Data Trends for Investment Professionals


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...

Stock Market Data: The Ultimate Guide [Part 2]

Continuing with our guide to stock market data, in this post we will detail the various databases available for analyst ratings and targets, options, futures and indexes, and alternative data. If you haven't yet read Part One then you may do so by visiting here or else continue reading for Part Two. Analyst Ratings and Targets Understanding what other investors and analysts expect from a stock is a key component of forecasting that stock accurately. In certain cases, rosy analyst ratings may reflect a healthy underlying company; in other cases, they may reflect a consensus that is ripe to be...

Trumping Forex Movements with Volume Data

There have been many reports of statements or actions made by Donald Trump having an effect on the stock market. Planet Money even built a bot that trades based on the US president’s many Twitter musings. Now the correlation between political events and market movement has been confirmed in the foreign exchange world. As reported by Reuters, Quandl’s partner CLS Group recently published a report on the real-time correlations between significant political acts that took place during Trump’s first 100 days in office and currency market surges. After Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria, for instance, CLS data confirmed a...

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