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Real Time vs Streaming Data


#1

I’m not sure what the difference is between real time and streaming data. Can someone explain this to me? Is it a big difference? Which one is more current?


#2

Greetings! The differences between the two are not big but they are worth considering. When it comes to Real Time data, you are required to sign an agreement to receive the data but the data coming in is absolutely current. There is no faster way to have the information at your fingertips. On the other hand, Live Stream data does not require a signed agreement. What you lose is anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes as this data stream is delayed to some degree depending on which exchange you are watching. Traders who aren’t concerned with the delay may choose the latter while those that are concerned usually go with the Real Time option.