Institutional Insights

Winning the Research Battle: Creating Value through a Data-Driven Approach

June 21, 2017

Sell side firms spend $1,700,000 per year to produce content. As investors pay more attention to the cost of research, ultimately deciding its market worth, firms will need to become more data-driven in their approach to content distribution.


Street Contxt Featured as a Startup Aiming to Transform Capital Markets

June 8, 2017

Featured on CB Insights’ ‘145+ startups focused on transforming the Capital Markets’, Street Contxt is listed as leading force in providing “investors with alternative access to data and non-traditional data sets that aim to complement or replace legacy data providers.”

MiFID II sell side research unbundling

Sell Side: Preparing for Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II)

June 2, 2017

Investment research in the U.S. markets will inevitably change with the advent of new global regulations. While Commission Sharing Arrangements (CSAs) have evolved in the U.S., Europe and the U.K., new regulations are moving rapidly towards commission unbundling. Given the extensive nature of these new regulatory standards, sell side firms need to be prepared to support their buy side counterparts in adapting to this rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.


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.


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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