Prior to joining Catana Capital, Holger Knauer was a board member of EUR 1.8bn Celios Investment-AG TGV and its predecessor Prisma Investment-AG TGV since 2011 which he co-founded. Before that he was with Universal Investment for more than a decade as a deputy head of department for institutional sales and relationship management.
UCITSindex.com: Although big data has been a buzzword for quite some time, the finance industry seems to be late to the party once again. Except Google’s plans to launch robo-advisors at some point in the future not much seems to happen. Why are there not more fund managers building products around big data?
Holger Knauer: Because it is not so easy to do and many fund managers are still quite relaxed in their comfort zone. With volatility in markets increasing, the accelerating negative interest environment and crowded carry trades no longer working, however, this is about to change. So investors are looking for new ways of allocating and our Big Data based asset management approach is a way to do that. There are a number of large funds experimenting with big data already, but many of them are still either trying to understand what it is all about or using it as one of many components to their existing trading strategies. Read More