News & Commentary
Content posted in January 2012
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Bloomberg Open Sources Its Market Data Distribution Technology
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
The market data provider's Open Market Data initiative allows any developer to use API without restrictions.
Thomson Reuters' Mike Powell Discusses Cloud Adoption
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
While cost pressures are a driver, breaking into new markets is a priority for capital firms in 2012, explains Mike Powell, Thomson Reuters’ global head of hosting and managed services.
High-Frequency Trading is Hitting the BRICs
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
As regulators in the United States and Europe weigh the merits of new regulations to govern high-frequency trading, emerging markets have been methodically paving the way for the practice to expand within their borders.
STOCK Act Hits Delay in House
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Deustche Bank's SuperX Ranked As Largest Dark Pool in Europe
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Rosenblatt Securities ranked SuperX as the largest by volume in its monthly dark pool market share index, comprised of a universe of 18 liquidity pools across Europe.
Are Institutional Investors Too Reliant on Alternatives?
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Years of high fees, complex terms and unclear results have South Carolina's public pension plan questioning its reliance on hedge funds, private equity and other alternative assets to generate returns, the Wall Street Journal says.
Data Explorers Launches Securities Lending iPhone App
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Aimed at hedge funds and brokers, the new iPhone app can track short selling and institutional fund activity across global market sectors.
QuantHouse Offers Sub-Millisecond Access to Hotspot FX
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
The company's Hotspot FX handler is now available to algorithmic trading firms seeking ultra-low latency access to the FX ECN.
Do Stock Exchange Operators Need More Rules to Monitor Trading Platforms?
Commentary  |  1/27/2012  | 
After a series of technology glitches over the past year, the SEC is proposing a new standard for trading systems that would impact 13 US stock exchanges and smaller venues, according to today's Wall Street Journal.
Congressional Insider Trading Ban May Become Law This Year
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Considering some of the comments made by Republicans and Democrats following President Obama's address to the nation, it appears lawmakers are prepared to outlaw this unethical practice, even as Washington remains gridlocked on most other issues.
DTCC Adds Former RBS Executive to LEI Development Team
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Mark Davies will serve as liaison in Europe and will work with regulators and industry committees to develop legal entity identifier (LEI) program.
Could Market Volatility Be Hiding a Flash Crash?
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Market volatility is not the same as a Flash Crash, Instinet's Alison Crosthwait says.
Volatility Spurs Aggressive Algo Strategies
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
In volatile markets traders choose more aggressive algorithmic trading strategies and increase the level of human interaction.
Taming the Market Data Beast
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Hedge funds are drowning in market data -- and yet they want even more. How can smaller hedge funds and prop shops feed the market data beast?
Market Data: Looking Back to Get Ahead
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Hedge fund managers are digging deep into yesterday's data to uncover a trading edge.
Market Data: Pump Up the Volume
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Failure to Arbitrate Nets Merrill Lynch $1 Million Fine
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said it fined Merrill Lynch $1 million for failing to arbitrate disputes with employees over retention bonuses that were tied to its 2009 merger with Bank of America.
Can Hedge Fund Managers Master Market Volatility?
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Volatile markets are the new normal. But while some thrill-seeking hedge fund managers are enjoying the wild ride, others can't wait for it to end.
Will SEFs Increase Market Fragmentation?
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Some firms see opportunities in electronic trading, while others express concerns about liquidity fragmenting across swap execution facilities, according to executives at TabbForum event.
Trader Gougenheim Eyes $50M Glasnost Hedge Fund
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Hedge fund industry veteran Philippe Gougenheim will open a highly liquid global macro fund in June 2012.
Hedge Funds Climb Back Across $2 Trillion Threshold
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Although it's been well-documented that hedge funds endured a difficult 2011, research shows the industry enjoyed a bit of a comeback as the year drew to a close.
9 Ways To Minimize Data Breach Fallout
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Symantec just revealed that attackers stole source code to its flagship Norton software in 2006, highlighting today's array of sharply different approaches to owning up to data breaches. Consider these essential policies.
The Hedge Funds in Romney's Returns
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Managing Data For Customers and Regulators in an iTunes Age
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
The cloud infrastructure that makes iTunes possible is the same that will enable asset managers to serve their customers and meet regulatory requirements, writes StatPro CEO Andrew Peddar.
Buy-Side Firms Lack Confidence in Their OMS, Risk Data: Survey
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Buy-side firms aren't confident the data they're getting from their order management, accounting and risk systems is consistent and of high quality, according to a survey conducted by software provider SimCorp.
GOP Debate: Kill Dodd-Frank!
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
How ING Avoids Customization Nightmares
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
ING CIO says the bank's new operations model is helping centralize more IT work, while still letting leaders react to local market needs around the globe. The ultimate goal: Make IT faster.
Liquidity Centers Are Big Business
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Exchanges are the latest participants to jump into the data center colocation game as the appetite for hosted services shows no letdown.
The SOPA Saga: The End Is Just the Beginning
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
With SOPA off the table, Congress still has to try to protect intellectual property in the digital age.
Cloud Computing Can Boost the Customer Experience
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
The cloud allows firms to bundle value-added services and improve the customer experience.
The Rise of Cloud Computing on Wall Street
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Looking to cut their capital expenditures on servers and applications, financial services firms are warming up to private clouds run outside their firewalls.
Advent's Stephanie DiMarco Will Leave a Strong Legacy
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Advent Software’s departing CEO Stephanie DiMarco explains why she’s stepping down and reflects on 30 years in the industry, in an exclusive Q&A with Wall Street &Technology.
SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Alternative
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
If Congress is so clueless about Internet dynamics, it's up to SOPA opponents to create a workable alternative for stopping online content piracy.
Fidelity Adds Five Countries and Currencies to International Platform
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Retail brokerage customers can now trade in 17 of the world's largest and most popular markets, which Fidelity said exceeds what other firms provide.
How Buy-Side Traders Are Adapting to the Volatility
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Buy-side traders are demanding stronger trading tools to navigate the increasingly volatile markets, according to a recent TABB Group study.
Does TCA Really Work for the Buy Side?
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Transaction cost analysis promises stronger executions. But buy-side trading desks may not always know how to pinpoint the information that can actually help them get the most out of their trades.
Liquidity Centers Are the First Step Toward Industry Utilities
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Liquidity centers will eventually become liquidity and utility centers for the equities markets.
After MF Global, Risk Management Again Takes Center Stage
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
In a familiar story, a major Wall Street firm flames out and others scramble to shore up their risk practices and systems.
Volatility Fuels Demand for Stronger Data Management
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
In these roiling markets, fund managers must realize that data management is a buy-side business, too, according to Asset Control CEO Phil Lynch.
How the Government Flips Insider Trading Witnesses
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
An F.B.I. agent has persuaded Wall Street suspects to collect evidence against their business colleagues or friends, playing a key role in the government's insider trader investigations.
TD Bank's Social Strategy: Start Small, Think Big
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
The Canadian-based bank's ambitious enterprise social networking plans started with a simple initiative that has already boosted productivity dramatically.
Pipeline Transforms Itself into Aritas
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
Yesterday, the former Pipeline Trading Systems said it's new name is Aritas, citing many changes, including product updates and leadership, it's made since it reached a settlement with the SEC.
TeraExchange Hires Former Regulator with Derivatives Expertise
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
TeraExchange appointed Marti Tirinnanzi as SVP of business development to help government entities benefit from upcoming derivatives reforms.
Futures SROs Review Customer Segregation In Light of MF Global
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
CME, ICE, NFA and other futtures industry self regulatory organizations formed a committee to review how SROs can strengthen existing safeguards for customer segregated funds.
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