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Word on the Streets: December 2020

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As we approach Christmas, we would like to wish all our clients, contacts and friends a wonderful Festive Season. Thank you for all your support throughout this extraordinary year and we look forward to working and collaborating with you in 2021!

Special thanks to the Streets Consulting team for their tireless dedication and commitment to helping our clients with their business development, marketing and communications campaigns. We never take lightly the trust clients place in us to support their business through these often challenging and always interesting times.

And finally, save the date: our next #FunTech comedy night in aid of Street Child, a charity close to our hearts, will take place on the evening of the 28th January 2021 (GMT). Details below. 

From everyone here at Streets Consulting, enjoy the Festive Season!

The challenges of backtesting alternative data

Alpha generation is key for hedge funds who are looking at alternative data sources to uncover predictive signals. However, the ability to derive meaningful insights from new alt data - such as Level 3 data - requires a dedicated, scalable compute environment. BMLL CEO Paul Humphrey expands on how BMLL is solving this challenge for the industry.

Technology pitfalls to avoid as we head into 2021

Financial institutions prepare to spend big on IT in 2021, embarking on enormous digital transformation programmes as a result of Covid-19. However, decision-makers need to look carefully at their providers of choice. This article by genesis for Financial News looks at the pitfalls to avoid in 2021 when choosing your technology providers.

Public blockchain networks enhance interoperability

After centuries of advertising a smorgasbord of financing products and advisory services to wholesale customers, investment bankers will soon offer up a menu of blockchains. That is the vision of Jean-Marc Stenger, CEO of Société Générale’s enterprise blockchain unit Forge, which he shared with The Block recently.

The value of analyst meetings has fallen by 47% since January 2020

The latest survey from Substantive Research shows that although analyst interactions have gone up during lockdown, the value of analyst meetings has nearly halved since the start of the pandemic and all meetings turned virtual. CEO Mike Carrodus talked to the Financial Times about this trend in more detail.

The role of algorithmic trading in energy markets

With some European power spot markets recording over 65% of trades being performed by algorithms, it is clear that algo trading remains an important topic for energy market participants. This article from Trayport looks at the business case and benefits of using algorithms in energy trading and what the future of algos looks like.

Ziglu and FareShare partner to redistribute surplus food to charities

Ziglu has launched a Christmas Campaign with FareShare, a charity that redistributes surplus food to charities to turn into meals. Christmas can be a difficult time for many and Ziglu has committed to donate £0.25 per supermarket transaction to FareShare from 10th November to 31st December 2020.

Save the Date:
Virtual #Funtech Comedy Night in aid of Street Child

Once again Streets Consulting and DiverCity Podcast are partnering with Rise, created by Barclays, for the next charity #FunTech Comedy Night on Thursday 28th January from 6-7pm GMT.
Register here to secure your tickets.

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