Waters Wrap: Market data & consolidation—a never-ending timeline (And rise of the fees)

While last week it was announced that Exegy and Vela are merging, Anthony says that the deal is only a sign of what’s to come in the market data space. He also poses some questions about the LSE raising its Sedol fees.

Below I’m just going to focus on market and reference data, but there are two other stories that I’d like to point out from the last week that I might look to address in a future column (and that you should definitely read).

First, Wei-Shen Wong looks at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) and how it is looking to leverage smart contracts for its Synapse platform. Sell-side participants are generally positive as to the reasoning behind the build, but observers warn the ambitious project

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The IMD Wrap: Will banks spend more on AI than on market data?

As spend on generative AI tools exceeds previous expectations, Max showcases one new tool harnessing AI to help risk and portfolio managers better understand data about their investments—while leaving them always in control of any resulting decisions.

Waters Wrap: When looking for tech & data jobs, be curious

Senior executives across the industry tell Anthony that while having the right technical skills as a programmer or data specialist is important, the most desired qualities in new hires are curiosity and the ability to ask good questions.

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