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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...

An Introduction to Chinese Futures Data

Chinese futures data has always been in high demand among our users. For years, China consumed more commodities than any other country. The current economic slump and "commodities hangover" have only heightened the interest in data on Chinese futures. That's why we're especially excited to offer these new free databases on the four mainland exchanges. Chinese futures and the commodities hangover The impact of booms and busts on commodities is nothing new, but China's rapid growth in the face of the 2008 recession changed the game. Most countries needed to slash interest rates to keep their economies afloat. The extremely low interest rates helped China grow even faster. It...

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