Wavelength Podcast Ep. 171: FactSet's Rich Newman on Open Data

Rich Newman joins to talk about challenges facing the alternative data space and why open data is becoming increasingly important.

Anthony Malakian, Editor-in-Chief of WatersTechnology, records 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, Rich Newman, global head of the Content and Technology Solutions (CTS) group at FactSet, joins to discuss this idea of open data and delves into the world of alternative data.

2:30 Open data: why is it gaining traction and why is that important?

8:30 The alternative data space is vast, to say the least, but what is actually providing value?

11:00 One-stop-shop data providers versus more niche specialists.

14:00 When FactSet went down the Open:FactSet road, where did it have to readjust its strategy?

17:00 With the data explosion that will result from 5G and IoT advancement, how do you prepare for the future?

19:45 Banks and asset managers are trying to figure out how to package their internal data—where are we at?

23:00 ESG: where is there real value, what are the challenges?

29:00 Rich is a cofounder of technology company Insyte, which FactSet acquisition in 2000. He explains why he’s stayed on with FactSet all these years later.

36:00 Which is better: Queens pizza or Boston pizza? (The answer is obvious.)


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Anthony Malakian: 646 490 3973; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 161: Gerard Francis of Bloomberg

Episode 162: IEX on the Transaction Fee Pilot

Episode 163: Tony Amicangioli on Cloud, Race to Zero

Episode 164: Changes at WatersTechnology

Episode 165: Roman Ginis on Trade Execution

Episode 166: Brian Lichtenberger on Alternative Data

Episode 167: Keith Lubell on Libra, Big Tech & Programming Languages

Episode 168: A Look at the Hemp Market 

Episode 169: Wall Street Rides FAR for Autism Research

Episode 170: A European Consolidated Tape

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