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NYSE Launches Data-as-a-Service

NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext (NYX) and First Derivatives, a provider of software and consulting services to the capital markets industry, are collaborating to create a new suite of historical data ‘as a service’ solutions.

Combining NYSE Technologies’ historical and real-time data expertise covering cash, options, futures and corporate actions with First Derivatives’ products and market expertise, the Tick as a Service offering will build into a suite of innovative market services for clients to gain efficient access to large data stores for analytical back testing and compliance.

“By integrating First Derivatives’ suite of services with our diverse portfolio of technology solutions, including our consolidated feed service, we can offer comprehensive data collection, storage, and analysis ‘as a service’ to our entire global trading community,” said Jon Robson, CEO, NYSE Technologies. “This new service will allow participants to move from a client deployed to managed service for the storage, support and delivery of tick history infrastructure to back-test their algorithms and interrogate their data through a flexible, fully-managed solution.”

The Tick As A Service is the first of a number of historical data solutions NYSE will offer.

“Our collaboration with NYSE Technologies will deliver substantial benefits to clients – improving time to market while efficiently minimizing operational overhead and reducing costs,” said Brian Conlon, CEO, First Derivatives. “I am delighted that First Derivatives is forging a relationship with one of the most capable service providers in the global capital markets community who understand that the community needs managed solutions to address commoditized services and thus release capital for differentiating opportunities.”

NYSE Technologies offers a diverse array of products and services to the buy side including order routing, liquidity discovery and access to a community of over 630 broker-dealers and execution destinations globally; and to the sell side, including high-performance, end-to-end messaging software and market data products; and market venues and exchanges, including multi-asset exchange platform services, managed services and expert consultancy.

NYSE Technologies’ technology portfolio includes a broad array of real-time, historical and reference data alongside the capital markets community cloud, a hosted consolidated feed service (SuperFeed), and one of the world’s largest FIX-based order routing networks (Marketplace), all available across the Secure Financial Transactions Infrastructure (SFTI) network.

First Derivative’s flagship Delta suite of products include Delta Flow, Delta Data Factory, Delta Algo, Delta Margin and Delta Stream which are used in high volume, low latency environments. Combining key elements of each company’s product sets and unique functionality, NYSE Technologies and First Derivatives will develop a one-of-a-kind solution delivering an innovative suite of high-performance services that enhance real-time trading, CEP, market data and trading applications.

Source: NYSE Tech, 18.09.2013

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Reference Data: Tech Mahindra Details Global Data Utility Based on Acquired UBS Platform

Tech Mahindra, a business process outsourcing specialist and parent of London-based investment management technology consultancy Citisoft, has repositioned a reference data platform acquired from UBS Global Asset Management to offer an offshore reference data utility aimed at meeting market demand for lower cost, high quality data that can reduce risk and increase efficiency.

The global data utility has been introduced under the Tech Mahindra Managed Data Services brand and offers securities reference data across all asset types, reference data for corporate actions, tax information and end-of-day and intra-day validated pricing data. The utility handles data cleansing and validation, with clients buying licences to access the data.

Tech Mahindra suggests the utility differs from other offerings in the enterprise data management market as it is owned by the company and can be developed. It is also agnostic on data feeds, including 20 from vendors including SIX, Markit, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and DTCC.

The company’s first customer is UBS Fund Services in Luxembourg. Under the terms of a five-year services contract with UBS, Tech Mahindra will create and store golden copy data and provide multiple intra-day golden copies to the asset manager. As part of the acquisition and customer deal, Tech Mahindra, which is headquartered in Hyderabad, India, will take on some staff from UBS Global Asset Management who were working on the platform in Luxembourg, but most staff will be located in India.

As a repositioned platform, Tech Mahindra MDS already covers all time zones, markets and asset types, updates 2.5 million issuers on a daily base, receives 200,000 customer price requests and validates 75,000 prices. Some 20,000 corporate actions are checked every day, along with 1,800 tax figures. Looking forward, Tech Mahindra plans to extend these metrics and add reference data around indices and benchmarks, legal entity identifiers and clients.

While Tech Mahindra will lead sales of the service to the banking, financial services and insurance sectors, Citisoft will be able to provide consultancy as necessary. Steve Young, CEO of Citisoft, says Tech Mahindra MDS has been designed to improve data quality and drive down the total cost of data ownership, in turn reducing risk and increasing efficiency. To manage clients’ cost issues, the company has built a toolkit into the data management system that allows users to analyse the cost of owning data, including people, processes and technology. Data quality will be underpinned by service level agreements and key performance indicators will be added as more clients sign up for services and data volumes grow.

Reflecting on the data challenges faced by financial firms, Citisoft Group CEO Jonathan Clark, concludes: “Outsourcing models have evolved over time and attitudes are changing as firms acknowledge that there is a big difference between outsourcing and offshoring, and that captive outsourcing is not an efficient approach. The need is for a commercial relationship with a centralised data utility that can deliver high-quality, accurate data and a lower total cost of ownership.”

Source: Reference Data Review, 24.07.2013

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Thomson Reuters to Open Up RICs for Consolidated Feeds Under EC Settlement

The European Commission has ended its lengthy enquiry into Thomson Reuters’ licensing policies for Reuters Instrument Codes (RICs), accepting commitments from the company that will create a more fluid market for real-time consolidated data feeds. The deal creates a new environment for Thomson Reuters as it finds itself competing in an increasingly open market.

The company welcomed the Commission’s decision – perhaps on the basis of the end of the enquiry rather than the commitments it must stick to – and was quick to point out that its new licensing commitment is consistent with the move it made in June 2012 to make RICS available foruse with non-real-time information in client and non-client financial institutions’ trade processing systems. At that time, Thomson Reuters’ then-Enterprise content chief Gerry Buggy, described the move as the “first step in supporting the financial community’s symbology needs across all parts of the trading life cycle through our evolving symbology services.”

The Commission made its decision to end the enquiry after accepting commitments put forward by Thomson Reuters in May 2012 that were then market tested with a third-party comment period running until August 2012. The commitments have been made legally binding, with the key outcomes being that Thomson Reuters’ customers can continue to use RICs in real-time applications after they have switched to an alternative real-time consolidated data feed provider and use RICs in combination with the alternative provider’s data.

Commenting on the Commission’s decision, Commission vice president of competition policy, Joaquin Almunia, says: “Information plays a key role in ensuring that financial markets operate in a healthy and efficient way. In order to correctly assess investment opportunities, market participants need to access accurate and timely financial data, for example through consolidated real-time data feeds. The commitments offered by Thomson Reuters will enhance competition in this market. Financial institutions that use RICs will now be able to switch to alternative providers more easily.”

Responding to the Commission’s decision to adopt Thomson Reuters’ commitments, David Craig, president of Financial & Risk at the company, says: “Following a detailed examination of the facts, the Commission accepted our proposal without any finding of infringement of EU competition law by Thomson Reuters. We now look forward to continuing to work with our customers to bring world-class, real-time data feed and symbology solutions to market.”

In essence, Thomson Reuters’ commitments allow customers to license additional RICs usage rights for the purpose of switching data vendors and to use RICs for retrieving data from other providers against a monthly licence fee. The company will also provide customers with the necessary information to map RICs to alternative symbology, and allow third parties to develop and maintain switching tools that allow RICs and rival services to interoperate by mapping RICs to the financial identifiers of other data feed providers. Third-party developers can use and keep RICs in their switching tools on payment of a monthly licence.

If the Commission’s decision is favourable for users of consolidated real-time data feeds, it must also be of great interest to their suppliers, with 2013 promising to be both a battleground and a peace mission as suppliers struggle to maintain market share while responding to market demand for more open symbology solutions.

Source: Reference Data Review, 20.12.2012

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Capco Proposes the Creation of a Data Culture to Advance Data Management RDR

Financial firms are falling short on data management issues such as calculating the true cost of data, identifying the operational cost savings of improved data management and embracing social media data, but according to research by consultancy Capco, these issues can be resolved with a cross-organisational and practical approach to data management and the development of a data culture.

The business and technology consultancy’s report – ‘Why and how should you stop being an organisation that manages data and become a data management organisation’ – is based on interviews with towards 100 senior executives at European financial institutions. It considers the many approaches to data management across the industry and within individual enterprises, as well as the need to rethink data management. It states: “There is one certainty: data and its effective management can no longer be ignored.”

The report suggests an effective data management culture will include agreed best practices that are known to a whole organisation and leadership provided by a chief data officer (CDO) with a voice at board level and control of data management strategy and operational implementation.

For details on the report click here

Turning the situation around and attaching practical solutions to the data management vision of an all-encompassing data culture, Capco lists regulatory compliance, risk management, revenue increase, innovation and cost reduction as operational areas where good data management can have a measurable and positive effect on profit and loss.

Setting out how an organisation can create an effective data culture, Capco notes the need to change from being an organisation that is obliged to do a certain amount of data management, to a mandated and empowered data management organisation in which data has ongoing recognition as a key primary source. The report concludes: “Every organisation has the potential, as well as the need, to become a true data management organisation. However, the journey needs to begin now.”

Source: Reference Data Review, 24.10.2012

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Interactive Data Asian ticker plants go live

Interactive Data Corporation, a leading global provider of managed ultra-low latency IT and market data services to facilitate electronic trading today announced that its ticker plants in Asia are now live.  Based in two data centres in Hong Kong, the new ticker plants offer a significant reduction in the latency of PlusFeed, Interactive Data’s low-latency, consolidated global data feed.

With increasing adoption of electronic trading in Asia, market data has become a crucial issue. Firms require high quality data at the desired speed from across the region. The new ticker plants, located with Pacnet at MEGA-iAdvantage and with Equinix in their HK1 facility, provide Interactive Data’s clients with lower latency access to Asian venues covered by PlusFeed, as well as to a wide range of additional international sources.

Interactive Data’s new low-latency co-location facilities in Hong Kong will also offer international clients the option to co-locate their applications alongside the ticker plants. This will enable them to obtain optimised low-latency delivery of Asian data via the Interactive Data sites in Hong Kong.

Emmanuel Doe, president, Trading Solutions Group for Interactive Data, said: “With the growth of electronic trading in Asia and higher data volumes globally, clients in Asian markets have an increasing need for cost-effective, real-time market data and delivery. We continue to expand our electronic trading services in Asia and elsewhere throughout the world to meet these requirements.”

Dan Videtto, managing director for Asia Pacific for Interactive Data, added: “The addition of two new ticker plants within one of the region’s primary trading hubs is a significant development. This is one of many enhancements that we will be delivering to Asian markets as we look to support firms in the region through our low latency data and global trading infrastructure solutions.”

Interactive Data’s PlusFeed delivers low-latency data from more than 450 sources worldwide, covering more than 140 exchanges and including multi-asset class instrument coverage and extensive Level 2 data. The feed is used by financial institutions globally to power algorithmic and electronic trading applications and is now supported by ticker plants located in Europe, the US and Asia.

In addition, clients can use the Interactive Data 7ticks network to gain direct market access (DMA), advanced co-location and proximity hosting to global direct exchange data, consolidated data, as well as reference and corporate actions data.

Direct or cross-connect access to a wide range of global exchanges is also available in Asia through Interactive Data’s Points of Presence (POPs) with leading global providers of data centers and technology services, including Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), Interxion, Telex and KVH.

Source: Finextra, 27.06.2012

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NYSE Data Services to deliver all Market Data via Web Services

NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, and Xignite Inc., provider of web-based market data services, have announced their agreement to launch a new service providing access to real-time, historical, and reference market data for all NYSE Euronext markets via the Internet. In extending the benefits offered by the NYSE Technologies Capital Markets Community platform introduced in 2011, NYSE Technologies Market Data Web Services is geared towards non-latency sensitive clients and those in remote locations. The first phase offers real-time retail reference pricing for NYSE, NYSE MKT, and NYSE Arca markets.

NYSE Technologies Market Data Web Services, which is powered by XigniteOnDemand, allows clients the flexibility to access only the content that they need for a wide range of purposes from developing trading solutions for financial web portals to enabling Internet-powered devices. The user interface offers data services from across NYSE Technologies’ full portfolio of market data assets. The second phase scheduled for the third quarter of 2012 will offer NYSE Bonds data, NYSE Liffe Level 1 and Level 2 data, and NYSE and NYSE MKT Order Imbalances.

“Our goal is to connect data consumers directly to our content in multiple ways- via collocation at our Liquidity Centers, direct connection to our SFTI network and now via the web,” said Jennifer Nayar, Head of Global Data Products, NYSE Technologies. “We are pleased to partner with Xignite to address the demand for internet-based delivery of market data and as a result, further extend our client-base to non-latency sensitive and remote clients.”

Using a standard Internet connection, users can access NYSE Euronext market data and customize it according to their specific trading needs. Customers anywhere around the world, including those in remote locations, are able to access the data they need and develop to it with ease for fast time-to-market.

“The delivery of market data content via websites and mobile devices continues to build momentum and we are excited to leverage these applications to help increase access to NYSE Euronext data,” said Stephane Dubois, Xignite’s CEO and founder. “Both NYSE Technologies and Xignite have demonstrated a strong commitment to the electronic delivery of market data and the ability to serve today’s growing, diverse array of applications, especially the mobile market.”

The initiative with Xignite complements NYSE Technologies’ enterprise cloud strategy. NYSE Technologies Capital Markets Community Platform enables a range of industry firms and registered market participants to purchase computing power as needed, freeing them to focus on core business strategy rather than complicated IT infrastructure. NYSE Technologies Market Data Web Services provides clients with another market data delivery option for NYSE Euronext content, supporting current access methods offered by NYSE Technologies where direct connect clients and SuperFeed clients have the choice of collocating in NYSE Technologies’ Liquidity Center or connecting to its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure® (SFTI) network.

Source: NYSE Technologies, 06.06.2012

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Market Data Technology to Hit $3.6B in 2012

Demand for market data acceleration is driving the global investment in sell-side, market-data distribution technology in 2012 to $3.6 billion, according to a report released by the Tabb Group.

The report, Market Data Acceleration: More than Just Speed, also predicts 4.5% compound annual growth in these investments for the next three years based on expected growth in FX, Derivatives and Commodities as well as movement by Asian markets towards automation.

The largest segment of this investment, 73%, will come from Europe and North America, but according to Tabb Group, there’s considerable growth potential from the Asian markets.

Moreover, while the equities markets are matured from a growth perspective, driving 45% of the global spend, a strong percentage of growth will come from over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, FX and commodities.

According to the report, market data is an area where performance can play a crucial role for a host of trading activities. Obtaining, decoding and utilizing market data in a timely and efficient manner are no longer the purview of the ultra-low-latency firms; everyone involved needs to be able to get at market data in as timely a fashion as possible.

“This is not to say that everyone needs to be at the ‘tip of the spear’; however, it does mean that anyone who is actively involved in trading needs to be moving in that direction,” said the report.

However, according to the research firm, firms are struggling with conflicting pressures of the “need for speed” in comparison to the “need to save,” as they try reconcile price with performance.

“Market participants need to ensure that their investment in speed gets them more than just a solitary solution for a single platform,” said Tabb partner and report writer Alexander Tabb in a statement.

Different firms, according to Tabb, have different strategies, thus different needs. Whether a firm is a high frequency trader, an institutional market maker, or an algo-trading desk, the challenge is placing speed into its proper context within the accelerated market data equation.

“Due to the democratization of speed, it’s essential for every buyer to remember to factor in total cost of ownership, price versus performance, operational flexibility, control, scalability and time-to-market,” says the report.

Source: Securities Technology Monitor. 23.04.2012

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HKEx selects NYSE Technology Exchange Data Publisher for Hong Kong Market Data Plattform

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) has selected NYSE Technologies’ Exchange Data Publisher (XDP)™ to drive the HKEx Orion Market Data Platform.  XDP is an ultra-low latency solution designed to collect, integrate and disseminate real-time market data to local customers and, using regional hubs, to customers around the globe.

The HKEx Orion Market Data Platform will deliver market data for all securities and derivatives traded by HKEx in a common message format.  It will be capable of distributing more than 100,000 messages per second at microsecond latency.  It will be rolled out for HKEx’s securities markets towards the end of the second quarter of 2013, with a remote distribution hub in Mainland China and integration with HKEx’s derivatives markets to follow.

With the establishment of remote distribution hubs under the new market data platform, HKEx will be able to establish points of presence for market data distribution outside of Hong Kong, such as in Mainland China, where information can be relayed to local customers.

“The HKEx Orion Market Data Platform will enable us to improve our customers’ market data experience by providing a suite of market data product feeds with content, market depth and bandwidth requirements tailored to suit the needs of different types of customers,” said Bryan Chan, Head of Market Data at HKEx.  “We selected NYSE Technologies’ XDP solution based on its high performance capabilities as well as the flexibility it offered to meet our customer requirements.”

XDP is based on NYSE Technologies DataFabric 6.0, an industry-leading platform offering high throughput, scalable application messaging and microsecond latency.

“HKEx’s selection of XDP reaffirms our technology expertise and ability to deliver innovative products that operate effectively in markets around the world, particularly in the growing Asian marketplace,” said Stanley Young, CEO NYSE Technologies.  “In XDP we are providing HKEx with the robust features of a proven platform and the advantages of functions tailored to their unique trading environment.  We are pleased to be working with one of the world’s leading markets to deploy a world class market data platform that will serve customers in Hong Kong and Mainland China.”

Source, MondoVisione 29.03.2012

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Bloomberg Opens its Data Distribution Technology

Open Market Data Initiative Will Spur Innovation & Industry Collaboration

Bloomberg is opening its market data interfaces for use by technology professionals globally, without cost or restriction, the company announced today. Bloomberg’s application programming interface, known as BLPAPI, is used daily by more than 100,000 professionals across the financial services industry and is now publicly available under a free-use license.

BLPAPI powers global market data distribution to desktops, workgroups and enterprise applications. In addition to Bloomberg Professional service subscribers, non-Bloomberg customers, vendors and software developers can now use BLPAPI as an alternative to proprietary technologies for market data distribution. This is Bloomberg’s latest move in support of its Open Market Data Initiative – an ongoing effort to embrace and promote open solutions for the financial services industry.

“Today’s global financial marketplace depends on the free flow of timely and accurate market information,” said Tom Secunda, Founding Partner and Global Head of Bloomberg’s Financial Products and Services division. “By embracing open technologies for market data distribution, we remove layers of expense, erase restrictive license agreements and enable innovation.”

“We intend to evolve BLPAPI into an open standard with the help of an independent committee charged with managing the future development and stability of a truly open market data interface,” said Shawn Edwards, Chief Technology Officer of Bloomberg LP. “Open technologies allow our customers, partners, and others to direct resources towards developing innovative services instead of coping with rigid technologies.”

Bloomberg’s open API follows the release of Bloomberg’s Open Symbology (BSYM), a system to identify securities across all global asset classes. BSYM is an alternative to proprietary security identifiers that has been adopted by leading global securities exchanges and financial services organizations.

The BLPAPI interface works with a comprehensive set of programming languages and operating systems, including Java, C, C++, .NET, COM and Perl. Other benefits of using Bloomberg’s API include:

• A comprehensive technical definition of a market data interface that includes publish/subscribe, request/response, all built on a flexible service-oriented design,

• An MIT-style license that allows users to copy and use BLPAPI interfaces for use with any market data service, applications or adapter technology,

• A simple and intuitive interface technology that is suitable for high volume and low latency applications.

* Bloomberg is offering its programming interface (BLPAPI) under a free-use agreement. This does not apply to any content.

Source:Bob´s Guide, 01.02.2012

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