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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...

Bollinger Band Breakout Augmented with FX Volume

This alternative data in action post looks at the power of currency volume data. CLS has just published the first true global foreign exchange (FX) volume database. Commercially available for the first time via Quandl, this database is the most accurate, most comprehensive and timeliest gauge of currency trading volume ever published. In this post, we present the results of augmenting a well-known FX trading strategy - Bollinger Band breakout - with data from our CLS Daily FX Volume database. This database, along with the CLS Hourly Volume database, offers access to the broadest set of executed trade data in...

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...

Finally: A comprehensive, global FX volume database

There is a paradigm change towards increased transparency in the currency market.  CLS has just published the first true global foreign exchange (FX) volume database.  Commercially available for the first time via Quandl, this database is the most accurate, most comprehensive and timeliest gauge of currency trading volume ever published.  CLS’ new FX volume data has been described by one of our customers as “the missing link”.  This post explains why. The Challenge of FX Trading FX is one of the hardest markets from which to profit.  Currencies are incredibly volatile and masquerade as normally distributed only to pop violently in...

FX Data and Currencies on Quandl

Quandl has a number of high-quality databases covering foreign exchange rates and currencies: spot and reference rates, trade-weighted rates; real and PPP-adjusted rates, and much more.  This post lists a few of the most popular of the FX datasets available on Quandl. Update: Learn more about the new additions to Quandl's world class portfolio of essential FX data products. Central Bank Reference Rates A few central banks publish reference exchange rates across markets. The best of these is probably the Bank of England. BOE publishes rates to convert over 40 global currencies to the US Dollar, Pound Sterling, and the...

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