Data brain drain may prompt move to managed services for market data management

A shortage of data professionals with suitable experience to run large financial firms’ data organizations could drive firms to completely outsource the management and administration of their third-largest expense.

Bernardo Santiago doesn’t mince words: “We’re running out of market data people!”

The data veteran—who held market data roles at WestLB, Wellington Management, ITG, RBC Capital Markets and Franklin Templeton Investments before setting up his own market data consultancy, S4 Market Data, in 2017—has spotted a skills shortage among data professionals. Or, more accurately, a personnel shortage: older data professionals—those often seen sharing their knowledge at conferences and industry events—are

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