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UPDATE: Iron Ore in a Meltdown?

UPDATE: We recently published an updated report on our iron ore monthly insights, featuring our Q1 estimates for each company. Our monthly report is released two to three weeks earlier than public company data. We currently distributed our monthly report on FactSet and Thomson Reuters.  Back in November, the Chinese government imposed regulations on steel production to curb the pollution in areas surrounding Beijing. We predicted that the restrictions would pull the players in iron ore industry in opposing directions: While the general reduction of steel production would reduce the overall demand for iron ore, the intense crackdown on domestic...

Tesla’s Model 3 Has Miles to Go

Manufacturing bottlenecks continue to plague the Tesla Model 3. In October, Tesla’s target of 5,000 car deliveries per week by Q4 2017 was pushed back to Q1 2018. Yesterday, Tesla pushed the target back again, to Q2 2018, after a disappointing quarter for production. Quandl clients had early warning of this shortfall thanks to our model-level insurance policy dataset. Read on for more details. Tesla Stuck in “Production Hell” A few years ago, CEO Elon Musk claimed that Tesla would deliver over 100,000 Model 3s in 2017. That aggressive goal was subsequently scaled back substantially, to a seemingly more achievable...

5 Misleading Myths About Alternative Data

One of the (many) interesting things about alternative data is how difficult it is to define. Most people define it by what it is not: “any non-market data is alternative data”. But very few are actually able to pinpoint what it actually is. The reason, I suspect, is that alternative data is a moving target. It comes from different sources, takes different forms, and offers insights on different verticals. For example, satellite imagery can predict oil inventories, online job listings can track company growth, and insurance records can track auto sales: that’s 3 different data types, from three different sources,...

Alternative Data in Action: Iron Ore in a Meltdown?

China is both the world's largest producer and the world's largest importer of iron ore. This can result in some curious dynamics in the market, especially when China's internal supply and demand for iron ore become unbalanced.   Recent developments form an interesting case study. The Chinese government has been getting tougher on smog, and this means cutting steel production, which is a major source of pollutants. How will this affect global iron ore markets? Alternative data may hold the answer. Air Care The Chinese government has made it a policy priority to reduce the smog that envelops many of...

Data Monetization: Pricing Your Data Product

Pricing Your Data Product You’ve built your data product and are ready to put it on the market. You’ve done your due diligence, making sure that your data is clean, predictive and completely scrubbed of sensitive information. You’ve created great relationships with hedge funds and consultants. Everything seems to be in order until you make that first call with a potential client. They ask, “How much do you charge for your data?” In other words, is there any logic to the way you are pricing your data product. What do you charge, indeed: Is your asking price too high, too...

Data Monetization: Marketing and Selling Your Data Product

In the last post, we covered compliance concerns and data privacy and discussed what hedge funds expect in their data products. In this post, let's assume your product is fully developed and ready to be sold. Just get your marketing team on it, right? Not exactly. Even if you're a data company, marketing and selling data products to Wall Street is a unique process. Active managers make their wealth partly by keeping their circles closed. Therefore, despite having successfully productized your data assets, you may still not be able to penetrate the coterie that is Wall Street — your key demographic....

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