Systematic Active Equity

Big Data in asset management

A vast and growing resource

Each second, oceans of new data are being generated by the internet, smart phones, satellites and other innovations. This data is often referred to as “Big Data”. Big Data is more varied, more voluminous, and are generated with ever-increasing velocity than traditional data. It is also larger and more complex than traditional data sets and cannot be managed by traditional data processing.

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

Zettabyte era

This began in 2012 or 2016, depending on your preferred definition. Globally, digital data volume first exceeded a zettabyte in 20121, and internet traffic passed that mark in 20162. A zettabyte is a measure of data storage and equals 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.

How tech is changing asset management

1Source: IDC, April 2017
2Source: Silicon Angle, March 2018

Uncovering hidden investment opportunities through Big Data

We can harness billions of data points generated globally to gain additional insight. Alongside traditional investment insights, they can help to build portfolios that aim to deliver long-term capital growth and value to investors.


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Forecasted volume of data that will be created worldwide in 2025

Global Data revenue forecast for 2026

SourceEnterprise Storage Forum April 2017.
SourceForecast of Big Data market size, based on revenue from 2011 to 2017. August 20191.


How tech is changing asset management
Technology is transforming the way we work. Asset managers are no exception as they seek better investment outcomes for clients.
How tech is changing asset management

Why BlackRock for systematic active equity?

As pioneers in managing systematic active equities, our expertise dates back to 19851. At BlackRock, our investors and researchers use proprietary techniques to seek insights with the aim of delivering consistent, differentiated outperformance. In an age in which we are overloaded with information, the ability to process large amounts of data by using systematic, quantitative techniques can create a significant advantage.

1 Includes investors’ years within Barclays Global Investments and Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors