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Building Financial Data Time Series Database from scratch

My company is starting a new initiative aimed at building a financial database from scratch. We would be using it in these ways: Time series analysis of: a company's financial data (ex: IBM's total ...
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Where to get long time historical intraday data?

I am looking for long time historical intraday day data on the S&P500 composite for a time horizon like 10 years with a - for example 10-minutes tick - or prices for call/put options on the S&...
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Where can I get historical fundamental data for multiple companies in a single CSV file?

Summary I seek an explicit reference to a source that gives me a fixed URL, e.g. http://example.com/?isin=US1912161007 or ...
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Why quants think that the risk-neutral measure should not be used for financial forecasting?

In posts regarding the $\mathbb{P}$ vs $\mathbb{Q}$ debate (see 1, 2, 3 or 4), most answers conclude that historical-based forecast are better suited than risk-neutral models for financial predictions....
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Data for the Tulip mania

The Tulip mania is considered to be one of the first recorded examples of a speculative bubble in modern history. Long story short, the newly introduced tulip plant in the United Provinces, combined ...
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When hiring a quant, how can I protect my IP?

I am a one-man operation, and would like to hire a quant for around 4 weeks or work. I am worried that the person I hire might copy my data or the indicators that I have him work on. What have ...
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Is Yahoo! Finance data good or bad now?

I have read various blog posts and reddit threads and so on talking about the recent changes to the Yahoo! Finance API and it leaves me very confused. I'm confused about what has changed. Supposedly ...
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What's the most efficient way to store options and time series data for backtesting?

I would like to know what database would you guys use for storing around 500GB-1TB of options and time series tick data. The idea is to use it for backtesting so it would have to be as efficient as ...
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Which data sources are available for cryptocurrencies?

I am primarily looking for price and market cap histories for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, zcash, ... What are some good data sources and APIs where I can download history as well as get ...
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Where can someone get free (or very cheap) high frequency tick forex data?

I am currently working on a large data set (approx 80 million data points over 10 years). I would like another set of data that has one currency in common. Eg, I have EUR/USD and would like USD/CNY or ...
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CDS spread scenarios from historical market data

I'm searching for information on the best way to generate scenarios to be used in VaR or ES calculations, for CDS spreads. Given that we need significant historical data in order to achieve a decent ...
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What happened to the French franc value in August 1969?

I stumbled onto a bit of a mystery. A strange financial blip in a historical database crossed my path and I was wondering if anyone could explain its meaning/cause for me? If this is not the right ...
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How is historical data for forex collected or computed?

I'm looking at four sources of forex data, as compiled in the question, What data sources are available online? And I think I must be misunderstanding something, perhaps something fundamental, but I'm ...
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Data exported from Capital IQ, FactSet, Bloomberg, Compustat

I'm looking for reliable data on US equity fundamentals, but not sure which vendor provides these features: Unlimited data export Coverage of disbanded entities (bankruptcies, M&A) Financial ...
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Where can I get two to four years worth of historic data news for companies included in DJ and S&P?

Where can I get two to four years worth of historic data news for companies included in DJ and S&P? I mean not just prices historic data but also news. Preferably for free and in CSV or any ...
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How to find funds with long history to use in backtest?

Is there a way (website/code) to find funds/etfs for a given asset class and how much data history is available (yahoo finance or other) ? It could be as simple as a list of funds by asset class and ...
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Why are Quantquote historical trades different vom ActiveTick historical trades

I bought quantquote.com historical data of AAPL on second basis. To comapre I also got activetick.com For activetick I used the historical trading API. If you look at around 15:13:53 you see that ...
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Where do I get historic performance data of the MSCI World Growth/Value index

I'm looking for a free data source of historical performance data of the MSCI world Value- and Growth index. The data should be calculated with reinvested dividends.
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Backtesting on historical option data

I have downloaded some daily historical option data for a timespan of 10 years and want to perform trading backtests with them. Data are European index options, on ODAX. My question is about realistic ...
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Why was NASDAQ(or other index) not fluctuating in 70s and 80s?

Today I have a search of historical NASDAQ back to 70s and noticed the index was slightly increasing in 70s-early 90s and rising up and down in recent decade of years. Why would that happen? The only ...
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What are the known flaws and limitations of OptionMetrics data?

Several researchers are skeptical about the database quality, but their argumentation is somewhat unclear to me. For instance, Constantinides, Jackwerth and Perrakis (2008) (link): [...] we were ...
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CAC40 components historical data

I'm looking for historical data of the CAC40 components. I looked at these previously asked questions: What data sources are available online? Finding historical data for indices as well as Yahoo ...
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time in time series database - UTC or local

I strictly store UTC time stamps inside time series files or databases, mainly to allow processing several time series together. Timezone information is kept with each time series file or item, so ...
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Where to get price data on Credit Default Swaps?

I trust market-driven CDS more than credit ratings. Where can one get the CDS of corporate bonds of major companies? Are there any good internet links? If charts on the historical end-of-day prices ...
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How can I export intraday frequency data from Bloomberg and (how) is this procedure different than for lower frequencies?

For a research project, I would like to work with some intraday asset prices. I have already successfully exported the corresponding data at daily frequency, using the Excel API, but somehow this ...
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Missing data in historical simulation VaR

A historical simulation approach to VaR estimation relies on the availability of historical data. What do we do when there is no data (say, spot price and implied volatility surface) as, for example, ...
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Where to get historical equity data?

I have a decade of experience as a software engineer, but little quantitative finance knowledge. I have an idea for a simple trading strategy based around moving averages. In order to test it, I'd ...
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Where can end-of-day price volume data for Japanese stocks be downloaded or subscribed to?

Yahoo finance and google finance do not provide such data. Where can one download Japanese stock data?
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Where can I find API access to historical options data? Paid or free?

I'm looking for a company or website that provides API access to historical options data. I would prefer a provider that has a python module to access the API. Any leads would be appreciated.
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Where can I get equivalent of 3 months libor or swap historical data?

Please note: I have already checked your standard "Historical data sources" link, but it does not have the data I need: I am looking for 5 years of libor/swap data for major currencies. Daily, or ...
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Source for real-time tick data (stock price, etc.) updated every second?

For educational purposes, I'm looking for a source for now's real-time tick data for stock prices, or FOREX, etc., with a 1 second precision. Is there such free data feed? If not, could such data be ...
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S&P 500 total return since 1956

I'm looking for monthly data of the S&P 500 total return since 1956. I have looked into Bloomberg and Datastream, but it looks like there are data only from 1988.
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Sources of index data (MSCI, FTSE, S&P etc.)?

Who are the major suppliers of index data that cover multiple index providers, e.g. MSCI, FTSE, S&P etc? There are a huge number of people sourcing e.g. equity data, but index data is much harder ...
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Where to find historical stock news and other events?

So, I am working on a strategy that has pin-pointed some very interesting events in the form of extremely low volatility. The phenomena spans the past few years and a wide variety of symbols. Now, to ...
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VIX options historical data

I'm looking at these data: call and put options on VIX. I'm interested in daily quotes (all strikes and maturities) for - at least - 2009/10. Could you list link of possible sources? and possibily ...
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How to make a trading universe of liquid futures contracts

I am forming a universe of liquid futures/liquid FX forwards. I want a list of all liquid contracts, the key word being liquid. This is for an academic project, but you could imagine liquid being ...
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Where can I get historical data for crypto currencies with one minute interval?

Where can I get historical data for crypto currencies with one minute time intervals? I tried to use CCXT, but the exchanges I tried have minimum 5 minute interval or some other limits.
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Are there any free data of DAX or DAX future in 1-second or 1-minute time resolution?

Are there any free data of DAX or DAX future in 1-second or 1-minute time resolution ? I would be happy to buy them but everywhere prices starts from 1k $ (minimum value of order), 2016 alone would be ...
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Daily option data

I am wondering where I can pull daily (hourly, by-the-minute, etc. even better) option data for a particular underlying. I would prefer a database I could scrape through and API, but would not mind ...
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Data provider for daily futures settlement prices

Is there a data provider that has historical daily settlement prices for download? I'm interested in a provider that spans multiple exchanges.
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Where can I get historical ticker change database?

There's 30 days worth of data at http://www.otcmarkets.com/marketActivity/symbol-changes - but I'm really looking for the past 10 years, or 5 years if only that is possible. Any dice? The closest I'...
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Bloomberg-alternatives for intraday stock price data?

Given the limitation Bloomberg imposes in terms of the number of days you can go into the past when retrieving historical intraday data, what are similarly reliable alternative solutions? I require ...
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Historical Financial Statement to Backtest in R

I would like to preface this by saying I am preparing for an upcoming internship this summer so I am extremely new to Quant Finance. At my university we have access to Datastream by Thomson Reuters ...
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Is there a better way to price options than with historical volatility?

I know that annualized historical volatility calculated with closing prices is a much rougher estimate than implied volatility for the correct "volatility" parameter in options pricing models. ...
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Historical stock borrow fees

To properly backtest long/short strategy one must have data on what the short loan fees were/are. Is there any decent data source for that?
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Aren't Technical Indicators calculated on Adjusted Close Price?

I would assume that day to day movement in stock can be accurately compared with the Adjusted Close Price and not simply the Close Price, taking into account Stock Splits Dividends etc. http://www....
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corporate action data

Can someone recommend a good source for corporate action data? I need at the very least: ticker changes, dividends, splits, acquisitions and delistings. I historically used Bloomberg Back Office and ...
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Is the Fama-French website data free of the serious selection bias pre-1962 where it's tilted toward big historically successful firms?

Fama and French use data starting in 1963 in both 1) "Common risk factors in the returns on stocks and bonds" (1993) and 2) "The cross-section of expected stock returns" (1992) and mention in (2) ...
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Where can I find the most reliable historical fundamental data for US Equities

I've looked at several sources including Bloomberg, Zacks and Cap IQ. Many times, they don't update their data with the revisions. I'm looking for Income Statement and Balance Sheet data going back to ...
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What is lagged interest rate?

I am trying to reproduce a plot in "Statistics and Data engineering for Financial Engineering" by D. Ruppert. The author uses the risk free returns data available in the Ecdat package in R. ...
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