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Credit investing: An alternative data primer

There is a preconceived notion that alternative data is just for equity investors. At Neudata, we (unsurprisingly!) believe otherwise. In this primer, we introduce the conventional and alternative datasets available for credit investing. We also discuss datasets relevant for high yield/distressed, investment-grade, municipal, and sovereign debt investment teams.

Friendly PSA: this is meant as an introductory piece into credit data. If you are an experienced user of credit data, or are passably familiar with datasets for this asset class, then there is a chance that you will not learn anything new here.

THE 30,000-FOOT VIEW

Before jumping into the minutiae, it is important to take a step back and understand what the alternative data landscape for credit investing comprises as of 2021. At Neudata, we summarise it with the below image:

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