Waters Wrap: Where have all the (data) cowboys gone?

Industry veterans says there’s a dearth of market data management talent in the lower ranks. Following Max Bowie’s coverage, Anthony explores some other reasons for this brain drain.

If you’re like me, when you hear the word “cowboy,” you likely think of Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Unforgiven; John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; or Gary Cooper in High Noon. In Wall Street parlance, these are the front-office traders and portfolio managers.

But a real cowboy is someone who herds and tends to cattle. The reality is not quite as sexy as Paul Newman and Robert Redford single-handedly taking on the entire Bolivian Army, but

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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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