Roster of FISD FIA Certified Professionals Reaches 1,000

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Roster of FISD FIA Certified Professionals Reaches 1,000

WASHINGTON, DC (January 4, 2017)—FISD - The Financial Information Services Association of SIIA, announces that the thousandth data professional has passed his FISD Financial Information Associate (FISD FIA) exam.

FISD created the FIA to enable professionals in the market and reference data industry to demonstrate their knowledge in four key subject areas: Markets, Data, Technology, and Issues & Trends. This first-of-its-kind certification is earned by those who pass a rigorous 150-question exam.

Derrick Wong, Market Data Services, Capital Group Companies, was the lucky FIA #1,000. To honor his accomplishment and toast the FISD FIA program’s milestone achievement he was awarded a bottle of champagne in addition to his certification plaque.

A recent addition to the team at Capital Group companies, where several others hold the FISD FIA, Wong had this to say about the test and his preparation:

“My experience with the FIA exam was quite challenging as I had only been in my current role for a year, and while I was familiar with some of the terms and concepts – I believe studying for this exam gave me a full picture of how everything ties together. The exam was quite comprehensive and as I studied for industry issues and trends, different types of data, structure of the markets, and the ever-changing technology. For my preparation, I actually learned quite a bit from my colleagues throughout the year to build my foundation of knowledge and spent additional time understanding the regulations and figuring out all of those acronyms! After passing the exam, I feel more confident in my role and believe this accreditation gives additional credibility to those who work in the industry.”

Tom Davin, Managing Director of FISD said, “We are pleased to mark this milestone for the FISD FIA program. This credential only increases in value as more people earn it. Qualified FIAs are leading the charge to raise the standard of knowledge for professionals in this industry.”

About FISD
FISD (the Financial Information Services Association of SIIA) provides a neutral business forum for exchanges, market data vendors, specialist data providers, brokerage firms, investment managers and banks to address and resolve business and technical issues related to the distribution, management, administration and use of market data. Members use this forum to exchange ideas, build business relationships and improve the business climate associated with the worldwide flow of financial information. SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. For more information, visit