Customers fear that Bloomberg is becoming a competitor
Peter Eavis and Nathaniel Popper of The New York Times write about how some of Bloomber LP’s biggest customers fear that it is becoming a competitor.
Eavis and Popper write, “In recent years, Bloomberg has offered new ways to trade stocks, bonds and more complicated financial products, potentially taking revenue from subscribers to the ubiquitous Bloomberg desktop terminals, which contain a vast store of market data. The expansion is even leading Bloomberg to offer traditional Wall Street services like wealth management and research.
“‘If you add all this stuff up together, they do look increasingly like a brokerage business,’ said Larry Tabb, founder of the consulting firm Tabb Group.
“He said that Bloomberg was not yet a dominant force in these activities and had been careful to placate the concerns of subscribers. But, he said, ‘it makes some of these brokers think, are these guys friend or foe?’
“Bloomberg says its trading operations are walled off from its data operations and asserts that it has won the trust of clients over the years. The company is eager to protect both its revenue and the wealth of Michael R. Bloomberg, which are still primarily generated by the terminals business.”
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