"What's the temperature outside?"
- "Pay me a dollar and I'll tell you."
"How much is a loaf of bread?"
- "That's for me to know and you to pay to find out."
The financial industry is such a throwback to the dark ages they try to extort their customers through their medieval "protect my ricebowl" business practices. (Their ricebowl, how they thieve a living, by selling what should be free.) It's no wonder society despises Wall Street and Bank Street. If this were actually value-add information, analysis or knowledge abstraction say, then sure, sell it. But it's not. For the most part (the part that startup financial advisory firms need) it's just price.
Fortunately such practices are going the way of the Iron Maiden and guillotine. Such information must be freely available -- the world knows this -- and sites like Quandl are making it happen.