Data Minds - Proactive Data Strategies for Navigating Market Uncertainty | September 14, 2023 [Recording Available]

The US has yet to experience the recession that many experts predicted earlier in the year, but with one of the most historically volatile months for markets ahead (October), paired with ongoing headwinds that include a softening consumer, slowing labor market and high interest rates, concerns still remain.

During this Data Minds session, capital markets experts will weigh in on how best to source and utilize data in uncertain times to help you outperform your benchmark.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Global trading and risk outlook for Q4 and how to leverage the right data
  • Inflation vs. interest rates - experts' view on the primary long-term concern for investors
  • US stock options are on track to topple last year's record number of contracts - what does this mean for markets?
  • Opportunities and threats within the alt data market
  • AI tool use cases (no hype, just practical examples)
See speaker information below video.


Chris Petrescu

Founder of CP Capital
Formerly at ExodusPoint and WorldQuant

Chris founded CP Capital to bring Data Strategy as a Service to the financial world. Chris was previously Head of Data Strategy at ExodusPoint Capital Management, where he managed global data sourcing and strategic enterprise data efforts across both quantitative and discretionary teams across all asset classes.


Melissa Brown

Managing Director, Applied Research

As an author of Axioma Insight: Quarterly Risk Review, Melissa reports on the state of risk in publicly traded equity markets around the globe. In addition, she is a frequent speaker on market risk and is often quoted by the financial media. Prior to Axioma, Melissa held positions at Wintrust Capital Management, Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Prudential Securities.

Sean Feeney

Head of US Options

Sean manages the day to day business operations of Nasdaq's six US Options venues. With 24 years of experience in the Options industry in trading, product development, and the exchange space, Sean's focus is on the market structure and technical microstructure surrounding high frequency trading in US Options. Sean has been, and continues to be, an active contributor to the development and expansion of electronic markets in the US.

Todd Schmucker

Director of Data Strategy
Walleye Capital

Todd is a seasoned alt data executive with over 25 years of experience buying, building, and selling data and insights to institutional investors. He spent the prior decade building and growing data strategy and data acquisition functions for two blue chip, global hedge funds. He was the founder and head of data strategy and data sourcing at Balyasny Asset Management. Prior to Balyasny, Todd spent 6 years as a senior member of Point72 Asset Management's data strategy team in a similar role. Todd has driven significant and sustainable alpha with his unique ideas and has regularly partnered with his firms' data scientists and analysts to create and commercialize proprietary insights and products.

Ed Lavery

VP, Investor Intelligence

Ed is currently the VP of Investor Intelligence heading up the Finance vertical at, the market leading geolocation data provider. Prior to this, he spearheaded the Finance vertical at Similarweb, which he led for over 6 years, enabling them to become a global leader in the alternative data space. Ed is a seasoned thought leader and has worked with 100s of investment institutions helping them drive their adoption of Alternative Data.