Thomson Reuters launches additional news analytics for trading and risk management

16 January 2009

Thomson Reuters today announced it has expanded its machine-readable news offering to include unique real-time analysis on key news events, which has the capacity to help predict market volatility and returns. NewsScope Event Indices (NEI) has been developed in conjunction with AlphaSimplex Group and will enable clients to more easily incorporate news into their trading and risk management strategies.

NewsScope Event Indices, which have been shown to predict returns and volatility in the major asset classes, are targeted at hedge funds and investment banks pursuing quantitative driven investment and trading strategies. The indices will be a key capability within the Thomson Reuters Quantitative and Event Driven Trading solution portfolio which offers the financial community comprehensive historical archive and real-time content sets together with analytical tools for quantitative investment strategies.

NEI works by creating real-time indices which measure when abnormally large amounts of news occur in various categories. When the level of news in these categories reaches a certain threshold, a signal is sent to a customer’s trading or risk management system alerting them to potential market movements. Clients will have access to detailed whitepapers which discuss the research methodology and historical data that test the applicability of the indices for their trading strategies and risk management systems.

Mike Powell, Global Head of Enterprise Information, Thomson Reuters, commented: "The launch of NewsScope Event Indices reflects our continued desire to look for opportunities to innovate around our core strength as a leading global news and financial data provider and help our customers extract greater value from our content. Our collaboration with AlphaSimplex enables us to deliver the actionable information that can help them more intelligently incorporate the impact of news and events into their trading and risk strategies.”

Andrew Lo, Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of AlphaSimplex, said, "AlphaSimplex is excited to be working with Thomson Reuters in bringing the NewsScope Event Indices to market. By combining AlphaSimplex's experience in quantitative research with Thomson Reuters market data and news expertise, we are able to deliver a unique set of real-time news analytics that allow investors to seize market opportunities and manage event risk."

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