For most brokers, managing data and technology is an unwelcome distraction from the core business of managing money. On the face of it, all brokers are looking for data feeds that are high quality, low latency and scalable. But in practice this is only the beginning of the story — the real challenge lies in the detail.

This short guide offers a checklist of essential requirements for a strategic market data provider. It reflects our unique practical experience gained at the heart of the global financial services industry and based on many conversations with major clients.