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The Future is Now: How “real-time” is moving to the next level

August 13, 2014

In today’s global financial marketplace, trading firms are building increasingly sophisticated models and strategies in order to gain a competitive edge. Algorithmic trading now covers all asset classes across all geographies and is supporting a much broader range of use cases. This reality is placing a huge burden on trading firms who need increasingly diverse data sets of the very highest quality to service their complex business needs. Historically these traders had to make a trade-off between low latency narrow focused data and more comprehensive higher quality data sets. That trade-off no longer needs to exist.

To meet the capital markets’ need for speed combined with data quality and coverage, financial data providers, such as Bloomberg, are  investing in real-time market data technologies to help  clients keep up with the rapid pace of trading. Recently, Bloomberg launched a ticker plant facility in Toronto in order to enhance connectivity to Canadian exchanges and deliver a faster B-PIPE service, Bloomberg’s real-time market data feed, to those regional customers and institutional investment firms globally. With the ticker plant, which is a facility co-located in the Markham data center in Toronto, Bloomberg is able to access data from the local exchanges, and consolidate and re-format this data locally to distribute to B-PIPE customers at a rate 71 percent faster than previously available.

Bloomberg’s Enterprise Solutions team continues to invest in technology and developer resources that help build and deploy smarter, sharper, real-time technologies. We’ve also augmented our R&D staff this year by more than 20 percent. We balance the efforts of our new teams to improve infrastructure, research new technologies, and deliver specific enhancements to help our clients.

Follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates about how Bloomberg is investing in data acquisition, management and distribution technologies that can help your firm meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Because the future is now — or perhaps, it can’t come fast enough.

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