Institutional Insights

Measuring Research Consumption and Value – What Does an ‘Open’ Mean, Really?

May 15, 2017

While part of MiFID II is focused on execution, the new regulatory regime also requires the buy side to measure its content consumption for the purpose of commission allocation.

Street Contxt data shows that for the content we distribute to more than 180,000 buy-side professionals, 50% of the readership that will ever happen for a given piece of content – whether it is published by research, sales, trading, or anyone else – will happen in the first 30 minutes.

Ideally a buy-side professional should have the ability not only to see what was read, but what the level and depth of engagement looked like – preview, short, or long in simple reading alone. They should see what percentage of readership resulted in collaboration, subscription or favoriting of the article for future use.

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New Startups Aim to Be the EBays for Market Research

May 8, 2017

Another competitor in the burgeoning market is Street Contxt, which uses machine-learning and data-driven metrics to push relevant content to buyers and to help analysts understand what sells. The firm, which was founded in 2012, got an investment from Steven Cohen’s Point72 Ventures earlier this year and makes money by charging a membership fee to clients as well as taking a cut on deals. The company also counts 8VC’s Joe Lonsdale, a co-founder of Palantir Technologies Inc., as an investor.

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Street Contxt To Track Research Usage As Analysts Fear MiFID 2

May 3, 2017

Into this fluid situation comes Street Contxt, a start-up that plans to untangle this system, offering institutional investors a method to value the research that they consume – a task that is currently complex and nuanced. Applying accountability to research providers might raise concerns among providers, but if viewed from the proper perspective it will result in the cream rising to the top, says Street Contxt management.

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Research Faces Tougher Grading

May 3, 2017

By analyzing aggregated user data from its research distribution platform, Street Contxt found that if an article is open but not opened two seconds later, the recipient deleted it.

“We found that more content is opened for deletion than is opened to be read,” he said. “If you count opens to determine the allocation of commissions then you are allocating commissions to firms whose research you’re deleting and creating a system that rewards spammers indirectly.”

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Steve Cohen’s Point72 Is Investing In a Bloomberg Terminal Rival

April 5, 2017

Billionaire hedge fund giant Steven Cohen is betting on a startup hoping to topple the ubiquitous $25,000 Bloomberg Terminal nearly every trader, firm, and stock picker on Wall Street uses. Street Contxt allows investment banks, asset managers, and independent firms to distribute research, commentary, and other market news to users. Street Contxt also stands to help research analysts better reach their audiences.

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