Tuesday, October 18, 2005

News Analysis - WFIC 2005: Financial Content Searches for New Profits in Open Markets

The World Financial Information Conference (WFIC) gathers every two years to contemplate the state of global financial content markets, an exercise that this year attracted some of the best minds in the business to the conference's Rome venue. The big picture emerging from the conference is that increasingly transparent markets for securities trading are placing enormous pressure on exchanges, vendors and institutions to find profitable positions in highly regulated markets. Financial content services that can drive the top line of profits as much as bottom-line cost savings are desperately needed, but the big ideas seem to be waiting in the wings for new players to push them through. Texas Holdem, anyone?

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