Max is editor-at-large at WatersTechnology, based in Infopro Digital's New York office.
Max joined then-Risk Waters Group (prior to its acquisition by Incisive Media) in 2000, and has worked as a reporter on Risk Magazine, FX Week, Trading Technology Week (now Sell-Side Technology) and Buy-Side IT (now Buy-Side Technology), before joining Inside Market Data as European reporter in 2003. He moved to New York as US reporter in 2005, and became editor in 2006. He was a contributor to sibling Inside Reference Data, and was founding editor of Inside Data Management, which merged the IMD and IRD newsletters into a monthly glossy magazine.
The concept of a “golden copy” is well established. But what happens when buy-side firms want to differentiate themselves by launching new services, only to find themselves maintaining multiple “single” sources of data—or worse, none at all?
The loss of experienced data specialists has shocked some industry execs, but the vendor says its plan to train a new cadre of technically focused staff will result in better service overall.
Capital markets data specialists are finding their skills in high demand—but not from where you might think.
As interest rates rise and house prices fall after a steady period of the opposite dynamic, investors are looking for more accurate ways to price these factors into the value of mortgage-backed securities.
Putting location in its place: Geolocation data market contractions highlight importance of cost, context
All is not well for providers of geolocation data, with some slashing staff or shutting down entirely. Those still thriving are the ones who realize it’s no longer all about “location, location, location.”
Enterprise data management has traditionally addressed any aspect of financial data across an organization. But as investment firms’ portfolios of enterprise data broadens in definition to include other types of non-financial data, EDM projects must also…
A raft of new entrants are offering outsourced trading services to buy-side firms, anticipating a wave of takeup among larger asset managers, driven by cost and coverage needs. But are they aiming too high?
For years, the mantra of the market data world has been ‘content is king.’ But with trading strategies now more dependent on being able to see the big picture, the value of context could quickly overtake the data itself.
Only proper due diligence on datasets and the companies providing them will safeguard alt data consumers from similar risks in the future.
Until now, information around this opaque type of dataset has been hard to find, though it’s becoming increasingly important to financial analysts.
Data sources are realizing they can leverage end-user inventory management tools to streamline their side of the data sales and licensing process.
For years, inter-dealer brokers have provided price data on the markets in which they broker trades. Now, they spy a new growth opportunity—providing tailored datasets of clients’ trading activity to help them comply with a growing and increasingly…
Recent tech and data M&A deals aren’t just about acquiring clients or 'bolt-on' solutions, but will yield longer-term gains through granular integration of the vendors’ product lines and technologies.
There’s evidence that deepfakes are being used to commit fraud in the financial markets. And as scam artists become more tech savvy, financial firms will need to quickly employ new tools to protect their assets.
The exchange delivers on its promise to reduce the cost of exchange data, but subscribers still face an administrative cost burden associated with the lower user fees.
When it comes to private companies, data transparency still lags its public market equivalents, and a lack of data quality and availability is a barrier to increased investor participation. But an alliance between a startup and niche brokers is aiming to…
Last year, the low-cost data vendor filed for—and emerged from—Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after facing financial woes and a lawsuit from former investors. This new iteration will be led by several execs from broker Gain Capital.
Now that cloud has become widely adopted by financial firms, Big Tech companies are seeking to leverage their other services to become more ingrained in the workflows of the capital markets.
Following IEX’s decision to begin charging nominal fees for its market data, Memx is the last one standing not yet charging for data. Max asks whether it will follow suit, or whether any exchange will be brave enough to take a stance on unpopular data…
For decades, market data platforms have been critical components of financial firms’ trading infrastructures. But with changing user needs and emerging technologies gaining ground, will the platforms of the past be replaced by upstart challengers—or can…
Leveraging AWS’s presence on Wall Street, Data Exchange has the potential to shake up traditional financial data delivery and contracts, if it can add relevant content and overcome challenges like real-time streaming and connectivity in the cloud.
With the post-trade space poised for major change, startup clearing firm RQD says a new cloud-based platform will help it respond to client needs and new business opportunities.