Real-time market data is still not consumed via the cloud

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Efi Pylarinou is the founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019. 

Stock Exchanges are data and software businesses. Nasdaq specifically, has had a significant software infrastructure business that provides technology solutions to over 100 organizations, like exchanges, clearinghouses, Central securities depositories, and regulators in over 50 countries.

This past week Nasdaq announced that they have partnered with AWS to offer real-time market data via the Cloud. So, why is this important in the 3rd decade of the 21st century? Wasn’t Nasdaq and other exchanges delivering market data via the cloud already?

My research released that Cloud adoption for primary market data from the source, is decent But like often is the case, the devil is in the details.

First, it seems that cloud adoption of market data directly from the source is about 2-3yrs old. Fintech Xignite always comes to my mind when I think of the early disruption in this market as a classic example of a Thomson Reuters disruptor (now Refinitiv).

Xignite – a wind intensifying the Fintech fireworks was one of my blog posts during my first quarter writing on Daily Fintech in May 2015! I am getting close to 270 blog posts as we speak.

APIs and the Cloud are the couple that `Open` up business possibilities that were not viable before. Be it in banking or in asset management and capital markets.

Only in late 2018, did Refinitiv start offering historical tick data to its clients via the Cloud in partnership with Google. They had to spend resources to convince their customers to stop deploying trucks full of tapes with the valuable historical tick data and storage rooms to process the data on the tapes. Their selling points included cost savings and efficiency gains in the Search for Alpha. See details here

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Image from Refinitiv, October 2018

Nasdaq has been offering historical market data of all sorts much earlier always in collaboration with AWS. Their collaborations started in 2008 with certain data-on-demand offerings! Since then, they have also collaborated with Xignite for certain on-demand data sets (as early as 2011 see here).

Their recent cloud offering, the Nasdaq Cloud Data Service (NCDS), is bringing real-time data (not delayed or historical) via the cloud. It starts with real-time data for Nasdaq TotalViewNasdaq BasicNasdaq Last SaleNasdaq Global Index Data Service (GIDS) and Nasdaq Fund Network.

One would think that real-time data via the cloud would only benefit HFT trading businesses that profit from latencies in market data. But that is not actually the case. There are several benefits to access real-time data via cloud beyond the obvious cost optimization (reduction in costs and paying for what you consume). These include real-time risk management and search for alpha, as there is not `hoping on and off` the cloud between all the departments that collaborate to monitor portfolios and the markets. Traders, middle office, and back office, can attain real-time sync with real-time access via the cloud and into the variety of applications each one of them uses.

To make this simple and clear: A trader usually has access to real-time market data (if not via the cloud, then he-she is overpaying because no one uses all the data since a trader will be focused in one area or instrument). The middle, back office and risk management do not have access to real-time data and therefore, they run their dozens of applications out of sync.

This market is clearly behind.

A recent report by Xignite and Greenwich Associates quantifies the market appetite for market data feeds via the cloud.

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The survey shows that the market for accessing market data via cloud is ripe. However, the misconception that real-time data is not so suitable for the Cloud and for those trading (but not HFT) has not been overcome. The way I see this evolving is through realizing the benefits of Stream processing. Technologies that allow us to compute directly on data, are here and their adoption will unlock more benefits and value.

The CME Group, the global leader in derivatives market, became the first derivatives marketplace to offer real-time futures and options market data on Google Cloud Platform just this past November. Stay tuned.

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InsurTech efforts and the customer- who is being served with tech?

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Saas offerings, re-bundling and the pot of gold

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Jessica Ellerm wrote about `Something as a service`, the new fintech paradigm while looking at Raisin`s offering. This prompted a discussion with Richard Turrin and Aki Ranin around Saas models for banking. Richard is a proponent of `Buy versus build` which allows for rapid deployment. Aki is a proponent of shared infrastructure because it allows for economies of scale and expansion in additional markets.

Increased Saas model adoption and APIs, make it difficult to predict whether incumbent banks or Fintechs are becoming the plumbing of financial services. For me, we actually need to reconsider whether this should be a question at all.

Two or three years ago, the `dump pipe` debate was hot and terms like Big banks becoming Dumb Pipes or Dumb pots, were trending as discussion topics in articles, conferences and debates[1].

`The “dumb pipe” debate originated from the telecom industry and there is a lot of literature on the subject. The grandfather of the debate is David Isenberg who in 1997 published the seminal paper The Rise of the Stupid Network.` Excerpt from Andra Sonea`s post On banking “dumb pipes” and “stupid networks”

We have been using the `dumb pipe` term because it works in the attention economy which is dominated with trendy jargon. But we each map the term to a different concept.

We are actually even biased. When we look at a Fintechs with a B2B Saas offering like Mambu, then we may think that it if Mambu powers an incumbent bank to offer lending, then maybe the bank is at risk of becoming a dumb pipe. On the other hand, when we realize (if we do at all), that Mambu is powering N26, we don’t classify N26 as a bank with a high risk to become a dumb pipe.

Mambu is a great example of a Fintech specialized in a Saas core banking offering. It powers up Oak North bank, which is the No.1 UK challenger bank. It is the heart and brain of the ABN Amro`s digital banking spinoff, New10, that focuses on SME lending; and more.  Mambu does not offer the banking license (a different approach to Solaris Bank). Just by looking at these two examples – Mambu and Solaris Bank – that have unbundled financial services in different ways; we have to pose the question `Where is the value being creating?`

  • Powered by Mambu means: Go to market fast with a Saas cloud-native solution – Client has the banking license; Fintech has the tech – Who is the dumb pipe?
  • Powered by Solaris Bank means: Get into banking with a Saas cloud-native solution – Client can offer banking services without a banking license of its own – Baas – Fintech has the license and the tech – Who is the dumb pipe?

The `dumb pipe` threat was native to the digitalization phase of unbundling as the disruptive force that was going to dominate. Now we are in a re-bundling phase and fintechs are growing their stack of offerings, incumbent financial institutions are transforming their offerings, and tech companies are also stepping in. From Sofi moving from lending into wealth management and Habito powering the mortgage offering of Starling bank; to Kabbage powering Santander`s business loan offering, to Motif launching structured products for Goldman Sachs; to Goldman powering the Apple card and Solaris bank powering Alipay`s acceptance in Europe.

I hope you are convinced that we can’t spot easily dumb pipes in this kind of world. If business expansion is powered through a Saas cloud offering, then the next question to ask is whether this powers your ability to offer advice by analyzing what is processed in the pipes and whether it enhances your brand through strengthening your trusted relationship. As the re-bundling continues and the commoditization of transactional banking services also continues, the

Last man standing will be Brand and Advice[2].

If you use Saas offerings towards offering advice and enhancing your brand, then there is no reason to fear becoming a dumb pipe.

Last minute footnote – As I am finished posting this article, a Linkedin post from Richard Turrin grabbed my attention about Tencent`s investment in a UK startup, Truelayer which is tech company leveraging APIs within the PSD2 and Open banking progressive European regulatory frameworks, to give access to financial services.  TrueLayer powers neo bank Monzo.

[1] Are Banks Destined To Become The Next “Dumb Pipes”? via Tech crunch

Banks May Be Turning Into Dumb Pots Of Money via Forbes

The Big Banks Are Becoming `Dumb Pipes`; As Fintech Takes Over via CBinsights

[2] Inspired, copied and stolen from Gary V`s tips from his the recent at The Financial Brand Forum’s. See 9 Priceless Tips For Financial Marketers From Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Efi Pylarinou is the founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer.

 I have no positions or commercial relationships with the companies or people mentioned. I am not receiving compensation for this post.

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