PriceStats in the News

How investors are using alternative data to track the inflation debate

MarketWatch. 8/3/21
“With the debate over inflation dominating financial markets as the global economy reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic, investors are turning to a number of so-called alternative-data sources in an effort to get a more timely read on what’s happening to prices around the world…”
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Covid-19 policy-making and the need for high-speed data

Central Banking. 8/18/20
“The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 triggered what may have been the fastest economic downturn in history. Overnight, government-imposed lockdowns caused whole sectors of the economy to shut down….”
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State Street To Provide Central Banks With PriceStats Inflation Indicators to Assess Economic Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Business Wire. 4/14/20
“State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) today announced that it will offer its State Street PriceStats Series, a comprehensive suite of indicators to monitor trends in retailer pricing and consumer demand in 22 countries, to central banks around the world at no cost…”
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State Street Expands PriceStats Offering with Additional Indicators

Business Wire. 1/23/20
“State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) today announced an expansion in coverage of State Street PriceStats Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Indicators, which measure real exchange rates (RERs) for targeted economies with respect to the United States and, for select countries, Germany…”
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Growth of online retail is changing inflation

Financial Times. 8/25/18
“The swelling influence of online retailers is changing the way inflation behaves by making it more sensitive to one-off shocks such as jumps in the price of oil, currency swings or the imposition of tariffs, according to new research….”
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Can’t Wait a Month for Inflation Data? Daily Gauge Shows Prices in Real Time

The Wall Street Journal. 2/21/18
“Investors on the edge of their seats about inflation’s next move don’t have to wait until mid-March to find out how prices changed this month. PriceStats, a Cambridge, Mass., firm that tracks prices of millions of items sold online, produces a measure of U.S. consumer prices daily…”
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Can big data revolutionise policymaking by governments?

Financial Times. 1/31/18
“When Alberto Cavallo was a child growing up in Argentina in the late 1980s, the Latin American country was suffering one of its occasional crises….”
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Economics in central banking: Alberto Cavallo and Roberto Rigobon – Billion Prices Project/PriceStats

Central Banking. 1/24/18
“Through a vast and ongoing data-collecting exercise, PriceStats has helped central banks overcome many of the drawbacks inherent in traditional inflation series…”
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