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Content posted in January 2014
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SIP Up for Bid
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
After Nasdaq OMX said it will stop running the securities information processor, the UTP SIP Committee has decided to put the job out for bid, according to sources.
Finding the Secure Lining in the Cloud
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
37 percent of cyber-attacks are leveled at financial services companies.
SunGard Hackathon Produces Algo Trading, Visualization and Security Apps
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Over 425 SunGard developers participated in a global 48-hour hackathon to develop new tools and ideas for SunGard clients.
Adding Context to Social Archives is No Picnic
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Social information is racking up eDiscovery costs, and surprisingly easy to manipulate.
Invesco to Consolidate All Global Trading Activity on Portware EMS
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
The global asset manager cites Portware's rich set of decision support analytics and plans to standardize technology, workflows and processes on a single EMS.
Capital Markets in Transition, Regulators on Watch
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
The promise of returns and threat of catastrophic failure is pushing trading firms to the edge.
Is It Time For An IT Reorg?
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
Decisions about the structure of the IT organization, governance and delivery models are often taken with a siloed mindset, but today's realities should force CIOs to adopt a more collaborative and holistic approach.
Cloud Vendors Face Deeper Security Questions
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Client hoping to provide that extra level of insurance are getting smarter about their questions around security.
Markit Hires Veteran to Develop New Trader Dashboard for Buy Side
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
The company hired Tom Conigliaro to head up its Trading Services Group, which will develop the new Trader Dashboard with triggers and streaming inputs to inform buy-side strategies.
Centercore: A New Flexible Datacenter Approach
Slideshows  |  1/29/2014  | 
Rather than build massive datacenters that take years to fill, Fidelity Investments has developed Centercore, an incremental, standards-based datacenter design.
Nasdaq Announces TradeGuard, New Risk Management Solutions
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Nasdaq expanded its Access Services suite with an upgrade of the acquired risk management platform, FTEN.
Volcker Rule Reporting: A Review
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Some of the more obscure types of reporting required in the Volcker Rule will make implementation difficult.
Real-Time Monitoring Spreads Beyond the Front Office to Risk Systems
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
London-based ITRS and Excelian developed a real-time performance monitoring interface for Murex, once considered to be middle office, but sell side customers are now scrutinizing downstream and upstream interdependencies among systems.
Global Funds Adopt Standard Compliance Technology to Lure Investors
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Globalization of regulatory burdens are raising the bar on risk, compliance and supervision technology.
Greater Automation, Transparency Required in Model Portfolios
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
The increasing number of programs, complexity and strategies require better automated model communication for sponsors and managers.
Redline Trading Offers Bridge to Shift OpenMAMA Trading Applications to its Ticker Plant
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Banks that have written trading applications based on the OpenMAMA API, will have a seamless way to access Redline Trading Solutions' ultra-low latency ticker plant.
What’s Next in Disruptive Technology and Innovation in Financial Services – Download from Davos
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
One topic debated at last week's World Economic Forum is whether the current model of capital markets, buy- and sell-side, can survive in a world where technology no longer presents the barrier it once did, writes Daniel Craig of Thomson Reuters.
Big Data Influences More Long-Term Storage
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
More firms are keeping data they could legally toss. Is this "keep everything" approach sustainable?
Capital Markets Extend Reach to Cloud with Help from Social
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
This is the year of the cloud burst in capital markets for data-heavy solutions.
Brown Brothers Harriman Hires New CIO
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Michael McGovern joined BBH as CIO and head of systems, where he will spearhead technology strategy, application development and systems infrastructure for the privately-held financial institution.
Financial Services M&A Activity Drops Again in 2013
Slideshows  |  1/24/2014  | 
Mergermarket's research team analyzed their global, industry-wide M&A report to emphasize the trends in Financial Services.
Big Banks Are Now Technology Laggards
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
Burdened by massive fixed costs, complicated legacy infrastructures and a changing revenue model, large banks are finding it challenging to move to newer technologies.
TeraExchange Offers SEF Trading Agreement to Multiple IDBs
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
European IDBs with bank customers will utilize TeraExchange's SEF platform to comply with Dodd-Frank's U.S. person's trading rule.
This is Why AIFMD Annex IV Reports Demand More Attention
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
The initial VOP filing deadline has just passed, but it was a breeze compared to the reporting challenges ahead.
Fraud Management In The Age Of Big Data
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
Big data can help financial firms uncover fraud, sometimes even before it happens.
Kensho Builds Siri-Like Virtual Market Research Assistant
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
They named it Warren.
2013 Investment Management Recap: A Look Back
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Almost all of the major benchmarks hit highs in 2013, but what will 2014 bring to investors?
The OFR Annual Report: Helpful Advice in Managing Data Standards
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
The OFR is making progress with LEIs and is providing guidelines for how it manages different data standards.
2013: What a Market, What a Year!
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
With bulls continuing to run throughout December, 2013 turned into a year for the record books.
PDQ Launches Institutional Equities Division; Hires Two Industry Veterans
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
The developer of PDQ ATS has hired longtime industry experts Peter Jenkins and James Ross to head up PDQ's institutional equities buy-side solutions.
Data Management in Capital Markets Welcomes the New Year
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Innovation is on the rise for consuming, processing, analyzing and storing data and ultimately mining actionable insights - diamonds from mountains of coal
OneMarketData Answers Client Demand To Incorporate Historical References
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Demand for historical reference data, including corporate earnings data, hints at emerging quantitative strategy and back testing techniques.
Social Media's Value Battles Ambiguity In Financial Services
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
It remains difficult to quantify the effects of social media, but that hasn’t stopped the continued dedication of funds to staff and equip social initiatives.
Optimal Execution in the Age of Big Data
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Finding the best execution in today's fragmented markets may require the use of big data techniques.
CFTC Certifies Javelin's MAT; Clock Ticks on Mandatory SEF Trading
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Javelin Capital Markets received a regulatory nod from the CFTC to offer an array of interest-rates swaps on its SEF platform, but uncertainty remains for multi-leg trades.
When Hollywood Imitates Wall Street
Slideshows  |  1/16/2014  | 
Five examples of actors trying to be as cool as bankers
Datacenters: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Burdened with costly corporate datacenters, financial firms are trying to figure out what to do with their facilities.
Shifting Focus Of The Financial Services Datacenter
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
The shift to cloud and hosted software has drastically changed the role of the datacenter.
Consumerisation of Technology for Capital Markets: Innovating in the New Normal
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Even as their sons and daughters are wired into the world of Google and Apple, capital markets professionals are still operating in a world strait jacketed by closed architecture platforms and solutions, writes Ranjit Tinaikar of Thomson Reuters.
Commoditization of Financial Data Demands New Business Model
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
EDGAR Online is embracing commoditization and evolving its data delivery platform.
Markit Acquires ThinkFolio, Pushing into Front Office
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
The London-based maker of portfolio management software offers cross asset capabilities, a sophisticated OMS, and brings along 50 asset management clients.
Cloud-Based CCM Can Help Smaller Firms Compete
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Once an enterprise solution only large organizations could afford, customer communications management is moving to the cloud and enabling accessibility for all.
Centercore: The Flexible Datacenter
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Fidelity Investments develops a modular datacenter that can grow at 500 kilowatt increments.
FastMatch, A Forex ECN, Picks Caplin to Build Front End
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
FastMatch has retained Caplin Systems to build a front-end for its spot FX matching service.
ICE to Sell Parts of NYSE Technology - And Why Not?
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
If ICE can't assimilate or find a structural reason to keep hold of the acquired technology, it should go.
Market Structure Recipe For Success
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
A concise look at the significant market structure changes in the US equities markets and what they will mean for the future.
Rethinking The Financial Services Data Center
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Shifting market dynamics, cost pressures, and maturing technologies are forcing financial services organizations to re-examine their love affair with the traditional datacenter.
Credit Suisse AES Taps REDI's Broker Neutral EMS Platform
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
The decision by Credit Suisse reflects the new independence of the REDIPlus EMS, a move that has made other brokers more comfortable with joining the platform.
5 High-Risk Security Blunders of Senior Managers
Slideshows  |  1/10/2014  | 
In a recent survey, many senior leaders admitted to frequently engaging in high-risk behavior.
Shadow Accounting Steps into the Spotlight
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Investors have put pressure on hedge funds to ensure that accounting reports from independent administrators have been validated, writes Ron Kashden of Ingenious Initiatives.
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