Open Platform: The ‘Hidden Tax’ of Index Data

StatPro group chief executive Justin Wheatley

It is a remarkable phenomenon how much money is spent these days on index data. Indexes started off as a humble measure of roughly how well a stock market was performing. Today, there are millions of indexes available. Fund management companies must buy the licences to use these indexes to measure their performance, and they pay handsomely for this privilege.

Over the years, index providers have generally become more and more aggressive about how their indexes are licenced, seeking out additiona

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