to discover hidden coupling of multiple data sources. Text analysis, Natural Language Processing and analysis of News, Micro blogs, investor sentiment are well established. Bringing all these advances together new applications in trading, fund management and risk control have continued to emerge.

Today Fintech has influenced all aspects of the finance industry – banking and capital markets, asset and wealth management, insurance, and funds transfer and payments.

There are four main themes for this two-day online event:

Theme 1: Rise of SRI and ESG in the Investment Industry

Theme 2: Derivative products and VIX

Theme 3: Alternative Data

Theme 4: Fixed Income, Credit Scoring and Insurance

EVENT TIME

This event is mainly focused on participants from Europe and UK. The event time is set so that participants from UK or Europe may attend in the morning from 9:30 GMT or 10:30 CEST

Attend this event and earn GARP/CPD credit hours.

UNICOM has registered this program with GARP for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Attending this program qualifies for 14 GARP CPD credit hours. If you are a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM®), or Energy Risk Professional (ERP®), please record this activity in your Credit Tracker.

Discounted attendance offer:
If you are a GARP Alumni, that is, an ERP or FRM certificate holder then avail yourself a 20% discount offer for the event registration fee. To know more about the offer contact us [email: finteam@unicom.co.uk]

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Call for Participation

We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of AI, Machine Learning, Sentiment Analysis.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

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Programme Under Development

Day 1 (3 November)
Day 2 (4 November)

[10:30 BST]
INTRODUCTION
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Gautam Mitra, CEO, OptiRisk / UNICOM

Gautam Mitra, CEO, OptiRisk / UNICOM

THEME: ALTERNATIVE DATA

[10:37 BST]
TRADING TRIBES, FRACTIONALIZATION OF INTERNET INVESTING
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Pierce Crosby, General Manager, TradingView

Pierce Crosby, General Manager, TradingView

Financial Markets Were Once Centralized By The Floors Of Exchanges, Access Was Granted Only To A Small Number Of Accredited Investors, And Diffusion Of Information Was Limited. Today, The Internet Is The Trading Floor, And Markets Are Fractionalized. Explore The Various Online Communities Which Have Made Markets So Disperse In This Quick Presentation With Pierce Crosby, General Manager At Tradingview.

[10:57 BST]
GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY: ALTERNATIVE DATA INDICATORS
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Marta Lopata, Chief Growth Officer, Thinknum And Boris Spiwak, Director Of Marketing, Thinknum

Marta Lopata, Chief Growth Officer, Thinknum And Boris Spiwak, Director Of Marketing, Thinknum

As The Pandemic Drove Economic And Social Activity Online, New Data Trails Were Left Behind. This Talk Describes How Innovative Investors Leverage Web Data To Track Their Portfolio Companies During The Current Economic Recovery – From Using Hiring Data As A Valuable Leading Indicator Of Future Corporate Performance, To Running Sentiment Analysis On Social Media Posts And Online Employee Ratings, And More.

[11:17 BST]
Q/A SESSION
Followed by COMFORT BREAK

[11:37 BST]
TITLE – TBC
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Richard Peterson, Ceo, Marketpsych And Anthony Luciani, Quantitative Researcher At Marketpsych

Richard Peterson, Ceo, Marketpsych And Anthony Luciani, Quantitative Researcher At Marketpsych

[11:57 BST]
POSITION STATEMENT
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Keith Black, Managing Director/Program Director, Fdp Institute

Keith Black, Managing Director/Program Director, Fdp Institute

The Financial Data Professional Institute is building a global community of financial data scientists through the FDP Charter. In this one level exam, candidates will study artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and alternative data as applied to financial services problems. FDP charterholders reside in 36 countries.

[12:07 BST]
PANEL 1: ALTERNATIVE DATA
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Moderator: KEITH BLACK
Contributor:

  • PIERCE CROSBY
  • BORIS SPIWAK, MARTA LOPATA
  • RICHARD PETERSON

[12:47 BST]
ICE BREAKING SESSION INTRODUCING SPONSORS

THEME: DERIVATIVE PRODUCTS AND VIX

[12:57 BST]
AI & ML PREDICT THE MARKET: METHODOLOGY OF STRAGERY CREATION ILLUSTRATED BY USE CASE
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Prof Gautam Mitra, Ceo, Optirisk Systems/Visiting Professor, Ucl

Prof Gautam Mitra, Ceo, Optirisk Systems/Visiting Professor, Ucl

[13:17 BST]
TBC- NEW DIRECTIONS AND FINDING NEW ALPHA IN LOW FREQUENCY SYSTEMATIC TRADING
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Andrea Nardon, Chief Quant Officer, Fund Manager, Black Alpha Capital

Andrea Nardon, Chief Quant Officer, Fund Manager, Black Alpha Capital

Machine learning tools have started to be widely accepted within the investor base. On one hand this allows quant researchers to explore newer input-output relationships that human eyes struggle to identify but on the other hand when these tools are not properly used, they can introduce new risks which can cause undesired outcomes.

[13:37 BST]
Q/A SESSION
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  • GAUTAM MITRA
  • ANDREA NARDON

[10:30 BST]
INTRODUCTION
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Gautam Mitra, CEO, OptiRisk / UNICOM

Gautam Mitra, CEO, OptiRisk / UNICOM

THEME: FIXED INCOME

[10:37 BST]
TBC- NEWS SENTIMENT ANALYSIS IN EM SOVEREIGN DEBT RESEARCH, INVESTMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT
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Jacob Gelfand, Director, Quantitative Investment Strategies, Research And Analytics, Northwestern Mutual And Kamilla Kasymova, Director – Quantitative Research & Analytics – Investment Risk Management, Northwestern Mutual

Jacob Gelfand, Director, Quantitative Investment Strategies, Research And Analytics, Northwestern Mutual And Kamilla Kasymova, Director – Quantitative Research & Analytics – Investment Risk Management, Northwestern Mutual

We present the internally developed framework for ex-ante analysis of the foreign exchange and sovereign bond markets based on the news sentiment in global and local media, the Global Economy and Markets Sentiment (GEMS) model. The predictive analytics from GEMS model are used to enhance the fundamental analysis to better assess risks and opportunities in the Emerging Markets sovereign debt market. We introduce the long-term and short-term trading strategies based on the produced GEMS analytics and spearhead the discussion about predictive qualities of the produced analytics.

[11:02 BST]
INTERPRETABLE MACHINE LEARNING FOR DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION
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Peter Schwendner, Professor, Head Of Institute Of Wealth And Asset Management

Peter Schwendner, Professor, Head Of Institute Of Wealth And Asset Management

[11:22 BST]
TITLE – AGE OF JAPANESE ALTERNATIVE DATA
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Masashi Tsujinaka, Ceo, Nowcast

Masashi Tsujinaka, Ceo, Nowcast

The Age Of Japanese Alternative Data Is Coming. The Industrial Association Is Set Up And Many Data Holders Are Active To Sell The Data – Japanese Government Pushes “Data Ecosystem” Recently – I Will Showcase Some Of The Representative Use Cases Or Available Data Sets For Japan Market – At Last, We Will Present How Nowcast Leads This Market In Japan And What Kind Of Data Sets It Provides.

[11:32 BST]
Monitoring language metrics on Earnings Calls Transcripts
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Dr. Matteo Campellone and Dr. Francesco Cricchio, Ceo, Brain

Dr. Matteo Campellone and Dr. Francesco Cricchio, Ceo, Brain

The processing of information contained in textual unstructured content in financial analysis is quickly expanding across both quantitative and discretionary trading strategies. Through its proprietary Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing platform Brain is able to process news, company filings, earnings calls and others sources of data to create proprietary signals and alternative datasets for investors.We illustrate an example of extracting information from Earnings Calls Transcripts.

[11:42 BST]
TITLE – TBC
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Ganesh Mani – President, The Global Innovation Center Inc

Ganesh Mani – President, The Global Innovation Center Inc

[11:52 BST]
Q/A SESSION
Followed by PANEL 2: ALTERNATIVE DATA
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Moderator: KEITH BLACK OR GAUTAM MITRA
Contributor:

  • JACOB GELFAND, KAMILLA KASYMOVA
  • PETER SCHWENDNER
  • MASASHI TSUJINAKA
  • GANESH MANI
  • MATTEO CAMPELLONE

[12:32 BST]
PRESENTATION BY SPONSORS

THEME: RISE OF SRI AND ESG IN THE INVESTMENT INDUSTRY

[12:42 BST]
FORECASTING CARBON INTENSITY WITH MACHINE LEARNING
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David Jessop, Head Of Investment Risk, Columbia Threadneedle Investments Emea Apac

David Jessop, Head Of Investment Risk, Columbia Threadneedle Investments Emea Apac

The path to a low carbon economy involves encouraging companies to lower their carbon intensity. It could be beneficial to find the companies where they are lowering their carbon output. But can we forecast this? The problem is a very short time series of carbon data – perhaps 10 years at best, which means

[13:02 BST]
TITLE – ESG DATA AND INVESTMENT RETURNS
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Richard Peterson, Ceo, Marketpsych And Anthony Luciani, Quantitative Researcher At Marketpsych

Richard Peterson, Ceo, Marketpsych And Anthony Luciani, Quantitative Researcher At Marketpsych

Learn How Esg Perceptions And Controversies Are Detected In News And Social Media Using Ai
– Identify Which Esg Factors Have Been Leading Shares Higher, And Which Are Irrelevant (Or Even Damaging) To Shareholder Value
– See How Specific Esg Controversies Affect Corporate Share Valuations Over Time

[13:22 BST]
THE FUTURE OF IMPACT FINANCE: VERIFIED PROOF OF IMPACT THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSPARENCY, AND TRUST
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Aisha Williams, Founder And Ceo At Impactvest Ltd.

Aisha Williams, Founder And Ceo At Impactvest Ltd.

[13:42 BST]
TBC-TURNING TEXT TO ESG DATA
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Dan Joldzic, Ceo And Quantitative Researcher, Alexandria Technology

Dan Joldzic, Ceo And Quantitative Researcher, Alexandria Technology

Extracting ESG Insights from News Institutional Newswires continually publish ESG events for companies, from company disclosures to independent editorial work identifying sustainable trends. NLP can scan a larger corpus of information that can be used to capture ESG events faster, which can then be paired with traditional ESG research to have a bigger picture of a company or companies.

[14:02 BST]
PANEL 3: ESG AND SRI
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Moderator: SHREY JHUNJHUNWALA
Contributor:

  • DAVID JESSOP
  • AISHA WILLIAMS
  • DAN JOLDZIC
  • RICHARD PETERSON
  • ANTHONY LUCIANI

[14:42 BST]
VALEDICTORY SESSION

SPEAKERS

Keith Black

Keith Black

Managing Director/Program Director, FDP Institute

Dr. Matteo Campellone

Executive Chairman, Brain

Pierce Crosby

General Manager, TradingView

DAN DIBARTOLOMEO

President and Founder, Northfield Information Services

Jacob Gelfand

Director, Quantitative Investment Strategies, Research and Analytics, Northwestern Mutual

David Jessop

Head of Investment Risk, Columbia Threadneedle Investments EMEA APAC

DAN JOLDZIC

CEO and Quantitative Researcher, Alexandria Technology

Kamilla Kasymova

Director - Quantitative Research & Analytics - Investment Risk Management, Northwestern Mutual

MARTA LOPATA

Chief Growth Officer, Thinknum

ANTHONY LUCIANI

Quantitative Researcher at MarketPsych and MarketPsych Data

Ganesh Mani

President, Global Innovation Center Inc.

GAUTAM MITRA

CEO, OptiRisk / UNICOM

Andrea Nardon

Chief Quant Officer, Fund Manager, Black Alpha Capital

Richard Peterson

CEO, MarketPsych

PETER SCHWENDNER

Professor, Head of Institute of Wealth and Asset Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

BORIS SPIWAK

Director Of Marketing, Thinknum

Masashi Tsujinaka

CEO, Nowcast Inc.

Aisha Williams

Founder and CEO at ImpactVest LTD

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