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COVID-19’s Economic Impact (Thus Far)

Over the past months, we’ve watched the dramatic and unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on society, the economy and markets. Through these waves of uncertainty, our curiosity around how these effects will manifest in the world’s data continues unabated. Based on input from industry insiders and Quandl’s data science team, here are the five categories of data (and the related questions they answer) that we find most interesting and important right now. 1 – Supply Chain Our first category is supply chain data.  In particular, information pertaining to disruptions and shortages, logistical issues, inventory buildup or depletion, factory closures and restarts,...

Bollinger Band Breakout Augmented with FX 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...

FX Data and Currencies on Quandl

Quandl has a number of high-quality databases covering foreign exchange rates and currencies: spot and reference rates, trade-weighted rates; real and PPP-adjusted rates, and much more.  This post lists a few of the most popular of the FX datasets available on Quandl. Update: Learn more about the new additions to Quandl's world class portfolio of essential FX data products. Central Bank Reference Rates A few central banks publish reference exchange rates across markets. The best of these is probably the Bank of England. BOE publishes rates to convert over 40 global currencies to the US Dollar, Pound Sterling, and the...

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...

Cutting-edge 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 data 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...

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