Data From Pre-Trade to Settlement: Different Providers Stake Claim to Leadership in Different Business Areas

Lists. Rankings. Everyone likes to look at them. All one needs to do is browse the web to be presented with lists that designed to capture the attention of the consumer. ‘Clickbait’, as it’s now commonly called, is everywhere.

Like any other competitive market, the capital markets data and analytics industry is highly competitive, stoking interest in its leadership rankings and associated ranking lists. This is the first of a series of three commentaries focused on Burton-Taylor’s newly released rankings of providers of market data for three separate segments: business segments, user role and product type. The focus of this one is Business Area.

While market data is used across all areas of capital markets, it offers unique value to the different business areas within each firm. Recent advances in quantitative analytics drive the increasing use of market data to find correlations in the pre-trade areas of the business. Exposure to risky counterparties and uncertain positions fuels the importance of data in the middle office, while AI relies on data as an integral part of improving efficiency of clearance and settlement processing. These distinct needs—which are always evolving due to discoveries in AI as well as trading and regulatory dynamics—create opportunities for many providers to thrive.

Burton-Taylor’s new report, “Financial Market Data/Analysis – League Tables 2020: Business Area”, features current market leaders in eight different business areas and highlights the primary reasons behind the use of market data in each. Several of the well-known players are represented across multiple segments.


Robert Iati is the Director of Burton-Taylor’s Market Data Research and Strategic Consulting businesses. Burton-Taylor offers unique insight into the Global Market Data Industry. Subscribers to Burton-Taylor’s Market Data research service get access to our library of content including our annual Market Data Benchmark as well as reports covering industry M&A activity and special reports focusing on specific segments within the industry. Visit our newly redesigned website at and contact for more information on our subscription packages.

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