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Investing in innovators: how patent valuation changes the game

Innovative businesses are more likely to outperform regressive ones in the long run—this assumption is something akin to gospel for companies and investors alike.  But a problem arises when investors try to concretely account for the innovativeness of a particular company: innovation is intangible and thus difficult to evaluate.  Thankfully, there is an alternative data answer to the problem. Patents are an excellent way to evaluate a company’s innovativeness and uncover value that doesn’t show up on balance sheets. They are a powerful leading indicator and can signal a company’s potential future growth. Developing new products, new technologies and licenses—and...

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...

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,...

The Breakout Stars of Black Friday 2019

2019's Black Friday and Cyber Monday marked the biggest weekend ever in e-commerce [MarketWatch]. Thanks to near real-time updates from Quandl's E-Commerce Intelligence (ECI) data product, we already have a first look at three of the stars who emerged during this year's shopping bonanza. Read on to see: How Turtle Beach may be on their way to another record-breaking yearHow the near-3 year old Switch continues to fuel Nintendo’s successHow GoPro surged over the Black Friday 2019 weekend Using E-Commerce Intelligence to unwrap alpha in 2020 Everything we’re about to show you comes from ECI and aims to deliver early...

Black Friday Surprise: E-Commerce Intelligence from Quandl

Quandl’s newest dataset: 1000+ brands, $15bn revenue, 250+ e-tailers Every year, after a day of poultry-themed festivities, millions of Americans follow their tryptophan rush with the biggest days in retail: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And, every year, the proportional amount of online shopping increases. Following the trend, Black Friday 2019 should see yet another decrease in foot traffic and yet another increase in digital sales. As online purchases become a larger segment of total retail, e-commerce activity becomes more representative of overall company performance. For the data-driven investor, this means that access to e-commerce sales data is an increasingly...

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