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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...

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...

BOOK REVIEW: Financial Analytics with R

There’s a new source in town for those who want to learn R and it’s a good, old-fashioned book called Financial Analytics with R: Building a Laptop Laboratory for Data Science.  Written by Mark Bennett and Dirk Hugen, it hits the shelves in the U.K. in September and the U.S. in November. Though designed as a graduate-level textbook, it is a highly appropriate read for practitioners in financial analysis who are new to R, or who want to improve their understanding and use of R. Be warned, however, that a sufficient background in university-level math, statistics, and computer science is...

A Taxonomy For Alternative Data

We're witnessing a data revolution. You all know by now that we've produced more data in the last 2 years than we have throughout all of humanity. And the pace is only increasing. It begs the question: how do you extract actionable trading signals from this brave new world of noise? It starts with understanding the landscape. Here is Quandl's take on the taxonomy of alternative data for finance.  

Satellite Companies Moving Markets

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: high resolution images taken from space now allow us to count cars in retailers’ parking lots, and therefore estimate quarterly earnings ahead of the street. Or this: we can use trigonometry to measure the shadows cast by floating oil tank lids and then gauge the world’s oil supply. Or this: we can monitor the vehicles coming and going from industrial facilities in China, and create a nascent China manufacturing index. Dozens of other possibilities exist, bound only by our ability to imagine what we can infer about markets based on high quality...

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