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We're expecting a record breaking year for WFIC attendance. Take a look at who has already registered and signed up. 

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About WFIC

About WFIC

Join more than 500 industry peers from 40 countries at the 15th biennial World Financial Information Conference, the only global event that focuses on the sourcing, compliance and delivery of financial information.

Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner

Lifetime achievement award

FISD has established a Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the people who have contributed to the major developments and accomplishments of the financial information industry over the past 30 years.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships

WFIC provides sponsors opportunities to connect with the most valuable global audience in the financial information business.  Most WFIC sponsors return cycle after cycle. Typically sponsorships sell out in advance of the conference.  For more information, please contact Tracey Shumpert.

2024 Agenda*

Time Saturday
9:30 - 2:00 p.m. Best of Austin & The Hill Country Tour
Enjoy a full day of networking with colleagues as you experience the culture and history of Texas!
Time Sunday
9:30 - 12:30 p.m. Real Austin City Tour
Discover the best of the city in just a few hours! This fast-paced “bucket list” tour gives visitors a great snapshot of Austin: get dizzy gazing upward at the Capitol’s dome, indulge in a decadent treat from a local Austin eatery, explore cool outdoor art, snap photos at city landmarks, and check out funky neighborhoods only a local would know about. This detour is jam-packed with facts, history, and trivia on everything from Whole Foods to the UT campus, and everyone from Michael Dell to Willie Nelson. By the time you’re done with this tour, you’ll be able to say you “get” Austin – the history, people, music, culture, food and what keeps it “weird.” If you’re looking for a snappy quick overview of the city, or just need to prove to the social media universe you were in Austin this is the detour for you!

Optional Event/Additional Fee of $125 USD Required
Music History Tour
Discover Austin’s musical heritage and what makes us the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin’s live music tradition is unrivaled just about anywhere on earth, and our Music History of Austin tour uncovers the history behind the hype. We’ll weave around town visiting key heritage neighborhoods and musical sites, starting at 6th Street, the epicenter of today’s nightlife scene, and then going back in time to where it all started in the 1800’s at Scholz Biergarten. We’ll trace our steps through via the historic Victory Grill, the Armadillo World Headquarters, Saxon Pub and the Moody Theater, home to ACL Live. Hear about Austin legends such as Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and modern-day local celebrities such as Bob Schneider, Malford Milligan and Guy Forsyth!

Optional Event/Additional Fee of $175 USD Required
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Sponor and Customer-Only Cocktail Reception
This exclusive gathering between WFIC sponsors and consumer* delegates at the Hilton Austin will give sponsors extra exposure to customer firms.

Consumers planning to take advantage of the consumer travel stipend program must attend this reception.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, Sponsored by LSEG Data & Analytics
The “official” kickoff of WFIC! Meet your industry contacts and colleagues at the Hilton Austin. We recommend that all delegates arrive in time to attend the Welcome Reception. It’s the first opportunity to meet the entire WFIC community in one place.
Time Monday
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:50 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Leveraging GenAI in Financial Information Industry
Senior executives review the current state-of-play and forecast how GenAI will revolutionize market data workflow. They’ll consider internal issues like what it means to get data “AI ready” and ask fundamental questions about where the industry may need to evolve in order to maximize the benefits of the new technology. Listen as they opine on a laundry list of likely areas of impact: licensing, use cases and driving value, data licensing tools, staffing and mitigating risk.
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Talent Pipeline: Hiring the Future of Market Data
Opportunity is everywhere, but where is the new talent? This senior executive panel will address causes and solutions for the current talent crunch. Juggling to retain experienced staff while creating opportunities for new entrants is tough, how are firms tackling the challenge? They’ll discuss the best transferable skill-sets into market data roles, global teams, and the industry's role in promoting itself to prospective talent. If your organization needs to pump up its talent pipeline, this is the session for you.
11:30 - 12:15 p.m. One Stop Shopping: New Consumption Models for Market Data
The concept of purchasing financial data via online “data marts” presents tantalizing possibilities—what if data could be purchased as easily as a sweater? Yet technological and commercial complexities pose challenges. Hear insights from stakeholders including data consumers, owners, and technology providers. Learn about the current state of technology and product offerings, and potential improvements tailored to the financial information community's needs. Licensing regimes are likely to continue to necessitate human interaction prior to release of the data sets, so how are data marts adapting to accommodate this reality?
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
Meet and confer with colleagues in a relaxing atmosphere during the networking lunch.
Constituency Group Lunches
By Invitation Only
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Presentation Engineering Stream, sponsored by Oracle
Specialty workshops for those with an engineering focus. Please contact David Anderson.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Alternative Data Council: Generative AI Compliance Guidance Roundtables
Roundtables are informal, small group discussions on key issues for the industry. Each table will be focused on a different, specific financial information topic. Some tables will provide an opportunity to follow up or preview topics with speakers from the plenary program. Facilitated by industry experts, these sessions will provide the opportunity to get caught up on the latest developments or take a “deep dive” into an issue with other practitioners.
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Alternative Data as a Decision Asset
Sophisticated providers and users of alternative data will explore how shifting the view of data from a procurement expense to a decision asset benefits organizations. Attend to learn about the integration of alternative data into decision-making processes. Understand how to evaluate the cost of data versus its potential impact, advancements in technology that enhance or disrupt data analytics, and the regulatory landscape affecting alternative data usage and compliance.
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Transition
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, sponsored by Bloomberg & ICE
Raise a toast to honor the winner of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award on-site at the Austin Hilton. FISD established the Lifetime Achievement Award in order to recognize the people who have contributed to the major developments and accomplishments of the financial information industry over the past 25 years. We’ll also recognize the inaugural class of Rising Star Fellows.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration, sponsored by Bloomberg & ICE
Following the on-site awards presentation, the party will move off-site to Bull & Bowl for a festive reception to honor the awardee. Bull & Bowl is known as the ultimate playground for grownups, so wear your comfy shoes and come ready to have fun! Suggested dress code is casual.
Time Tuesday
7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:50 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. What’s It Worth? How the Financial Information Industry Values Data
Data is important and justifying these substantial costs to the business can be a tricky endeavour, especially when management demands to know not just how a data set contributes to better decisions and results, but also how it avoids risk. This panel will delve into fundamental questions for determining the value of data to an organization. Topics to include: how value is defined and assessed, when consumers should expect to pay more or less, processes to optimize value, and the need for transparency in commercial terms to assess comparative value.
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Keynote
11:30 - 12:15 p.m. TBA
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Meet and confer with colleagues in a relaxing atmosphere during the networking lunch.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. European Consolidated Tape: Are we there yet?
Do you need to know the latest on the EU Consolidated Tape? We’ve got you. Join this session for a brief history on the consolidated tape in the US and UK, and the present-day roadmap for the EU roll-out. Learn about expected time-frames, legislation, technical steps and consultations. Consideration will be given to the impact on the industry, including contenders, and likely winners and losers. The experts will make bets on whether the roll-out will happen as planned, or what bumps may lie ahead.
Engineering Stream, sponsored by AWS
Specialty workshops for those with an engineering focus. Please contact David Anderson.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. The Evolution of Financial Desktops: Embracing Interoperability
Explore the potential of interoperability to improve finance desktops. Discover how interoperability benefits customers and data providers by driving efficiency, choice, and better value. Peek into the back-end orchestration of interoperability and the role of FDC3 standards. Become acquainted with the leading integrators and data providers to understand how they are driving changes to workflow and get a glimpse of the future outlook for desktops.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. AI 101: Your AI Demystification Primer
Feeling lost in the sea of AI terminology? Join this session for a crash course on all things AI, including the differences between GenAI and traditional AI. Get ready to dive into key terms, gating factors like privacy, safety and differentiation, use cases from academia and enterprise, applied challenges, and tips on staying connected and informed. Join the roundtable following this session to ask follow-up questions and make sure your newly-acquired knowledge has stuck.
Roundtables
Roundtables are informal, small group discussions on key issues for the industry. Each table will be focused on a different, specific financial information topic. Some tables will provide an opportunity to follow up or preview topics with speakers from the plenary program. Facilitated by industry experts, these sessions will provide the opportunity to get caught up on the latest developments or take a “deep dive” into an issue with other practitioners.
4:00 - 4:15 Break
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Equities 101: Unveiling Global Markets
Data and trading are interlinked so it is imperative that data professionals understand market structure. Ride along as experts embark on a journey through the dynamic world of global equities. Dive into the intricacies of market structure, including different kinds of markets and regulatory environments. “Best execution” means different things in different regions, so master global fluency. Attendees will also gain insights into market share dynamics, and the evolving equities landscape.
Engineering Stream
5:15 - 7:15 p.m. Networking Reception, sponsored by Deutsche Boerse Group
Join colleagues for an evening of networking at the Hilton Austin! We’ll welcome the whole WFIC crew—stay tuned for surprises. Afterwards, head out for a night on the town in Austin!
Time Wednesday
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:50 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Meet the Future of Market Data
The first-ever Rising Stars Fellows will share their experiences and career aspirations as they forge their way forward in this industry. What were their preconceptions about working in market data vs. the reality? How did management help them tackle the initial learning curve? This session will also cover creating impactful professional development opportunities, learning from prior generations of talent and how they see the industry changing in the next five years.
9:45. - 10:15 a.m. Presentation
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Strategies for Compliant Market Data Practices
11:30 - 12:15 p.m. TBA
12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Farewell Reception, sponsored by CME Group
Enjoy afternoon refreshments and post conference banter at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – an Austin classic, and a wonderful place to eat, drink and hang out. Not too rowdy, not too laid back, just a good old fashioned good time!

*Program sessions and timing subject to change.

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