It’s not always easy to know where to start when looking for strong data sources. We recently, we came across a great interview with a UK-based Corporate Finance professional in which she revealed her preferred data sources. We thought this was a great idea, and so we’re giving you our assessment of the sources she recommends, as well as suggesting one or two of our own as a special bonus!
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Do you need to source data about Japan’s economy or political scene? It can be hard to know where to start when searching for data so we’ve come up with three suggestions for places to start. Japan is the world’s third largest economy. Because of its importance to the global economy there is a wealth of data to be found. We’ve chosen these data sources because they represent a good balance between private and governmental data provision. They also offer a wide range of data from financial to governmental to demographic.
The Statistics Bureau is the government of Japan statistics hub. It’s the place to go to if you’re looking for statistics on population, economics, inflation or even surveys of people’s leisure activities.
The Ministry of Finance is the first hub you should look at for financial data such as Balance of Payments or Foreign Currency Reserves, this website is the place to go. It’s from the government of Japan’s Ministry of Finance and so is a reputable source.
The folks at Yale have compiled this useful database of statistical resources about Japan. As well as ‘statistical yearbooks’, containing over 750 different types of statistical data, it offers historical statistics and even current public opinion polls.
If you have Japan-specific data sources you like and trust let us know through the comment section.
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Are you looking for data on the British market? The UK is one of the world’s larger economies and is ranked among the top countries for openness of its statistical data, which is good news if you’re looking to find stats! Here are three very reliable hubs with access to a very large range of data. Whether you’re looking for transport stats or health figures these providers have the data.
The Statistics website from the UK government is the first place to look if you are looking for UK-specifics. This is the central hub for all UK government publications. The UK government has an excellent record of credibility in its data reporting. This site has links to data sets from Agriculture and Enviroment to Business and Energy to Population. It even has information on things like Travel and Health.
Yougov is a great way of taking the temperature of the UK. They take a wide variety of topical polls on subjects from politics to sporting events to popular culture and publish the results online.
The Bank of England provides a great deal of information about monetary and macroeconomic variables for you to take advantage of from GDP data to inflation figures to derivatives surveys. It is a well-recognized leader on British social data.
What about you? What sources do you find useful when looking for UK economic and business data? Let us know in the comment section.
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