The importance of statistical programming for investment managers

Almost every portfolio manager uses some form of quantitative analysis. Most still rely on Excel spreadsheets, but this popular tool constrains the creativity of analysis and struggles to cope with large data sets. Statistical programming in R and Python both facilitates and widens the scope of analysis. In particular, it allows using high-frequency data, alternative data sets, textual information and machine learning. And it greatly enhances the display and presentation of analytical findings.