Cristina Brizido comments on BlackRock’s switch to machines

Cristina Brizido is head of Investments at Caixagest in Lisbon, and a member of InvestmentEurope’s Editorial Board.

In April 2017 she commented on the following question:

 Q. Will BlackRock’s announcement of a switch away from stockpickers to reliance on machines and big data for a chunk of its US business set a trend?

A. Advances in technology have led to significant changes in all industries and asset management is no exception. The use of machines and big data is especially relevant in an era of mass production of data.

A balanced view of technology and traditional ideas is always recommended. Signals to not always work, machine learning is not infallible and does not replace human intelligence.

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Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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