The Value of Market Data for Retail Investors

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Huge advances in market data powered by Nasdaq have fueled fierce competition that benefits the investing public and provides retail investors access to state-of-the-art analytical tools and market data at little to no cost.

Market data is the curation of trillions of individual data points about the buy and sell orders communicated on stock-trading platforms by market participants. Nasdaq products leverage market data to democratize market access, power startups, and drive down costs for investors. Despite the acceleration in market data's value and use—it remains remarkably and persistently affordable.

Read more about how market data helps retails investors, how retail investors access market data at a very low cost or for free and how other retail investor costs are a fraction of what they were a decade ago.

For example, 401(k) equity fund expenses have decreased 42% between 2000 and 2017, and the average U.S. stock trade commission has also decreased 40 percent.

Check out our infographic that takes a look into the Value of Market Data for investors everywhere.

Also be sure to check out our preceding infographic, The Anatomy of a Trade, which details how data is making the U.S. stock market more open for all and takes you behind the scenes of a stock exchange’s business.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Economy

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