Macrobond customers share their experiences
Aiman Shaare
Senior Economist and Head of Business Cycles Unit, Investment Division
Employees Provident Fund
Macrobond customer since
"I use Indicio through the Macrobond integration to forecast macroeconomic indicators and conduct scenario analysis for stress testing. Macroeconomic indicators that I regularly use in my forecasts include gross domestic product growth, inflation rate, and industrial production growth, to name a few. The technology is immensely helpful when conducting stress tests on investment portfolios through scenario analysis. The scenario builder function allows me to construct different scenarios on the impact of macroeconomic changes on equity indices based on my assumptions or set of conditions."
Katarina Wagman
Head of Ekonomifakta
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond has significantly enhanced our data management and operational workflows. With its user-friendly platform and comprehensive database, we can easily access, organize and analyze the data we need - resulting in notable time savings for our team."
Ivana Jovic
Executive Director
Privredna banka Zagreb d. d.
Macrobond customer since
“Working in a (very) small research team puts increasing pressure on time management as you want data collection and charts creation to take as little of your dedicated time for analysis as possible. Once on boarding Macrobond, we reduced our time dedicated to databases and charting, by probably two-thirds, and removed our reliance on excel in doing so. With predetermined company style sheet and advanced search options, creating a chart from scratch in Macrobond takes a couple of minutes, while later on, converting existing charts for one to other country, as we cover multiple countries, or to other variable, is done in a matter of seconds. Macrobond is truly game changing."
Hendre Garbers
Senior Economist
Swiss Re
Macrobond customer since
“We’re spending more time on shaping our house views and having discussions within the team about what the data actually means rather than spending time on cleaning the data. It’s actually more fun to do the job.”
Mattias Sundling
Head of Equity Research/Chief Equity Strategist
Handelsbanken Capital Markets
Macrobond customer since
"I have been a faithful Macrobond user for years now, in both my present and previous positions. It is an indispensable tool and I struggle to see how I would manage without it. One key component is the interface. I often joke that this is the way an analytical data provider would look if Apple ever decided to start one up! It is a huge compliment to how the Macrobond team have continued to develop the application. I obviously appreciate the breadth of the database, the reliability of the data and the ease by which we can integrate live charts into other applications such as PowerPoint, which are automatically updated in documents and presentations. Additionally, the different statistical and modelling functions mean that Macrobond has increasingly removed our reliance on Excel. Nowadays, when we have data, we usually swiftly import it into the Macrobond application and then work with it. That is a testament to the inherent qualities of the Macrobond application."
Hans Petter Skogstad
Head of Research
Cushman & Wakefield Realkapital
Macrobond customer since
“Macrobond has improved our efficiency, automatically updating key figures in our charts and presentations. Graphs always arrive in the correct colors and layout. And when we need follow-up, Macrobond is always there: we always get answers to our questions.”
Mauri Kotamäki
Chief Economist
Finnvera Oyj
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond has truly been a transformative tool for me. Preparing presentations has become significantly easier - I simply copy, paste, and voilà, the graph is perfectly placed. Importing data into Excel is just as effortless, and I can update my figures whenever needed. If I wish to elevate my work, I can import my variables directly into RStudio. The volume of data available through Macrobond is impressive. But what stands out the most is their customer service. I genuinely feel that my voice as a customer is heard and valued. Macrobond has made my work more convenient, something I deeply appreciate."
Kristoffer Pons Bertelsen, PhD
Portfolio Manager
Macrobond customer since
"I have benefited tremendously from including Macrobond in my daily workflow. The ease with which I can now quickly create great-looking charts with consistent formatting has proven to be a real game changer. I use Macrobond extensively for internal as well as external material, and I can produce a presentation for our daily breakfast meeting in no time. Linking Macrobond to external databases makes it easy to present our proprietary complex econometric models, and the seamless integration with PowerPoint makes all the difference when maintaining a comprehensive chart book on global markets."
Jonas Shum
Macro and Credit Strategist
Clarksons Securities AS
Macrobond customer since
October 2022
"Macrobond is the tool I turn to when I want to uncover global macro figures and understand the landscape ahead. It assists me in effortlessly merging data from various sources, both in-house and external, which can be seamlessly integrated with the vast array of data sources that Macrobond itself offers. This means that I can dedicate my time to data analysis rather than data collection. The charts I create can be easily integrated into my presentation tools, and when I need updates, the process is smooth and efficient. Macrobond has become an indispensable part of my daily work routines."
Wasin Parithan
Head of Investment, Thailand
Macrobond customer since
May 2022
"Macrobond enhances our ability to generate investment ideas and communicate effectively with our clients in a highly efficient manner. Utilizing Macrobond, we are capable of expeditiously analyzing and visualizing data, significantly reducing the time previously required when relying solely on spreadsheets. The incorporation of high-frequency and alternative data sources further bolsters our analytical capabilities. Consequently, we are better equipped to provide our clients with superior insights through a more streamlined and efficient process."
Emerging Markets Debt Strategist, formerly of Danske Bank Asset Management
Vietcombank, BIDV
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond has been a game changer. It simplifies the management of macroeconomic and financial data across multiple countries, making it more accessible than ever before. I can effortlessly access data from various sources with just a few clicks, and then efficiently structure and organize it for long-term use. Macrobond's powerful built-in functions enable me to perform tasks like data cleaning, filtering, and building macroeconomic and financial models. With Macrobond, I can seamlessly handle the entire process of data collection, analysis, investment decision-making, and presentation."
Senior Economic Analyst
Midwest-based asset manager with over 17bn AUM
Macrobond customer since
April 2022
"For our top-down investment approach, we find it critical to measure and map global macro and market trends on a daily basis. Prior to adopting Macrobond, I would work 12 to 16 hours each weekend, pulling down data and charts from several sources to create a weekly deck of 250 to 350 slides. Thanks to Macrobond’s automated PowerPoint slides, that workload has been reduced to about 4 hours, and the quality of work has improved significantly. If macro is an input into your investment process, Macrobond is the easiest way to find, analyze, and interpret the incoming data."
Department of Macroeconomic Analyses and Forecasts
Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia
Macrobond customer since
December 2019
"Macrobond exceeded even our most optimistic expectations of what a global database can offer. We are a small team that widely benefited from the automated data extraction, analysis and visualization processes that Macrobond provides. Now, we have much more time to concentrate on what truly matters - understanding and interpreting the data. Macrobond's database is constantly expanding and adapting to changing global circumstances, making it easier for us to comprehend the increasing complexity of the global macroeconomic landscape. With just a few clicks, we can gain a better understanding of what is going on. Macrobond has truly revolutionized the way we work."
Tony Bell
Chief Investment Officer
Macrobond customer since
"In establishing ThinkCell, we were looking for a system that could reflect complex macroeconomic data in the simplest way possible. Macrobond forms the basis for all of our client engagements. Each conversation is more focused, with much greater clarity, by incorporating Macrobond’s charts. The existence of a chart library, combined with weekly updates, adds significant value to our business as we spend our time interpreting the data and integrating the charts into our investment thesis. Macrobond has added significant brand value to us."
Julius Probst, PhD
European Labour Economist
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond gives us access to a constantly expanding global database, helping our team find new trends and stay ahead of our peers. Our team is dispersed between the US and Europe, so sharing Macrobond’s collaborative space to build our charts allows us to work together more efficiently. Macrobond’s technology amplifies each individual’s productivity and effectiveness, increasing our team’s impact. We wouldn’t be able to do our work without it."
Dr Said Al Shaikh
Former Chief Economist, Snb Ncb,
Ubt Professor
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond has provided me with the biggest improvement to my work, both as an economist and strategist. I use Macrobond data and charts for my newspaper and online articles, which saves me considerable time instead of downloading the data in Excel. The transformations and analyses are easily done, with excellent customer support. I can easily copy and paste the charts into presentations too. It is a big time-saver; I wish I had used Macrobond earlier!"
Amélie Roux
Chief Economist
Saint Gobain
Macrobond customer since
"What really differentiates Macrobond is the ability to efficiently manipulate and harmonize the time series in terms of rebasing, slicing and applying formulas and then enriching environments like Excel and PowerPoint dynamically with the resulting data. Additionally, Macrobond is an incredibly user-friendly system. I see it time and time again, as new interns join my team on a regular basis, where the three key components of the Analytics tab, namely Country & Region, Source & Release and Concept & Category, are laid out so intuitively and make finding core data sets very accessible."
Anna Svahn
CEO & Portfolio Manager
Macrobond customer since
"Before I started to use Macrobond, more than half of my time went on finding, extracting and experimenting with different ways of presenting data. Today, I can go more in-depth with my research and investment thesis and do it as the data is published rather than one or two months later. This tool and its database have helped me so much in my work as a fund manager that it’s hard for me to believe how I managed to work without it. Macrobond has no doubt been one of the best investments we’ve made in our firm."
Francis Tan
Investment Strategist
UOB Private Bank
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond has provided me with the biggest ever improvement to my work, both as an economist and investment strategist. Now that I’ve been using Macrobond for a few years, I will never be able to go back to Excel; I cannot believe how long it used to take me to extract data, pump it into EViews or other econometrics software, experiment with time lags and variables, output it back into Excel to plot a chart, copy and paste that chart into PowerPoint or Word… and to top it all off, doing it a month after ‘new data’ comes in. And let’s not even mention all the charts that were lost in my department’s shared folders, links and worksheets. With Macrobond, my colleagues know exactly where to find my charts and they can also update them with the latest data without having me run the regressions again. What used to take hours can now be done in one or two clicks – and in under three seconds! Macrobond has allowed me to be significantly more productive, allowing me to add more value to my organisation rather than being a mindless ‘regression-running minion.’ Try Macrobond. Your life as an analyst will be changed for the better – just like mine!"
Abdul Mui’zz Bin Morhalim
MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Berhad
Macrobond customer since
"The comprehensive database offered by Macrobond allows me to analyze and compare the performance of macroeconomic indicators across countries and economies. The instantaneous update upon official data release allows us to prepare our analysis and reports promptly. Furthermore, the Macrobond functions available in MS Office macros facilitate a seamless and quick update of all linked charts in our reports, giving me more time to focus on analyses and report writing. As a new user, the interface in the Macrobond application is quite easy to follow although it takes some time to be familiar with all the available functions."
Amirul Ashraf Bin Kamarul Bahrein
Research Analyst
KWSP Employees’ Provident Fund
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond is an important tool in my everyday job as an economist. The user interface is one of the best – if not the best – that I have used for finding data, doing forecasting and even creating formulas. In the event there is data that I can’t seem to find, I can request help from Macrobond Support and their data analytics team will attend to my query within 24 hours. Macrobond’s relationship manager for my organization is also always on hand and ready to assist, be it for a refresher session or to help us use new features. All in all, I find Macrobond a crucial tool that enhances the quality of my work as an economist."
Daisuke Karakama
Chief Market Economist
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Macrobond customer since
"I think that Macrobond is superior to other databases in terms of data coverage, ease of use and ease of processing. Also, the support service is very responsive and reliable, and it's like my important infrastructure. I think it is now indispensable for my research and analysis."
Dr Fotis Papailias
Deputy Director of DAFM/Director
King’s Business School/Knot Analytics
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond is one of the data tools I use in my teaching and research projects. Its various features allow users of different levels and experience to find and inspect a wealth of macro data, metadata and point-in-time data. Macrobond’s Excel add-on and API access allows me to include data collection in my programming (R, Matlab, etc.). The support team is very responsive and eager to help and always finds an answer even to the most difficult question."
Head Of Macro Quantitative & Derivatives Strategy
Asset Manager With $690m AUM
Macrobond customer since
"Macrobond has been very helpful for improving the productivity of our teams across economics, strategy and quant. The data analytics and charting capabilities are very powerful yet easy to operate. The add-ins with PowerPoint and Excel are hugely beneficial for streamlining processes and reducing time spent on maintenance. In quant, we utilise the ability of uploading our own time series to seamlessly integrate visualisations in slide packs with our coding packages."
Asset Manager With $90b AUM
Macrobond customer since
"When our previous subscription was up, we shopped around. I liked Macrobond instantly. It really is critical to have software that can visually show our ideas, whether those are charts, tables or data. With one click in Macrobond you can update everything and send it out easily. Another benefit is when working with the team. I’m in Hong Kong and my boss is in New York so having a shared drive that lets us see each other’s edits is great to have."
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