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The Data Factory, Part One: Acquiring the right data

This is part one of a series of blog posts exploring the data factory, the premier approach to data management. In the assembly line model that powers the data factory, as with many other things, well begun is half done. The first stage in any data process is acquiring the right data for your  organization’s needs. The process of acquiring data involves a number of smaller steps which include sourcing; contracting; extracting, transforming and loading the data; and business development. These steps are by no means linear. They can and often do happen simultaneously.  This stage is all about ensuring...

The Data Factory

This is an introduction to a series of blog posts exploring the data factory, the premier approach to data management.  The data explosion From the evolving landscape of data privacy regulation to record-breaking acquisitions in data production, distribution and analytics, the world has its eye on data.  Even in the finance industry, data is no longer only the concern of quantitative funds and data scientists. To varying degrees, data is infused in the investment decision-making process for all types of investors. While a quant fund may rigorously test a dataset for months to ensure that it’s up to the task...

Capitalizing on ETF data: In conversation with Atom Finance

Atom Finance turned to Nasdaq APIs for ETF and fund data to help fuel their research platform. Learn more about their experience with Nasdaq’s data. If you were an investor in the 80s, chances are good that you couldn’t do without a Bloomberg Terminal. The system burst onto the scene in 1982 and has remained in the investment industry’s toolkit ever since, alongside an ever-growing collection of datasets and analytics tools that help investment professionals make well-informed decisions. Data used to be a tool accessible mostly to the well-funded investor. Now, data and other information is available to investors of...

Introducing Hamza Khan, Quandl’s new Head of European Data

We are excited to welcome Hamza Khan as Head of European Data. In anticipation of the growing investor demand for regional data, Khan will lead Quandl’s data strategy and expand our presence in the European market.  “Investor demand for European alternative data has been rising, but supply has not kept pace,” said Tammer Kamel, Head of Nasdaq’s Quandl. “Hamza understands what our customers need and can marry that with his expert knowledge of the European domain.” Khan began his career as a quantitative analyst and was the head of commodities strategy at ING prior to founding Suburbia, a technology company...

The future of data privacy in alternative data

An interview with Peter Greene We had the opportunity to interview Peter Greene, Vice Chair of the Investment Management Group at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, on the topic of data privacy in alternative data. We cover the evolution of data compliance, current challenges in the regulatory scheme and how data privacy might evolve in the future. Comments have been condensed and edited for clarity. Looking back at your presentation from the 2020 Quandl Data Conference, how important is data privacy and data compliance for a hedge fund or data-driven investor today versus 5 years ago? Greene: A lot has changed. Five...

The best FX datasets on Quandl: volume, flow, swap and more

Over the years, we’ve scouted the forex landscape to bring you a world class portfolio of FX data products. Quandl’s FX data includes foreign exchange volume and flow by currency and participant type, swap and forward volume, rates and much more. Here are the most popular (and most essential) foreign exchange datasets on Quandl. FX Alternative Data Bundle Quandl’s most powerful FX data comes from the world’s largest multi-currency cash settlement system, settling more than 50% of FX transactions globally. Prior to their foundation, FX transaction data was widely dispersed and hard to aggregate. Our ability to source and present...

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