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Data Policies, Is “Keep It Simple” Better Business?

Over the last couple of decades technology has influenced data policies.  The internet introduced a distribution network and an e-commerce capability for broker dealers and market data vendors; delayed data and redistribution policies were tweaked and expanded.  Electronic / algorithmic trading brought us the advent of Non-Display Usage policies.  The policies gradually became more complex and prescriptive: to account for unforeseen usage at the outset, and to protect against “bad actors” who identified policy loopholes.  Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of information providers “unwind” restrictions and simplify data policy language; why?

  • Did the information collection and administration associated with more restrictive policies work – effectively?
  • Was the barrier to entry for complex policies too high; did it constrain / delay subscriberships?
  • Was it financially “worth it”?  Did the restrictive tariffs cover the additional administration costs?
  • How do more complex policies affect the information provider / subscriber relationship?

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Measuring Social Impact: Defining the “S” in ESG

As investor interest in ESG (environmental, social, governance) continues to climb, it’s important to consider the quality of ESG data and how it is created. In particular, the social element of the initialism seems particularly hard to define and quantify as it spans employee diversity, human rights, animal testing, and consumer protections. How are data providers, aggregators, and ratings agencies meeting this challenge?

This session will discuss:

  • A definition of ESG, especially social factors
  • What puts a company “on the side of the angels” as far as the “S” is concerned?
  • The recent history of demand ESG information and how data providers have responded
  • The use of AI to assess companies against ESG parameters – how much weight is given to the “S” factor?
  • How this sector/practice is expected to grow and evolve as the less easily measured “S” is better abled to be captured/measured?

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International Exchanges are Growing Their Businesses in Asia: How Are They Doing It?

International exchanges are increasing their participation in Asia organically, as well as through partnerships and acquisitions. The participation is taking place in various forms: ICE Futures Singapore (tradable) Micro Asia Tech 30 Index futures contracts, SIX’s ADX Digital Asset Exchange partnering with SBI; Cboe’s regional acquisitions and extended trading hours for volatility (VIX) instruments. The participants will discuss:

What / who prompted the need for this product/venue?
Who do these instruments appeal to institutional, retail?
Do any of these instruments trade outside Asia hours?
How will the data be sold/distributed: as part of (existing) global exchange feeds, as independent feeds?
What future initiatives in Asia/Pacific can we expect from international exchanges: acquisitions, organic growth?

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ESG in Asia/Pacific: Who is (Really) Pushing for More Transparency: What Data do They Want

ESG can cover a broad range of attributes such as climate change, content governance, and cybersecurity to gender-pay equity, board diversity, human rights, and workplace sexual harassment. Asset managers have a requirement to disclose how they voted on portfolios.
ESG can cover a broad range attributes such as climate change, content governance and cybersecurity to gender-pay equity, board diversity, human rights and workplace sexual harassment. Asset managers have a requirement to disclose how they voted on portfolio company ballots. The Asian trading and investment community is dominated by retail/High Net Worth investors. Is ESG is being used as a regional “buy-side magnet”; are Asia family offices and retail investors really pushing for more transparency in this area?

Where does the data come from; how is the data verified for accuracy?
How do investors receive the data: from exchange and data vendor feeds?
Are traditional Portfolio / Risk Management systems being used to process and analyse the data; how?
How does an information provider / market data vendor detect and avoid “green washing”?
Are the FinTechs and Unicorns leading, lagging or dismissive of ESG?

FISD is the global forum of choice for industry participants to discuss, understand, and facilitate the evolution of financial information for the key players in the value chain including consumer firms, third party groups, and data providers. It is a dynamic environment in which members identify the trends that will shape the industry, and create education opportunities and industry initiatives to address them. For more information about membership, please contact Tracey Shumpert at tshumpert@siia.net

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