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Verifying Japanese inflation statistics using alt data

We summarise conclusions drawn from an academic paper comparing Japanese CPI data with a Neudata listed alternative data provider in an attempt to evaluate the accuracy of official statistics vs a ‘true’ inflation measure. The authors conclude that 1) the Japanese CPI is a poor predictor of actual inflation when measured inflation is below c.2%, and 2) the US PCE deflator methodology is superior to the Japanese CPI methodology. We also evaluate several alternative Japanese data providers and recommend further academic reading on this topic.

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Measuring the unmeasurable: An alternative data story

Sports Direct and Ryanair have both demonstrated share price volatility in the last few years that many attribute to poor labour management practices. Finding a way to measure social intangibles, and in particular monitoring significant changes to such, could therefore be a useful leading indicator in predicting share price movements. We outline 1) ways in which one can measure the ‘S’ factor, 2) studies that support incorporating social intangibles into the investment process and 3) examples of alternative data providers that can help an investor do so.