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Opening Cross: Market Data Meteorologists: Forecasting the Many Faces of Cloud

Over 200 years ago, British chemist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard laid the foundations for the classification of clouds used today, which, in their various forms, can resemble anything from gauzy material shrouding the sky, to flying saucers,...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 25 May 2014

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Opening Cross: This Year’s Data Oscars Are Gonna Be Monster!

The latest big-budget Godzilla movie, which has just opened in the US may be unlikely to pick up any awards at next year’s Oscars, but is still my most-anticipated movie of 2014. I don’t consider myself at the mega-geek level of sci-fi aficionados...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 19 May 2014

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Opening Cross: Testing Times? Consider Lifelong Data Learning

From the day we are born until the day we die, there are always opportunities to learn something new. Once upon a time, your learning largely ended whenever you left school, and training meant learning how not to get killed or maimed by whatever machinery...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 02 May 2014

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Opening Cross: Innovation Isn’t Just About Being Faster; It’s About Being Smarter and Better

The recent furor over high-frequency trading prompted by Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys has led many to think that the only source of innovation in financial markets is making things faster, so that some kind of banker-sandman phantom can steal Granny’s...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 28 Apr 2014

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Opening Cross: Don’t Chase Imaginary Butterflies… Stay Thirsty, My Friends

I’m a sucker for viral ad campaigns, such as DirecTV’s current “Get rid of cable” campaign or Dos Equis’ “most interesting man in the world” ads, both of which have been able to sneakily insert their catchy lines into general parlance. I’m...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 21 Apr 2014

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Opening Cross: Big Data, Bigger Data Licensing Challenges

Unauthorized redistribution of data remains a major issue for the market data industry, whether it’s fly-by-night data vendors in distant jurisdictions scraping data from legitimate vendors’ feeds, trading firms deliberately under-reporting usage...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 14 Apr 2014

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Opening Cross: US Bans ‘Unfair’ HFT, Low Latency (April Fool! But Don’t Be Fooled About HFT)

US lawmakers have announced new legislation outlawing high-frequency trading—defined as any trade that holds a position for less than one second—and new initiatives to crack down on low-latency distribution of market data, defined as any data packet...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 07 Apr 2014

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Opening Cross: FIX That ITCH, But Don’t Fix the Latency Race

After discussing the need for a common data standard in this column last week—specifically how Nasdaq OMX’s ITCH protocol has become a de facto standard for data dissemination—I got an interesting response from the folks at FIX Trading Community,...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 21 Mar 2014

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Opening Cross: Wanted: Conductors for a Symphony in D-A-T-A

The role of a market data provider always strikes me as being similar to that of someone conducting a very large orchestra, ensuring that all the instruments (no pun intended) are present and performing their roles, whether solos or in unison, and ensuring...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 07 Mar 2014

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Opening Cross: They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab, But I Said ‘No, No, No... Unless There’s Data in Rehab’

If you find yourself explaining everyday events in terms of data rather than the opposite—comparing complex data problems to everyday occurrences to make them easier to understand—then there’s a chance you’re a data addict. And as you become more...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 28 Feb 2014

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Tackling Teething Troubles: Examining the Current State of the OTC Derivatives Market

The over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market is in the midst of a global regulatory restructure. Authorities in Europe, Asia and the US are currently...

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