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SIIA Welcomes New President and CEO
BIO5943_1019_compressedStarting January 2019, The Software Information Services Association (parent association of FISD) welcomed Jeff Joseph as its new President and CEO. Joseph joins SIIA after holding senior positions in major global high-tech trade associations and heading his own company, Starlight Public Affairs.  He succeeds former President and CEO, Ken Wasch, who founded the trade association thirty-five years ago, and retired at the end of December.  Jeff Joseph stated, “This is an exciting time to take the helm of this dynamic organization. Data and information are the key currencies of the 21st Century economy. With its diverse membership, policy expertise and educational events, SIIA is well positioned to lead the next wave of the Information Age. I am extremely excited to be handed the baton from Ken. I look forward with great anticipation to work with the board, volunteer leaders and outstanding staff to build the next generation of this premier Washington trade association and further the diverse needs and interests of its broad membership.” 

Alternative Data Standards Working Group Meets
The Alternative Data Standards Working Group is comprised of a group of buy-side firms who are seeking to make alternative data cheaper and easier to consume, and to proliferate the update of alternative data. The group held a kickoff meeting in December and is gathering in January to define determine first projects. Buy-Side firms interested in joining the group should contact Tracey Shumpert

FISD Market Data Licensing Recap
FISD held an ad hoc event in London on Jan 17th focusing on how the industry could codify data policies from exchanges and content providers – sometimes referred to as Digital Rights Management (DRM). This was intended as a workshop to give people a broader understanding – the workshop was provided by Goldman Sachs staff and was combined with a panel discussion which included an Exchange (CME); an aggregating vendor (Refinitiv); and two consumer firms JP Morgan and our host Goldman Sachs. Hoping we might get 50 to 60 showing up we got a very pleasant shock when over 200 attended with 5 or 6 dialed in. This topic is clearly of interest to many out there and we at FISD intend to support our members and the wider industry as this progresses. There is a lot more to come.  For more information or questions, please contact David Anderson +44 (0) 1825791382. 

Consumer Constituent Group Update
In January, FISD consumer members have been focused on a couple issues raised in their 2018 meetings:  (1) Machine-readable invoices and other opportunities to automate processes for processing invoices and (2) Exchange policies for use of data by Systematic Internalisers under MiFID II.  If you are an FISD consumer member and would like to learn more about these discussions in the future, contact Tom Davin

Become an FIA in 2019


As of press time, 1,430 of your industry colleagues have passed the FISD FIA exam. Some of these people were lucky enough to have their employer finance the exam and training, then keep after them to make sure they stayed on track. The rare few have the drive to pursue the FISD FIA on their own and the discipline to direct their own studies. If you’re still riding the New Year’s Resolution wave and are ready to take your career to the next level, don’t wait for permission to start. Check out recognized eTraining options and study on your terms.

Rising Stars Returns to NYC April 10
Save the date! Global Sponsor S&P Global Market Intelligence has graciously agreed to host the next FISD Rising Stars event on April 10 in their 55 Water Street space. Contact Hope Wilkes for more information.

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Announcing the Next FISD Reads Selection
To kick off 2019, the FISD Reads LinkedIn Group will work its way through Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied by Howard Yu
Why this book: Amidst fierce competition, you can still have an advantage: creativity. Throw away the notion of “this is how we’ve always done it” and embrace big changes (leaps) to thrive long-term. Learn about leaps from a management scholar who has designed leadership programs for some of the world’s leading companies.

Share Your News in the FISD Newsletter
Members can have their press releases, events, white papers, blogs, news articles and job postings featured in the FISD Newsletter. Delivered monthly to thousands of financial information professionals, the newsletter is a great place to spread your news. Email relevant material to Michael Zingali with the subject line "FISD Newsletter Submission".

Upcoming Event Information  


January 31 - FISD Amsterdam
February 7 - FISD Issue Brief (New York)
February 27 - FISD Technology Forum (London)
March 14 - FISD Singapore
March 19 - FISD Shanghai
April 10 - FISD Rising Stars Happy Hour (New York)

2019 FISD Events Calendar 

FISD Working Groups
Consumer Index Group
**Next meeting is scheduled for February 12

Contact: Nick Merritt +1 202-789-4441

Consumer Constituent U.S. Exchange Data Sub-Group
**Next meeting is scheduled for February 6
Contact: Tom Davin +1 202-789-4465

Business Issues Policies and Practices Standards (BIPPS) Working Group
Contact: Tom Davin +1 202-789-4465

Service Level & Communications Working Group
**Next meeting will be announced soon!
Contact: Nick Merritt +1 202-789-4441

FISD Constituent Groups
*All constituent group meetings are invitation only
Consumers Contact: Tom Davin +1 202-789-4465
Exchanges Contact: David Anderson +44 (0) 1825791382
Data Vendors Contact: Nick Merritt +1 (202)789-4441

Staff Travel Schedules
Tom Davin (DC Office):
Amsterdam: January 30-February 1
New York: February 6-8
London: February 25-March 1

Nick Merritt (DC Office):
New York: February 7

David Anderson (UK Office):
Amsterdam: January 30-31
London: February 27

Anika King (DC Office):
New York: February 7

Tracey Shumpert (NYC Office):
Amsterdam: January 30-31
New York: February 7

Hope Wilkes (DC Office):
New York: April 10

Michael Zingali (DC Office):
New York: February 6-8

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