There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

But not everybody is happy about the new sources of free, real-time prices-created to appease Web interest group NetCoalition, whose objection to exchanges' data fees has tied up Securities and Exchange Commission approval for new data products-or rather, the use of the descriptions "free," "real-time" and "prices."

Steve Dickey, former vice president of market data products and information at the Chicago Board of Trade, has been busy in his new role at Chicago-based consultancy Fruition Part