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January 16th, 2018 | New York Times

A.I. May Transform Investing—But Gregg Fisher Isn’t Giving Up on the Human Factor

“Artificial intelligence [A.I.] is taking on a bigger role in making investment decisions,” announces The New York Times in a January 12, 2018, article titled “A.I. Has Arrived in Investing. Humans Are Still Dominating.” Indeed, A.I. does more than just scour mountains of data in search of patterns (though it can do that). Its programs can update themselves to take account of new information—and some investment professionals are bullish about these trends.

Gregg S. Fisher, Gerstein Fisher’s Founder and Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Strategy, is one of the experts consulted in the article, and he takes a nuanced view. He’s not sure that A.I. can handle events with little or no precedent—like the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. And while Gregg admits to being “a fan of automating everything possible,” he takes comfort when there’s “an informed human being with sound judgment at the end of the process.”

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