How to get your data in order to meet the demands of regulation and high speed trading.
Over the past ten years, front-end systems have attracted the
lions share of IT investment. Low- latency, high-speed
automation has been the big-money game. Trading has gone
electronic, international, multi-asset and cross-venue. As
returns from commoditised long-only investments decrease, firms
are looking to more complex trading and investment strategies
in the search for higher yields. At the same time regulatory
change is firmly on the agenda, and transparency and risk
management have become the watch words of the financial
Greater data demand
The amount of data needed by the average firm has exploded on
every front. More venues, portfolios, customisation, indices
and data-dependent asset classes have driven up volumes.
Valuations are now needed daily or even intraday not
monthly and quarterly. Balance sheet information, sales
reports, regional economic projections and staff track records
are becoming as important as fundamental and technical data.
Even if the big-name aggregators could provide all that, other
new sources would still be essential to gain competitive
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