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Research Signals

Gain valuable investment insights through a comprehensive library of global stock selection and strategy signals

Research Signals offers a wide range of fully-integrated research and signal management services, with data standardized across indicators and regions. We are dedicated to discovering new factors related to topical themes and our data offering is complemented by a rich set of analytical tools that support sophisticated performance analysis, research, idea generation, portfolio exposure analysis, and bespoke model development.

Key benefits:

  • Extensive coverage – Identify top performing strategies across universes, horizons and investment themes with factor ranking, correlation and performance metrics for various markets that span more than 30,000 securities across 80 countries
  • Dedicated support – Leverage our experienced team of researchers who identify and validate new signal-generating datasets and methodologies across asset classes, geographies and economic regimes
  • Efficiency – Access proven insights and actionable ranking data, freeing up time and resources otherwise required to define, calculate and test strategies in-house
  • Transparency – Find insight into signal definitions, providing broader perspective beyond standard signals and supporting rapid strategy prototyping
  • Robust analytics – Use web-based analytical tools to monitor, analyze and act on changing factor performance characteristics

Resources: Videos, factsheets, independent research and more


  • Portfolio managers
  • Analysts
  • Investment banks
  • Risk managers
  • Chief investment officers
  • Directors of research

Coverage and Specialty Metrics

Thematic Coverage
Specialty Metrics
  • Value
  • Quality
  • Growth
  • Liquidity, risk and size
  • Price momentum
  • Earnings momentum
  • Macroeconomic
  • Airlines
  • Banks
  • Credit risk
  • ESG
  • Insurance
  • Oil and gas
  • REIT
  • Retail
  • Sector rotation
  • Semiconductors
  • Short sentiment
  • Social media sentiment

Products and Solutions


BattleFin Discovery Day New York
11-12th June, 2019
New York

BattleFin Discovery Day London
25-26th September, 2019


Chris Hammond, CFA

He leads the team's research and new product development. He is a current member of the CFA Society of Chicago and the Chicago Quantitative Alliance. As a graduate in 2007, Mr. Hammond joined Quantitative Services Group, which in 2011 was acquired by Markit, and is now part of IHS Markit. He earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis, US.

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David Riehl

Mr. Riehl works closely with hedge funds and asset managers to solve complex problems related to data and analytics. He is a member of the IHS Markit alternative data committee and head of the Research Signals team. He has been with IHS Markit since 2010 and joined through the acquisition of Data Explorers Ltd. His research has been featured in the Economist, Bloomberg and on CNBC. Mr. Riehl holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Webster University and a graduate certificate in business from Columbia University, New York City, United States.

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