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Data alternatives – and alternative data – to use during U.S. government shutdowns

The US government shutdown ended on January 25, but with funding only restored until this Friday (February 15), analysts, economists, and other data-dependent specialists may be again in need of reliable alternatives. The 35-day shutdown was the longest ever and left many users - even the Federal Reserve - without the data needed for investment and policy-making decisions.  The most notable gaps were in data collected and released by of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Census Bureau, both under the Commerce Department. Also sidelined were the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and its Economic Research...

Quandl: the next chapter

A lot has changed in the last five years. In 2013 when we launched the Quandl website, we were motivated by a simple vision: making data easy to find and easy to use. It sounds obvious today, but at the time it was quite revolutionary; those were the days of FTP, and CD-ROM, and PDF data tables. Today of course every major data vendor has a web front-end, and a search interface, and a cloud API, and integrations with end-user apps to make data consumption easy. In 2015 when we launched the Quandl data marketplace, we were motivated by a...

Quandl Acquired by Nasdaq to Advance Use of Alternative Data

It has been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to reach out to our entire base of over 400,000 users across the globe. Today I’m delighted to announce that Quandl has been acquired by Nasdaq. Our mission has always been to enable data-driven investing, and now, with Nasdaq’s institutional backing, we will be able to grow and scale faster, with more data and richer functionality on Quandl. Nasdaq’s unique position within the global capital markets will bring us reach, assets, and technology so we can better serve you. Everything is business as usual: our data, our APIs, our website,...

Cutting-edge Quandl-CLS dataset opens new forex frontiers

More than 200 attendees - representing major FX trading desks, liquidity and execution providers, and buy-side firms - joined the Quandl-CLS “New Frontiers in FX Data” webinar to learn how the new datasets from forex settlement giant CLS have been changing forex trading, risk management, execution, and more. Quandl Chief Data Officer Abraham Thomas and special guest Michael Melvin, Executive Director of the Master of Finance program at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management and former senior executive at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, led an engaging discussion on how we can finally use data to gain true insight...

Alternative data sheds light on Tesla’s mysterious delivery numbers

Tesla’s strong Q3 delivery numbers - more than doubling from the prior quarter - was good news for the company. But a new report on mysterious lots of Tesla vehicles appearing across America has fanned speculation that those numbers may not be what they seem. Quandl’s alternative data also indicates that there may be more than meets the eye. UPDATE (October 26, 2018): The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI has stepped up a criminal investigation of whether Tesla is misstating production figures. On Tuesday, October 2, Tesla announced a doubling of deliveries in the third quarter to...

Corporate Aviation Intelligence: The Sky’s the Limit

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Quandl’s Corporate Aviation Intelligence (CAI) product. This institutional-grade product tracks corporate air travel to yield actionable insights into M&A, corporate expansion, competitive intelligence and other market-moving events. TAKEOFF In late January 2017 Actelion's stock jumped by more than 20%, taking the market by surprise. Everyone, that is, except for three hedge funds. Och-Ziff, Eton Park and Elliott Management are said to have tracked J&J’s private jet landing near pharmaceutical company Actelion’s Switzerland headquarters in mid-January. Days later J&J announced a $30 billion acquisition of Actelion, resulting in $300M in upside for these three...

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