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Practical Time Series Forecasting – Some Basics

By KDD | Dec 11, 2017
practical times series forecasting

“The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.” ― John Maynard Keynes, A Tract on Monetary Reform   Forecasting the future is an exercise in uncertainty. And the further out one looks, the more uncertain the forecast becomes.  Most businesses are keenly focused on the…

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Practical Time Series Forecasting – Introduction

By KDD | Dec 4, 2017
practical times series forecasting

“The only thing I cannot predict is the future.” ― Amit Trivedi, Riding The Roller Coaster: Lessons from financial market cycles we repeatedly forget   It goes without saying that every business is keenly interested in knowing what the future will bring. Will sales grow next year? By how much? Will suppliers increase their prices?…

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Tableau vs. Qlik in Latin America

By KDD | Nov 7, 2017
Tableau vs Qlik in LATAM

We were looking for data nuggets in the TUDLA Latin America B2B database the other day and stumbled on something that, to hardcore Tableau users like us, was quite surprising. Turns out that in the LATAM region, Tableau is not the preferred data visualization platform. In fact, it is not even in the top five.…

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Top 15 Metros – From Switzerland to the Sonoran Desert – Fintech Securities & Investments

By KDD | Oct 16, 2017
Tucson Fintech - Securities & Investments

Shelby Cullom Davis, “one of the least talked about, but most successful investors,” managed to parlay a 1947 $50,000 investment into over $800 million by the time of his passing in 1994. A 23% compounded average annual rate of return.  Not too bad. During his career Shelby advised Thomas Dewey on economic matters when he…

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Top 15 Metros – Fidelity Durham – Fintech Securities & Investments

By KDD | Oct 2, 2017
Fintech Durham Securities Investments

In “places like … Raleigh, you see a real concentration of brain power. You have a lot of smart people living in the same place. That will drive the economy”, Steven P. Rosenthal, Northland Investment Corp. And so will tax incentives. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area (CSA), with over 2 million people, is the second…

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Top 15 Metros – Wild in Omaha – Fintech Securities & Investments

By KDD | Sep 25, 2017
Omaha Metro Fintech

Today, at least in the financial world, Omaha is probably most famous for being the home of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. The company is “currently the 7th largest company in the S&P 500 Index by market capitalization and is famous for having the most expensive share price in history with a Class A share…

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Breaking Down the Fintech Securities & Investments Sector

By KDD | Sep 18, 2017
adressable Finteck market securities investments

A healthy share of Fintech investment has been on the banking-side of the financial services industry, especially loan origination like LendingTree, OnDeck & SoFi, and in payments companies like Venmo, Stripe & PayPal. However, the Securities & Investments sector is also undergoing disruption. Companies like Betterment and WealthFront are targeting investment advice. And StockViews, AlphaSense, Alphametry,…

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Finding B2B “Look-Alikes” in Latin America

By KDD | Sep 14, 2017
Latin America B2B Prospect Finder

One of the uses of any B2B database is to find prospective customers that look like current customers (aka “look-alikes”). With more developed and complete data, like what exists for the US, this can often be done using statistical predictive models. These models can yield “prospect scores” appended to individual business locations as to their…

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Negative Earnings Call Tone? Go Short (but not always)

By KDD | Sep 11, 2017
Facebook earnings call tone

Posts like “Facebook’s Q4: Conference Call Tone Matters More Than Results” in the financial press suggest that earnings call tone is important. And, invariably, the tone of the call does come up during the post call commentary and analysis. Were executives overly positive in their comments? Did they mean what they said? Did analysts’ questions…

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B2B Marketing in Latin America with TUDLA

By KDD | Sep 7, 2017
TUDLA B2B Latin America Database

In the Americas, once marketers venture beyond the US and Canada, basic firmagraphic information on businesses starts to become spotty.  Marketers used to powerhouse databases like ZoomInfo, InfoUSA,, D&B and others must scramble to assemble what information may exist for the Latin America (LATAM) region.  If basic data like company name and address exist,…

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