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The Landscape of Auto Industry Data

Since man first invented the wheel, our need to optimize the way we get around has been an almost primeval obsession. From the advent of the first motorized vehicle to self-driving cars, the auto industry has evolved quickly in its embrace of technology. We are now experiencing what is probably the greatest advancement in the automotive sector since Henry Ford first designed his moving assembly line: the rise of the connected car. Per Scotiabank’s BI Intelligence Estimates, by 2020 more than 75% of new cars shipped will be Internet-connected. From reading your Facebook notifications to measuring safety and engine health,...

The Results Are In: Feedback on the Alternative Data Weekly

We asked and you answered. In our mission to continually improve the digital experience across all channels, we recently sent a survey to subscribers of our Alternative Data Weekly newsletter to gain insight on what you most enjoyed reading, what industries were of interest and what content you would like to see more of. We had a great response to the request and thank all those who took the time to help enrich our newsletter. The feedback was overall positive with 82% of readers stating that they would recommend the Alternative Data Weekly to a friend. We also asked what...

One Doc to Rule Them All: Quandl Launches API Documents 2.0

An API is only as good as its documentation. Everyone knows that. But not everyone knows how much work goes into making (and then keeping) documentation good. From the dev and marketing teams to the data scientists and UX specialists (not to mention the insightful user feedback we’ve been receiving since day one), we need all hands on deck to build, deliver and maintain good docs. As some of our users have pointed out, our API documentation has needed a revamp for some time now. Because of Quandl’s constantly growing functionality and tools, we kept adding to our docs piecemeal...

Quandl Launches New Search and Browse

We’re pleased to announce the general availability of our new search and browse experience on Quandl. Over the last six months, we have been hard at work iterating and testing a substantially improved data discovery experience. After hundreds of builds, five separate beta tests, thousands of survey questions and plenty of heated (though enjoyable) debates, we think we’ve got something you’ll love. Thanks to those of you who offered beta feedback. Your wisdom, intuition and in some cases wit went a long way towards informing the iterations of these critical functions. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you....

Icebergs, Chameleons and Vipers: A Survey of FX Execution

The foreign exchange market has long been the most decentralized and opaque of all markets. As a result, FX traders labor under major informational disadvantages compared to their peers in other asset classes. Unlike equity markets, where SEC regulations mandate that public exchanges report transaction prices and daily trading volumes, FX boasts no such unified data sources. There are no central exchanges, pits or bulletin boards. Instead, FX transactions take place via a million phone calls, client visits, email threads and trading platforms. The entire market is over-the-counter, party to party, and nobody knows what anybody else is doing beyond...

Bollinger Band Breakout Augmented with Volume

This alternative data in action post looks at the power of currency volume data. CLS has just published the first true global foreign exchange (FX) volume database. Commercially available for the first time via Quandl, this database is the most accurate, most comprehensive and timeliest gauge of currency trading volume ever published. In this post, we present the results of augmenting a well-known FX trading strategy - Bollinger Band breakout - with data from our CLS Daily FX Volume database. This database, along with the CLS Hourly Volume database, offers access to the broadest set of executed trade data in...

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