Chris Meredith is co-Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management. In this episode, we focus on the latter title and talk all about what it means to develop a strong research program.
Our conversation centers around what Chris considers to be the three key pillars: data, tools, and people.
Chris provides insight into how data sets have changed since the beginning of his career, starting with highly structured price and fundamental data to so-called “pointy,” highly specific data sets and now completely unstructured blobs of information. He offers his thoughts into how this growing information set represents both an opportunity for researchers as well as a risk, requiring careful forethought into how it is going to be attacked.
Our discussion of tools covers both the digital and the physical. We talk about the influence of open-source software, the growing role of machine learning, and the operational benefits of treating each researcher’s laptop like a stand-alone research sandbox.
It is easy to tell that while Chris has a passion for the data and tools, he truly believes that they are for naught without the right people and he shares some of his ideas on how to maximize the potential of his team. Chris also sheds light on the OSAM research partners program, which grants 3rd party researchers access to the OSAM data platform. This new initiative is a highly unusual approach for a traditionally secretive industry, but early papers coming from their collaborations suggest it may bear significant fruit.
Please enjoy my conversation with Chris Meredith.
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