NYSE Resolves Dispute Over Real-Time Quotes

from the coming-to-you-in-real-time dept

Back in November we mentioned the story of various online finance sites complaining to the SEC about the high prices that stock exchanges were charging for access to real time-quotes. It clearly seemed like the exchanges were missing the big picture, by trying to make as much money as possible upfront by selling the quotes, as opposed to seeing the long-term value of giving out more useful data to the public. It appears now that the impasse has been resolved, with the NYSE coming to terms with Google and Yahoo on a price for real-time quotes. For $100,000 per month, these sites will be able to redistribute the real-time data to their users free of charge. That still seems like a lot of money, and indeed the Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch (both owned by Dow Jones) don't think the price is worth it. It is possible that the Journal and MarketWatch just don't think there's much need for it, since presumably a high percentage of their readers have access to the data through an online brokerage account. Even with the new agreement, it still seems like the exchanges are shortsighted to nickel and dime the online finance sites over this data.
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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2007 @ 7:29am

    Re: please explain yourself

    The fact that Google chooses to collect a bunch of satellite photos and display them for free is irrelevant to this discussion.

    Nowhere do I suggest that the exchanges are unable to provide the data. And I agree with you completely that the data is simply a byproduct of the exchange’s business.

    Perhaps I should clarify my position. I do agree that the exchanges should provide its data to the public. What I do not agree with however, is the expectation that the exchange provide the data in REAL-TIME at no charge, versus on a delayed basis.

    I am not quite sure why you had to get so emotional at the end of your post. You can still get the data you’re so upset about now at no charge, just a little delayed…

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