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Advent 2019: Integrating Quandl data with Python

Here’s a web application built on top of Quandl’s API in less than an hour. Anvil are building one web app a day for each day of advent, and the app for Day 12 is based on the prices of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This post originally appeared on Anvil’s blog. To view the original article and learn how Anvil empowers users to build and deploy full stack web apps using only Python, click here. Financial data at Christmas Why do governments have underground vaults full of gold, but not frankincense or myrrh? What makes some things commodities and other...

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...

The Inedible Feast

So much data, so little alpha A number of researchers and consulting shops have published projections of just how big the alternative data industry is destined to be. Deloitte, for example, concluded that the industry will swell to $7 billion next year. They go on to note, "There is no shortage of vendors that provide these data sets to Wall Street.” I would suggest the “no shortage” situation is related to the promise of that $7 billion spend. In fact “no shortage” understates what’s going on. The amount of data on offer to professional investors is excessive and quickly becoming...

Update to Quandl Privacy Policy

As a Quandl customer or registered user, the protection of your personal data and privacy is critically important to us. Reflecting Quandl’s acquisition by Nasdaq several months ago, we're writing to inform you that as a member of the Nasdaq family of companies, Quandl is migrated effective June 5, 2019, to the global "Nasdaq Inc., and Affiliated Companies Privacy Policy" which you can read in full here. Our updated policy documents Nasdaq’s global practices to protect personal data and respect individuals’ privacy rights in accordance with global legal requirements and our ethical standards. From a customer experience perspective, this change...

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...

Quandl: the next chapter

A lot has changed in the last five years. In 2013 when we launched the Quandl website, we were motivated by a simple vision: making data easy to find and easy to use. It sounds obvious today, but at the time it was quite revolutionary; those were the days of FTP, and CD-ROM, and PDF data tables. Today of course every major data vendor has a web front-end, and a search interface, and a cloud API, and integrations with end-user apps to make data consumption easy. In 2015 when we launched the Quandl data marketplace, we were motivated by a...

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