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Know Faster and Invest Better by Nowcasting Macroeconomic Indicators All Over the World
First Friday of each month, at 8:30 am EST, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases one of the most important macroeconomic indicators - the jobs report or non-farm payrolls (NFP) that makes headlines and moves financial markets worldwide. What is the value of knowing NFP 2 to 3 weeks in advance and 10% more accurately than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Wall Street analysts? Instead of waiting months to know key economic concepts like the GDP, sophisticated investors are leveraging the science of nowcasting to open a clearer window into the future. Nowcasting or real-time measurement using alternative ("Big") data and machine learning is particularly impactful in emerging economies and also has the potential for driving positive social impact. Dr. Hossein Kazemi of the FDP Institute is delighted to share details from Apurv Jain, CEO, and Founder at MacroXStudio, about this exciting new area of data analytics. Apurv will be providing a quick demonstration of their Nowcasting platform, so please join us.

Webinar attendees can also download a preprint copy of Apurv’s book chapter on “Alternative Data and Machine Learning for Macro Nowcasting” appearing in Machine Learning And Data Sciences For Financial Markets - published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.

Presentation will last approximately 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. Session will be recorded, and the recording link will be sent to those who have registered for the webinar.

Oct 26, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Hosssein Kazemi, PhD, CFA
Senior Advisor @FDP Institute
Dr. Hossein Kazemi, Ph.D., CFA, is the Sr. Advisor to the FDP Program. Dr. Kazemi assists with the development of the CAIA and FDP program curriculum, he serves as the editor of Alternative Investment Analyst Review, which is published by the CAIA Association. Dr. Kazemi has been involved in the CAIA Association since inception as a senior adviser and board member. Dr. Kazemi is a Professor of Finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Kazemi is currently the Director of the Center for International Securities & Derivatives Markets, a nonprofit organization devoted to research in the area of alternative investments, a co-founder of the CAIA Association, and home to CISDM Hedge Fund/CTA Database and the Journal of Alternative Investments, the official research publication of the CAIA Association. He has a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan.
Apurv Jain
Founder and CEO @MacroXStudio
Apurv is an entrepreneur and researcher who combines finance and data science expertise for social and commercial impact. Before MacroXstudio, he founded and led alternative data-based investing efforts at Microsoft. His finance experience includes managing a $3B portfolio at Microsoft Capital Markets, research at Bridgewater Associates, and exotic options structuring at Deutsche Bank. While doing research at Microsoft Research and Harvard Business School, he published articles in top computer science conferences and academic journals. He is an advisor to the Financial Data Professional (FDP) Institute, and has written for CNBC (India).