In the world of financial data, context—not content—is the new king

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.

They say a picture tells a thousand words. For example, JMW Turner’s 1838 painting The Fighting Temeraire, tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838—which depicts the last voyage of the HMS Temeraire, a British warship that fought at the Battle of Trafalgar, to a berth in Rotherhithe to be scrapped—does just that. However, each component of the painting, taken individually, requires the others to complete the scene. Taken alone, each element would be a masterpiece, but would not tell the

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