News & Commentary
Content posted in January 2011
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ELX Futures Slashes Fees to 9 Cents Per Contract
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Adopts one tier-bundled fee for all market users trading US Treasuries and Eurodollar futures contracts, effective as of Feb. 1st.
Charles Schwab Strikes Alliance with AARP
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Schwab will offer a new financial guidance program to AARP millions of members nationwide.
A Surprising Bestseller: The 576-Page Financial Crisis Inquiry Report
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Perhaps readers were lured by the literary prose of the commission's chairman, Phil Angelides.
BATS Introduces Real-Time Latency Monitoring Service
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Allows BZX and BYX members to monitor order latency in real time via a dashboard on BATS's web site.
Wells Fargo to Clear Interest Rate Swaps Via CME
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Wells Fargo & Co., which has been working with the Federal Reserve to reduce risk in the derivatives trading industry, announced it will clear over-the-counter interest rate swaps through CME Group.
Fidelity Introduces New Web-based Streaming Tools For Active Traders
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Active traders can compare multiple symbols in one chart and can view multiple charts in a single layout.
Banks Cry Wolf Over IT Budgets
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
As Dodd-Frank rolls into Wall Street, banks will claim they don't have the funds to operate in compliance. Cry me a river.
Nuance Communications Releases New Voice Biometrics Platform
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Nuance’s VocalPassword targets automated remote verification based on an individual’s voice, while Nuance FreeSpeech performs verification and fraud detection in the background of conversations between callers and agents in the contact center.
01.28.11. What's Hot For The Buy-Side In 2011
01.28.11. What's Hot For The Buy-Side In 2011
Wall Street & Technology Videos  |  1/27/2011  | 
Larry Tabb, founder and CEO of TABB Group, talks to Phil Albinus, editor-in-chief of Advanced Trading, about which trends will be the biggest for the buy-side in 2011.
SmartStream Hires Industry Veteran Hugh Stewart
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Stewart will serve as director of DClear, an evolving utility and reference data services business.
Deutsche Bank Launches Second Hedge Fund ETF - Report
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Deutsche Bank announced the launch a second hedge fund exchange traded fund that aims to blend the skills of top equity hedge fund managers with the liquidity of an ETF, the Financial Times reported.
Trading Technologies Settles Patent Lawsuit with Cunningham Trading Systems
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
CTS agrees to take a 10-year royalty bearing license under the vast majority of TT's patent portfolio.
CFTC Proposes New Fund Regs
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Event-Driven Hedge Funds Gained 16 Pct in 2010 - Study
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Hedge fund managers who deployed event-driven strategies gained more than 16 percent last year, outpacing their counterparts and the Standard & Poor's 500, according to a study conducted by industry consultant Hennessee Group.
CFTC Budget Crunch: Can it Oversee Swaps Market?
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Commissioner Scott O' Malia said CFTC has made no investment in market surveillance systems, despite increased Dodd-Frank supervisory role.
CFTC's Latest Plan for Swaps May Save Banks Billions
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
The rigid regulatory climate may have some on Wall Street feeling a bit uneasy these days, but at least one regulator is probably winning fans with a plan that may save banks billions in the long run.
FIX Flyer Delivers Trading Solutions Via Equinix
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The managed service provider of FIX connectivity leverages Equinix global data centers.
State Street, ING Join Enterprise Cloud Initiative
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Seven new companies, including State Street and ING, have joined the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council.
Instinet to Launch Canadian ATS in First Half of 2011
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Agency broker Instinet Inc. said today that its Canadian unit completed the rollout of an electronic trading platform featuring a suite of event-driven trading algorithms and a smart order router that works simultaneously with U.S. and Canadian exchanges.
Blame The Government For The Financial Crisis
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
"The fault lies not in the stars, but in us," report finds.
Omega ATS Extends Fee-Free Trading of Fixed Income
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Aggressive pricing model challenges Omega's competitors in Canadian marketplace, company claims.
SEC Tightens Rules for Hedge Funds
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Large private funds must reveal potential levels of risk to US marketplace.
Morgan Stanley's Head of Quant Software Out Amid Broader Shakeup - Report
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The head of Morgan Stanley’s quantitative software and modeling group is leaving the firm after three years, Bloomberg News reported, citing an internal memo it obtained.
Did The SEC Make A Rash (And Unfortunate) Real Estate Decision?
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
The SEC's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into the agency's leasing activity, in particular its decision to lease almost 1 million square feet in downtown Washington.
Credit Suisse Aids Institutions In Their Losing Battle Against HFT
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
Help is finally on the way for institutional investors in their losing battle for profits against high-frequency traders and it's not coming from regulators.
Deutsche Borse Licenses Cinnober System for Market Surveillance
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Deutsche Borse Licenses Cinnober System for Market Surveillance
Deutsche Borse Taps Cinnover For Market Surveillance Technology
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
The technology called Scila Surveillance will replace Deutsche Boerse's in-house solution.
FiberMedia Hires Equinix's John Panzica to Drive Expansion into Financial Colo Market
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Data center operator eyes opportunities outside of high frequency trading market, offering cloud computing as a hosted service for hedge funds.
MarkitSERV to Update OTC Derivatives Platform with Collateral Messaging
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
MarkitSERV announced it's working with the Depositary Trust & Clearing Corp. and AcadiaSoft to develop a platform that can help over-the-counter derivatives traders set and maintain collateral between deals with their counterparties.
Little Named Calypso's Head of Securities Finance
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Formerly of Rule Financial, David Little will focus on business development.
Insider Trading Probe Is Felt Beyond World Of Hedge Funds
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
A Morgan Stanley banker has become the first Wall Street banker publicly drawn into the Galleon investigation.
Al Ramz Securities Joins Fidessa's Global Connectivity Network
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
United Arab Emirate's-based broker offers electronic execution services on Gulf equity products to local region and international trading community.
Richard Fleischman & Assoc. to Host EZE OMS
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
RFA will offer the multi-asset class OMS via outsourced IT to over 400 alternative asset firms.
EMS Growing Pains
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
As brokers debate the economics of execution management systems, Barclays and Citi have quit the EMS game. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs has gone broker-neutral and Morgan Stanley has decided to fly solo.
A Hard Lesson
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
People often repeat the same mistakes, even when they should have learned their lessons the first time.
The Next Rogue Algo
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
After the May 6 Flash Crash, buy-side firms are wary of a wave of disruptive algorithms that could trigger the next trading tsunami. To shore up the markets, regulators are pursuing sharper algo audits and stricter certification.
Deploying an OMS, Natcan Takes on Pre-Trade Risk
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Canadian investment firms did not have the same exposure to the credit collapse as their U.S. counterparts. Asset manager Natcan shows how even the choice of a trade order management system can help in the quest for greater risk oversight.
Lack Of SEC Resources Could Be Biggest Hurdle For Volcker Rule
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
The SEC is getting stretched thin and Congress doesn't seem interested in providing more resources...
Capital Markets Outlook 2011
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
What will the hot technology trends be for capital markets firms in 2011?
Buy Side Taps Trade Ideas from the Sell Side
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Are trade-ideas an alternative to expert research networks?
Wall Street Titans Rein in Pay Amid Calls for Restraint
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Are Wall Street's titans actually heeding widespread calls for restraint as the rest of the nation slogs its way through a painful economic recovery?
SWIFT Expands Securities Focus with Two New Appointments
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Fabian Vandenreydt and Brett Lancaster named to SWIFT's securities team.
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Expands Offerings to India
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Through its regulatory expertise and technology offerings, the company will help financial professionals comply with industry regulations, including those enforced by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
Going Back to Front Office
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Buy-side firms must address the new post-Dodd-Frank ecosystem. The first step: Stop focusing on the front office and pay more attention to the back office.
Swiss Stock Exchange Teams with Liquidnet
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Swiss Exchange members will access a new electronic trading venue combining their liquidity with Liquidnet's institutional dark pool in European securities.
Nord Capital Deploys SuperDerivatives for OTC Pricing
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Russian asset manager Nord Capital announced it will use Super Derivatives’ SDX platform to provide the firm with independent pricing for a wide range of assets, including FX, commodities, and equities.
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