News & Commentary
Content posted in October 2005
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Bonds Ain’t Stocks
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
There has been a lot of hype lately around fixed-income algorithmic trading. Now, I love hype, but I don't see high-speed direct market access/algorithmic trading technologies - which have become so hot in the U.S. equities markets - migrating into the fixed-income markets anytime soon.
Keeping Tabs
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Elliott Brings Payments Experience to Glenbrook Partners
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Former Visa VP Linda Elliott returned to the world of payments when she joined Glenbrook Partners, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based financial services consulting and research firm.
Edelstein Heads New BT Business Unit
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
BT Radianz president and CEO Howard Edelstein will head the company's new BT Global Financial Services business.
Roney Joins Rosenblatt Securities
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Charles Roney recently joined New York-based Rosenblatt Securities as a vice president and chief compliance officer.
Vhayu Improves Trading Execution
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Vhayu Technologies released VWAP Engine version 2.0, which enables existing client applications to access predefined trading strategies that try to achieve the volume weighted average price (VWAP) for configurable time periods.
Customized Managed Security Services
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Managed security services (MSS) provider Cybertrust has expanded its MSS offerings in conjunction with its fully outsourced MSS service.
Banks Told To Step Up Security Against Identity Theft
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Regulators give banks until end of 2006 to add two-step protection
Help Wanted: CIOs
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
The number of companies looking for CIOs is up significantly. Do you need a change?
BNY Brokerage Rolls Out Hosted Algorithmic Trading via FlexTrade, and more
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
BNY Brokerage Rolls Out Hosted Algorithmic Trading via FlexTrade, Aegis Software Connects Directly to CME, CBOT and Nasdaq, Market System Technology Tunes Ticker Plant to Run on Concurrent's iHawk Linux Servers, Orc Software Adds Direct Connections to AMEX and PHLX
InvestOne Enterprise 5.0 and mPortfolio Released With Early Adopters
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Integrated Applies InvestOne Enterprise 5.0, AIMTrimark Beta Tests mPortfolio
Stout Risius Ross uses InterAction for CRM
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Stout Risius Ross Selects InterAction for Customer Relationship Management
Self-Service Compliance
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Cupertino, Calif.-based Certus Software extended its Governance Suite to include Governance360, which provides personalized access to compliance information and activities across the enterprise, integrating compliance practices into daily business routines.
Mutual Funds Wake-Up Call
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
For all the talk about high management fees, tax inefficiencies, high turnover and long-term under-performance compared to major market indexes, the mutual fund industry has enjoyed a steady dose of cash inflows over the past decade.
CIO Challenge - Measuring IT’s Value
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
To ensure that IT dollars are spent wisely, business executives often require CIOs to quantify the return on technology investments. But ROI isn't always the best measure of an IT project's value. To prove IT's worth, many CIOs are employing new metrics.
Understanding the Stakes
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
To get a better handle on their organizations' risk exposure, many firms are turning to enterprisewide risk management.
Streaming Liquidity
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Seth Merrin, the visionary founder of Liquidnet, is at it again. This time, Merrin, who launched Liquidnet in 2001, is hoping to fix the inefficiencies of the U.S. equity market with a new version of Liquidnet that brings in retail-size order flow to match against the existing wholesale liquidity pool.
SMAs Still Lack Automation
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
As the popularity of separately managed accounts grows, so do the processing and operational headaches for money managers.
A Slice of the Boomer Pie
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Firms are upping wealth management spending and examining enterprisewide solutions in hopes of luring mass-affluent clients.
Financial Sector to Add IT Staff in Q4
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
The financial services, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sector is expected to lead all industries in the hiring of IT professionals during the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.
Costly Timing
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Ultimately, fund shareholders will pay a high price for the mutual fund industry's market timing scandals of 2003.
In Box
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
15 Criteria for IT Purchases
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Consumer Data At Risk
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
CSFB Buy-Side Research
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Missed Opportunity
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
By the Dashboard Light
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
As regulatory concerns persist, many firms are turning to dashboard technology to simplify compliance initiatives.
Innovation Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
When you think of the securities and investments industry, of what do you think?
Brokering Deals With Exchanges
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
Hot cakes, get your hot cakes! CEOs of regional stock exchanges might as well be standing on a street corner hawking Philly cheese steaks or Boston funnel cakes judging from the recent flurry of deals with brokers.
A Brave New World to Trade
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
I am on my way home from the CLSA Investors Forum in Hong Kong, and, after a week in Asia, the only thing I can think of is how egocentric I am.
Are We Disaster Ready?
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
With the growth of algorithmic trading, are the U.S. equity markets adequately prepared for disasters such as the recent terrorist bombings in London?
TCR: Value and Efficiency
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
As transaction cost research gains momentum, it's poised to become an integral part of relationship management while helping to create organizational efficiencies.
Resurrecting the Regionals
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
With Reg NMS on their side, the regional exchanges are enhancing their technology and seeking partnerships to better compete with the NYSE and Nasdaq.
CAPIS Boosts Speed With Blades
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Dallas-based brokerage leverages blade servers to increase execution speed, reliability and uptime.
Rethinking Risk Management
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Both the buy and sell sides are trying to give traders a consolidated picture of risk across products or asset classes. Each is taking a different approach.
Algorithms Sweep Dark Books
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Institutions are asking brokers to sweep multiple crossing networks and dark books to find hidden liquidity.
Algorithms in the News
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
JPMorgan Sells Plexus to ITG; Ramirez & Co. Launches Algorithmic Trading Through TradeTrek; Apama Launches Algorithms for FX
Fixed Income Meets the Black Box
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Segments of the fixed income market already are knee-deep in algorithms, but opportunities in the dealer-to-customer market are limited.
NYSE-Arca: Awaiting Delivery on the Promise
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
With its announced merger with Archipelago, the NYSE signaled a shift to electronic trading. But can it be all things to all interested parties?
Buy-Side Traders Go Global
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
As global trading takes off, large, medium and small buy-side shops take divergent approaches to trading and technology.
BAS’ Block Trading Platform Alters Its Target
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The revolutionary electronic capital commitment system that BAS designed for large clients has changed focus. The jury is still out on its success.
Trading Up
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Fidelity Hires Hedge Fund Pro
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Fidelity Management & Research Co. (FMR Co.), the investment management division of Fidelity Investments, hired Brian Conroy as SVP and head of global equity trading.
Rosenblatt Taps West Coast Trader
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Rosenblatt Securities hired Jason Valdez as vice president, strategy and business development. In his new role, Valdez is expected to strengthen Rosenblatt's efforts in agency-only portfolio trading.
Schonfeld to Acquire ETG
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The Schonfeld Group, a proprietary and retail trading firm, announced plans to purchase the independent professional trading firm Electronic Trading Group (ETG), thus expanding Schonfeld's trading force by adding approximately 125 proprietary traders and 200 retail traders.
Change Ahead For Canadian Markets
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
A study of 30 investment management firms reveals that buy-side adoption of advanced order management systems increased by 240 percent since 2003.
ESP Central Clearing Aids Buy Side, Irks Sell Side
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Central clearing offers buy-side firms aggregated electronic stock trades, eliminating the hassle of writing thousands of tickets to clear and settle trades with multiple counterparties.
A Note From The Editor
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Financial exchanges seem to be modeling themselves after Wal-Mart these days - offering every product imaginable at a fair price.
Federal Reserve Chairman Nominee Bullish On IT
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
Outgoing chairman Alan Greenspan was an outspoken advocate of IT. In a time when mainstream business leaders are skeptical of the value of IT, Ben Bernanke, named as Greenspan's possible successor, sees IT as a valuable investment when done right.
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