Category: Data

Calling corporates, monetise your data!

I’ve been looking at markets for over a decade. Throughout my career, I’ve always been looking to find unusual and exciting datasets to shed new light on markets and find alpha. Back in 2008, I published an article for Lehman Brothers FX Research examining the use of Google Trends to trade currencies, which was a…

Painting in the colour of alternative data

I must preface what I’m about to write, by stressing I know very little about art. I like photography, but in terms of “creating” art, I haven’t strayed beyond that. I might just about be able to pick out a Picasso, recognise a Rembrandt or memorise a Mondrian, but that’s about it. However, what little I do…

Mince pie data

The sun is slowly receding, the sky is darkening early each day, the leaves have fallen: signs that Christmas is drawing near. When I was younger there was something which puzzled me most of all about Christmas. That something was the humble mince pie. I could not quite understand where precisely the mince was, since it…