Wavelength Podcast Episode 161: Gerard Francis of Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s Gerard Francis looks at the challenges that capital markets firms face when trying to incorporate alternative datasets.

James Rundle, WatersTechnology’s editor, and Anthony Malakian, editor at large, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

To hear the full interview, listen in the player above, or you can download it.

This week, Gerard Francis, global head of enterprise data at Bloomberg, re-joins the podcast to discuss the alternative data space. [To listen to his first appearance where he talked about data fragmentation, click here.] 

1:45 Why did the company launch the data website Bloomberg Enterprise Access Point?

3:45 Is there room for consolidation in the alt data space, or is the universe only going to continue to grow?

8:00 What types of alternative data have the most room for growth, and how are firms incorporating these datasets?

12:00 Is geolocation becoming more commoditized? How can it be blended with other forms of alt data? 

13:00 How do you go about validating an alt data provider?

16:00 What are some of the challenges when it comes to using environmental, social and governance data and where is there room for improvement in regards to standardization and reporting requirements?

18:30 Will sell-side firms ever be able to monetize their internal data?

20:00 How is Bloomberg evolving as a data provider?

22:30 What does the company’s product roadmap look like for 2019?


Contact Info

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners. Feel free to reach out to Anthony or James via Twitter or email.

Anthony Malakian, editor at large: @a_malakiananthony.malakian@infopro-digital.com

James Rundle, US editor: @JimRundle; james.rundle@infopro-digital.com

Rebecca Natale, staff reporter: @rebnatale; rebecca.natale@infopro-digital.com

Past 10 episodes:

Episode 151: Examining the MEMX Announcement

Episode 152: Initial Margin Tech & Investment Theory

Episode 153: Nasdaq's Lars Ottersgård

Episode 154: Bryan Cross, UBS Asset Management

Episode 155: Martin Boyd of FIS; A Look at the CAT

Episode 156: Gil Mandelzis, Capitolis

Episode 157: FIA Boca Preview & Other News

Episode 158: Giancarlo’s Swan Song; Crypto Madness; DTCC/ASX Blockchains

Episode 159: Simon Hazlitt on Cloud Challenges

Episode 160: Pete Cherecwich of Northern Trust

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