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Global Financial Data Presents a New Web-Based REST API

Global Financial Data has always worked hard to provide as many different access options for our data as possible. Over time, a variety of different methods have been developed to meet the needs of all our customers: the Finaeon web interface on the GFD website, the Aeon Excel plugin, and the desktop-based API client.

In response to the demands of our customers, GFD now provides subscribers with a new analyst- and developer-friendly query option: a web-based REST API.

Data scientists and developers will be able to use a variety of different languages and tools to writ ...

The Russian Stock Market Before the Revolution

Global Financial Data has put together indices of the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange before World War I and the collapse of Russia into Communism. The data was made available to us from Yale’s International Center for Finance.

The files were marked in transliterated Cyrillic, so we converted the names back into Cyrillic and then translated the names of the companies into English. We then classified the stocks according to their sector so we could see how one sector did relative to the others.

Although the data from Yale was rich in price data, it was lacking in shares ou ...

Edison and the Talking Doll

Toys ‘R’ Us has announced that it is closing all of its stores in the United States as parents and kids have found alternatives to the toy retailer. Their closure reminded me what a tough business it is producing and selling toys and of the time that Thomas Alva Edison ventured into the toy business and failed miserably.

Although Edison is recognized for creating or contributing to the creation of the phonograph, electric lights, motion pictures and other essentials of the twentieth century, few realize that he also created the talking doll.

Edison created his phonograph in ...

How Old Is this Bull Market? 2 years or 9 Years?

Much is being made about the fact that the bull market is marking its ninth anniversary today. The bear market of the Great Recession hit its bottom on March 9, 2009 and has steadily moved up since then, especially in the United States. The bump we hit in February 2018 is now ancient history. Naturally, most market analysts refer to this as an old bull market since it has been moving steadily upward for the past nine years. But how old is it?

Yes, the United States stock market hasn’t had a 20% correction, or even a 15% correction since 2009, but that is not true of the r ...