FISD Issue Brief

Thursday, June 14, 2018,  BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ   Register Now

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Thursday, June 14

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.


Tom Davin, FIA, Managing Director, FISD

3:35 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Host Welcome

Michael Woodman, Head of Radianz, BT

3:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Bloomberg - 'Gender Equality Index' overview

Since 2016, Bloomberg has provided standardized, comparable social data that isn’t available in public filings through its Gender-Equality Index (GEI). This presentation will explain the rationale for the creation of the index and what it means for investors.

Sallianne Taylor, Global Manager, Market Structure and Strategic Alliances, Bloomberg L.P.

3:50 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Where does the lower cost workstation fit in the 2018 market data landscape?

Some might argue that market data workstations have had their day and that centralised algorithms rule the future. However, to paraphrase Mark Twain - reports of the death of the workstation are much exaggerated. Eyeballs still focus on screens, yes there may be less of them but still plenty to justify our discussion. What those eyes look at, how much they pay and perhaps most interestingly the different roles those eyes belong to drive us to the conclusion that one size does not fit all. The stalwart Bloomberg and Eikon do not have it all their own way – where do alternatives come from and what do they have to offer?


John Mattingley, CEO, Ballintrae


Richard Burtsal, Sales Director, InFront

Adam Toms, CEO (Europe), OpenFin

Jim Tousignant, CEO and Founder, FinTech Studios

4:35 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Changing the face of data pricing

James Watson, Global Head of Sales, Tradition

4:45 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

Blockchain: Does our industry's future rest on this?

Blockchain technology has been widely covered in the press lately - largely as a result of its presence in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.  But there are other applications for this technology, many of which fall in the financial information industry.  This session will explain how the high level of security is achieved through distributed ledger technologies as well as expose the challenges of blockchain adoption and scalability. Panelists will highlight how FISD member firms are already utilizing blockchain technology and opine on how value exchange might look in the future.

5:25 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


FISD's Service Level and Communication working group is selecting a Data Provider recognised for excellence in communicating events and activities related to MiFID II implementation.

Nick Merritt, FIA, Program Director, FISD

5:30 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.

FISD Update

Tom Davin, FIA, Managing Director, FISD

5:35 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception