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The FT’s news dataset is differentiated from other news data sources

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What is unique about

machine-readable FT news?

Consuming news systematically has been practised since the advent of quant investing, but these techniques are only as good as their data inputs.

The availability of digital news can make it difficult to discern between a signal and noise, but the FT’s machine-readable news dataset is unique for 3 key reasons:

  • Exclusivity
    The data is not available through aggregator products and is currently only licensed to a handful of quantitative managers.
  • Limited bias
    Our politically neutral stance and balanced global coverage enables confident understanding of significance and helps to separate hype from fact.
  • Novelty
    The novelty of an article is indicated through our scoop tag. Black box traders can optimise positions relative to proprietary FT breaking news in real-time.
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How can we add value to

your investment strategy?

By making full-text FT articles available in machine readable format (Json) via APIs, quantitative managers can now better integrate critical information in the

search for alpha.

But what is it about the FT dataset that makes it particularly valuable to quants?

About the FT dataset

API Output Description Volume
Notifications A constantly updating list of content published by the FT. Approx 300 articles a day
Content The full body content, title, byline, published date etc., for an individual FT article. Plus flags indicating whether the content is a scoop, exclusive or editors choice. 730k+ articles
Enriched content As per the content endpoint, with added annotations and links to the concepts relevant to the article, including organisations, people, topics, section and locations. 9.6 million metadata tags
Organisations Information about an organisation, company or public company, including names, parent/child organisations, associated people, public identifiers and Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI). 75k+ organisations
People Information about a person, including employment/board membership history. 132k+ people
Topics & sectors Information about the topics and sectors the FT covers. 700+ topics & sectors

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