Can two become one?

The £8.5 billion ($17.2 billion) proposed takeover of Reuters by Thomson Corporation took the market by surprise only days after banks and investment managers at Inside Market Data's annual conference told attendees how they wanted more communication from data vendors, and fewer surprises. According to Inside Market Data Reference, the deal will give the combined Thomson-Reuters entity a 34% share of the real-time data market, compared with Bloomberg's 33 %.

The two have outlined a new

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