News & Commentary
Content posted in February 2009
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Pipeline Trading Systems Launches PowerPlay, new Block and Algo Trading Product
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Offers ContraTargeting encryption technology for buy-side to control information leakage
Dolphin Launches Low Latency Networking Solution
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
New solution said to combine 10 gigabits-per-second networking with 1.2-microsecond latency, using reflective memory.
Ballads of Bernie Madoff, Ben Bernanke and February
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The Madoff scandal, Washington's efforts to fix the economy, and even the waning month of February have been a musical inspiration to some talented YouTubers. Ballad of Bernie Madoff Madoff plays the banjo and sings a catchy jingle about himself, in the style of a Free Credit Report.com commercial.
UBS Replaces CEO Rohner with Former Credit Suisse Exec
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In a surprise move, UBS replaced its chief executive with the former chief executive of Credit Suisse, Oswald Grubel.
Adhesion’s New UMA Platform Emphasizes Transparency and Paperless workflow
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Some advisors until now have resisted UMAs due to their inability to evaluate and report on the performance of individual managers, according to Adhesion.
Broker-Owned Dark Pools Grab Market Share
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Traditional block crossing networks lost volume to the algo-friendly broker- and market maker-owned dark pools in 2008.
Volatility Shakes Up Block Trading
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Amid the current market uncertainty, buy-side traders are rethinking their use of block crossing networks, instead slicing up orders to minimize the risk posed by volatile prices and leaning on the expertise of sales traders.
Calming the Fears, Calming the Markets
Calming the Fears, Calming the Markets
Wall Street & Technology Videos  |  2/26/2009  | 
Wall Street & Technology's Greg MacSweeney speaks with Larry Tabb about Obama's speech, the future of the markets and when spending will return.
Calypso Aquires Galapagos
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Galapagos platform to bolster Calypso's front office analytics and risk management offerings
NYSE Liffe US Completes Upgrade to Liffe Connect Platform
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
U.S. electronic futures market also migrates to Chicago-based data center.
Man Group Manages Virtual Sprawl Using DynamicOps
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Alternative investment firm using one software console to manage virtual machines from Citrix, VMWare, Microsoft, Linux and others.
Calypso Acquires Galapagos Portfolio Platform
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Portfolio construction and management platform to bolster Calypso's front office analytics and risk management offerings.
Fidessa Grows Asia-Pacific Operations
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Fidessa is beefing up its Asia-Pacific operations with new hires and the opening of a larger regional headquarters in Hong Kong.
Did One Math Formula Cause The Financial Crisis?
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
When math wizard David X. Li invented a formula to price collateral debt obligations, many on Wall Street adopted it. But now this formula is being blamed for the collapse of the financial sector.
Fidelity to Build New Midtown NY Trading Floor, Hiring
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Fidelity Capital Markets is bucking the downsizing trend by hiring staff for a new trading floor.
Did 20/20 Invade Madoff's Privacy?
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Friday night, ABC's 20/20 aired an investigative report on Bernard Madoff that showed the former financier under house arrest in his luxurious apartment working on his Apple Macintosh computer and drinking a beer.
Rethinking Market Regulation
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Over the years, regulators and legislators have tinkered with the markets, making it virtually impossible to raise capital, says Larry Tabb.
Endace and Correlix Partner for Latency Monitoring
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Joint solution said to provide end-to-end monitoring of complex multi-vendor trading infrastructures.
Wall Street to Fight Proposed .25% Tax on Executions to Pay for Bailout
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Proposed .25% tax on executions has stirred Wall Street to act in opposition.
Markit Launches First Multi-Dealer Valuations Platform
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Markit is launching the platform with six banks - Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and UBS - and expects to add additional participating banks over the coming months.
Thomson Reuters Hires Siddiqui As Head of Islamic Finance
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Taps former Dow Jones Index executive to grow the business in this sector.
Why Are We Letting the Shorts Kill the Market?
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
Remember the bullies in the school yard, all picking on a defenseless youngster. They all piled on and took shots at hurting the kid. That’s what’s happening on Wall Street.
VMware, Intel Collaborating on Remote Virtual Desktop Management
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Tools to let IT manage and fix virtual desktops and laptops remotely, even if they're turned off or have crashed, should be available in the second quarter of this year.
Seasons Capital Management Enhances Risk Management with Imagine Software
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Calculating and analyzing intra-day risk considered important to Seasons Capital's success.
ClariFI Announces Availability of Barra Optimizer on ModelStation
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
This eliminates the need to manually move data between the two products, giving portfolio managers greater flexibility to research, test, and implement new investment strategies, according to ClariFI.
Seasons Capital Management Chooses Imagine Software's Derivatives.com
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Hedge fund moves off of in-house spreadsheet applications to obtain real-time risk controls.
Mixit Connects to LeveL
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
EuroCCP To Begin Clearing Trades For Spanish Market
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Clearing volumes reflect rise in trades on the Turquose platform.
PLUS Markets Chooses NETbuilder for Market Analysis
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
PLUS Markets Chooses NETbuilder to Support Trading Volume Increase
Corvil to Provide BT with Network Latency Management within Global Capital Markets
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Joint solution allows greater transparency of network latency challenges faced by financial institutions.
Skyler Appoints Global Products Director
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Skyler Technology, an provider of ultra-low latency market data solutions, has hired industry veteran, Mark Ford to its management team
Retail Financial Services Firms Must Adapt to Changing Landscape
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
With investors' trust shaken, firms need new approaches to working with wealth management clients, says Accenture's Mark Halverson.
FirstRain Adds Fixed Income Research to Its Web Search/Report Offerings
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Service searches the web for indicators of defaults and downgrade risks that can affect bond value.
Firms Must Prepare for GIPS To Become Mandatory Reporting Standard
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
For firms to be compliant, investment managers will need to ensure their systems are up to snuff, or invest in upgrades or new systems, Aite says in a new report.
Nasdaq OMX Unveils A European Government Relief Index
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Benchmark tracks the performance of European companies participating in government sponsored relief programs.
How to Transform the SEC Into a '21st-Century Regulator'
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The Bernard Madoff scandal and the credit crisis have highlighted the need for major changes at the SEC.
SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro Outlines Priorities
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Charged with transforming the SEC into a '21st-century regulator,' Schapiro says, 'The crisis facing our capital markets will require aggressive and timely action.'
U.S. Banks By Far Most Targeted in Global Phishing Attacks
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
Overall, phishing attacks rise 66% around the world in 2008, according to new RSA report.
http://www.ddj.com/go-parallel/blog/archives/2008/12/test_1.html
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
New service said to enable derivatives dealers to post only their net obligations, reducing their gross collateral requirements.
Fixnetix to Provide Direct Data Feed From JSE
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
South Africa's leading exchange taps low-latency technology to distribute its data.
Fixnetix to Offer Low-Latency Data Feed to JSE
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The low latency feed from Fixnetix will ensure access to market data from South Africa's only full service securities exchange.
TGIF: Credit Crunch Cereal; New Surprises on the Madoff Victim List
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
A breakfast cereal to beat the recession blues; new victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme come to light; alternative uses for cell phones. Credit Crunch Cereal To start your day off right with the crunchy goodness of Credit Crunch cereal.
SEC Appoints Robert Khuzami Its New Top Cop
News  |  2/19/2009  | 
Tough former New York Southern District prosecutor promises to "relentlessly pursue and bring to justice those whose misconduct infects our markets, corrodes investor confidence and has caused so much financial suffering."
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