Financial market data is provided by natural monopolies such as stock exchanges and rating agencies as well as by companies with a dominant market position such as large index and data providers. These can set conditions unilaterally, since the clients, such as fund companies, cannot practically do without this data without endangering their own business operations. For years, the use of financial market data has been associated with regular, sometimes massive price increases for fund companies. In addition, there is the de facto obligation to conclude increasingly complex data licences, which are supposed to cover all types of use and distribution of the data in the value chain of asset management up to the customer.
In light of the increasing dependence on data providers and the rising costs of financial market data, BVI demands a cost-effective and simple provision of stock market prices, index and rating data, but also ESG data, which are particularly needed by fund companies.