https://tabbforum.com/opinions/financial-research-the-final-frontier-for-fintech-innovation/ Rowland Park - Of course, Refinitiv (formerly known as Reuters) and Bloomberg terminals have been a mainstay of trading desks for decades, but now firms are using algorithms to transform headlines into data which can be utilized by both human traders and algorithms, to drive trading decisions. ... The volume and lack of innovation in the world of financial research means that it is very difficult for market participants to effectively handle and consume the information they are receiving, leading to less-effective outcomes. ... The opportunity now is to use smart technology to transform the liability of information overload in financial research into the asset the analysis was designed to be in the first place.
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/survival-of-the-fittest-modernizing-capital-markets-infrastructure/ Monica Summerville - A common approach to data architecture in financial services has been to utilize a data technology stack comprising a collection of approaches – for example, historic data in a relational database, recent data in a columnar database, and real-time data in some sort of event processing software engine. To obtain a consolidated view, connections must be made directly to various systems; an approach that gets increasingly complex over time.
https://martechseries.com/analytics/data-management-platforms/sp-global-market-intelligence-launches-textual-data-analytics-xpressfeed/ S&P Global Market Intelligence announced the launch of Textual Data Analytics (TDA), a sophisticated new data offering which applies Natural Language Processing to generate sentiment scores and behavioral metrics based on company transcripts
PitchBook and RSRCHXchange to Create Comprehensive Marketplace for Private and Public Financial Research
https://www.fintech.finance/01-news/pitchbook-and-rsrchxchange-to-create-comprehensive-marketplace-for-private-and-public-financial-research/ RSRCHXchange’s virtual library will be accessible through PitchBook’s Research Center, which includes PitchBook’s best-in-class research on private asset classes and emerging technology sectors as well as Morningstar equity research. Together, PitchBook and RSRCHXchange will create one of the most comprehensive online research marketplaces covering both the private and public financial markets. Additionally, this integration enables RSRCHXchange providers to easily extend their reach to a large and growing private market client base leveraging their existing research feed, access controls and intellectual property protection.
https://www.institutionalassetmanager.co.uk/2019/10/01/279120/intercontinental-exchange-and-msci-expand-relationship Lynn Martin - “With this expansion, MSCI will license and integrate ICE Data Services’ market leading fixed income pricing and reference data into MSCI’s products and services,” says Diana Tidd, Head of Index at MSCI. “MSCI and ICE have developed a strong relationship over the past decade, and we look forward to providing our clients with more access to ESG and fixed income data and tools.”
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/unintended-consequences-shrinking-sell-side-research/ Douglas Christensen - Transparency has led to cost pressures and a reduction in research spending, which has had the unintended consequence of brokers and banks scaling back on the cost of coverage and ultimately has led to diminished output of published research.
https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/press-releases-pmn/business-wire-news-releases-pmn/msci-to-strengthen-climate-risk-capability-with-acquisition-of-carbon-delta Business Wire - Founded in 2015, Carbon Delta is a global leader for climate change scenario analysis. Together, MSCI and Carbon Delta will create an extensive climate risk assessment and reporting offering for the institutional market, providing global investors with solutions to help them better understand the impact of climate change on their investment portfolios and comply with mandatory and voluntary climate risk disclosure initiatives and requirements.
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/unbundling-is-upending-asset-management-as-we-know-it/ Larry Tabb - Increasingly, the large buy-side firms are embracing unbundling, as it enables them to better manage their business. It provides greater clarity around what research managers need, the cost of obtaining that information, and the service models it entails. It also allows buy-side traders to focus their attention on sending their orders to the most effective execution desks, instead of allocating those trades to research brokers based on their investment ideas, even if their trading desks are not truly effective. Also See: Industry at War with Itself, and Unbundling’s Impact on the Buy Side-Sell Side Relationship
https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/06/apis-are-the-next-big-saas-wave/ Daniel Levine - For fast-moving developers building on a global-scale, APIs are no longer a stop-gap to the future—they’re a critical part of their strategy. Why would you dedicate precious resources to recreating something in-house that’s done better elsewhere when you can instead focus your efforts on creating a differentiated product? Thanks to this mindset shift, APIs are on track to create another SaaS-sized impact across all industries and at a much faster pace. By exposing often complex services as simplified code, API-first products are far more extensible, easier for customers to integrate into, and have the ability to foster a greater community around potential use cases.
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/the-importance-of-research-and-how-you-pay-for-it/ Christopher Tiscornia - Westminster Research Associates, which is owned by Cowen Inc., has always been a strong proponent of allowing the use of client commissions to pay for research, particularly through commission sharing arrangements (CSAs). In the simplest form, trades are executed with a broker-dealer, generating commission credits that are housed in a CSA account with a broker-dealer such as Westminster, a pioneer in the business. These credits can then be used to acquire research from a variety of sources, including independent research boutiques as well as the research departments of larger investment banks in accordance with Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. As will be discussed here, we believe it is important that managers continue to have the flexibility to use commissions to acquire research.