News & Commentary
Content posted in March 2009
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EMoney Advisor Launches Enhanced Wealth Management Solutions
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Developed for financial advisors who provide all-inclusive planning for affluent and high net worth clients, the new version's enhancements include a framework for generating investment proposals monitored by predetermined thresholds that trigger an alert every time a policy control is exceeded.
Morgan Stanley Deploys Tool to Monitor Fixed-Income Trading Apps
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Morgan Stanley is using OpTier's CoreFirst software to monitor performance and find bottlenecks in institutional trading.
Broadridge, Beacon To Help Clients Find Fixed-Income Liquidity
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Trading clients allowed to pore over daily fixed-income securities transaction records.
What Will the G20 Meeting Accomplish?
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
As world leaders prepare for the G-20 summit, it's become clear that stimulus package increases won't be on the table.
ICAP Revenues Exceed 1.5 Billion British Pounds
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Interdealer broker sees opportunity to hire high quality people and acquire assets at attractive prices.
Watch Out for the Conficker Worm
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
CNET's Natali Del Conte shares tips with Maggie Rodriguez about the April 1 ''Conficker'' worm, which could steal financial information and other data from computers.
How Can Firms Comply With Regs, While Downsizing Their Compliance Department? (video)
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Companies are downsizing their operations as well as their headcount in internal audit and compliance. But they still need to comply with regulatory requirements, which are increasing.
Agora-X To Clear Through ClearPort
News  |  3/31/2009  | 
Agora-X Offers Clearing Through CME ClearPort for OTC Grain Swaps Negotiated On Electronic Platform.
Wall Street Inspired Its Nehalem Chip, Intel Says
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
New Xeon 5500-based servers said to provide 70% to 125% higher performance — including faster input and output of data — than the previous generation.
Vhayu Launches Velocity for TCA
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Vhayu launches velocity for transaction cost analysis to enable trading firms to conduct real-time TCA internally
Nomura to Distribute Algo Suite Through TradingScreen
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Model Ex, Nomura's execution suite, will be distributed by TradingScreen in Asia.
New Automated Data Feed Between Omgeo’s Crosscheck and DTCC
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
The link is designed to reduce operational risks in the over-the-counter (OTC) credit derivatives market by enabling market participants to align their portfolios with contract records maintained by the DTCC Warehouse.
Vhayu Launches Real-Time Transaction Cost Analyzer
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Velocity TCA provides benchmarks to measure and analyze performance on trades sent from any FIX-compliant EMS or OMS.
Orange Business Services Connects to Chi-X Europe
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Adds new liquidity pools to help customers meet best execution requirements under MiFID.
Geithner Responds to Krugman's Bank Bailout Critique
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner responds to Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's critique of President Obama's bank bailout with NBC's David Gregory on "Meet the Press."

Savvis Connects with Chi-X Canada and Turquoise MTF
News  |  3/30/2009  | 
Expands global footprint in response to demand for low-latency access to liquidity venues.
1st Discount Brokerage Selects Scivantage Maxit For Automated Cost Basis Reporting
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
The tax management and portfolio reporting capabilities can be integrated into 1DB's professional and online brokerage platforms.
SIFMA TMC Will Surprise
SIFMA TMC Will Surprise
Wall Street & Technology Videos  |  3/27/2009  | 
Despite all of the gloom in the press, attendees at this year’s SIFMA Technology Management Conference will discover a vibrant industry that is still buying technology and preparing for the future, says Larry Tabb, founder and CEO, Tabb Group.
Mashups Slowly Gain Traction on Wall Street
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
While adoption of mashups by capital markets firms has been slow, the technology promises to empower business users, improve information sharing, boost productivity and strengthen customer relationships -- if security concerns can be overcome.
Fiserv Launches Message WorkFlow Manager for Managed Accounts
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Centralized messaging solution is designed to enable operational efficiencies and cost savings.
BATS Exchange Cuts Fees
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
BATS reduces the rebate on trading stocks under $5 and lowers route fee to NYSE.
Obama Meets with Senior Bankers Today
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
WSJ.com is reporting that President Obama is expected to meet with several high profile bankers in Washington as he seeks to gain support for the latest plan to stabilize the financial sector.
South Park's Stan, Lex Luthor Ask for Government Bailouts
News  |  3/27/2009  | 
Stan in South Park and villain Lex Luthor apply for government bailouts, office workers visit the Twittersphere, a flight attendant tries a new way of presenting safety information, and a hamster eats popcorn on a piano. South Park's Stan Asks for a Government Bailout Stan finds out how Washington makes its handout decisions.
LiquidityHub Achieves 2 Millisecond Latency
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
New messaging middleware from Fiorano has enabled the U.K. fixed-income data provider to accelerate its streaming price updates.
CME Expands Views of Order Book Data
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Uses FIX/FAST protocol to transmit more data with less bandwidth.
Simplify Launches Hosted Managed Platform for Asset Management Industry
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
The platform provides hedge funds, funds of funds, pensions and administrators with capabilities for shareholder management, tax, private equity management, fund of funds portfolio management, and performance and attribution risk reporting.
Industry Needs One Regulatory Voice
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Aite Group analyst calls for merger between CFTC and SEC.
SWIFT CEO Joins XBRL Board
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
ISE Proposes Regulatory Reforms
News  |  3/26/2009  | 
Recommends risk-based regulatory framework to address regulatory gaps.
Hegarty to Leave TowerGroup for DTCC
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Robert Hegarty, managing director, Securities & Investments and Insurance at TowerGroup, is set to leave the research and advisory firm and join the DTCC as head of market structure.
Enterprise Mobility Investments Provide Big Payback
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Top-performing companies increased their investment in enterprise mobility by 19 percent over the past two years, fueling a 36 percent jump in employee productivity, according to Aberdeen Group.
E*Trade Accelerates Mobile Trading
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Upgrading from a basic WAP app to a thick client helped drive a 139 percent increase in daily average revenue trades.
Sendside Releases New Communications Solution for Hedge Fund and Brokerage Clients
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The new tool enables organizations to deliver important content in a secure multi-dimensional message combining web, audio, video and print content.
Madoff's Prison Number Wins NY Lottery
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
At least someone--other than the conman himself--- actually made money "investing in Madoff." The Daily News reported yesterday that a Queens construction worker used the swindler's prison number to play the lottery and won $1,500.
Equinix Hosts Algorithmic News Feed in Germany
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Need to Know News has launched its Lightning Bolt algorithmic news feed service for trading operations within Equinix's Frankfurt data center.
Burgundy Selects BT Radianz for Connectivity and Market Data
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
Nordic MTF says BT Radianz Market Infrastructure provides easy access to financial community and meets its delivery timetable.
Need to Know News Offers Algo News Feed
News  |  3/25/2009  | 
The service will be available to the community of financial trading companies currently operating within the center, including buy and sell side firms which rely on real-time news feeds to improve their trading operations.
Clearwater Analytics Releases New Tool for Private Wealth Investors
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
The solution provides visibility and transparency across multiple portfolios, asset classes, security types and currencies.
Are Those Assets 'Toxic,' 'Dodgy,' 'Devalued' or Just 'Legacy'?
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
There's a widening dichotomy in the way industry observers describe subprime-related financial instruments, such as those included in the financial rescue plan the Treasury Department announced yesterday: what some call "toxic," "troubled" or "dodgy" assets, others (such as the current Administration) refer to as simply "legacy" assets. They've certainly been suffering a liquidity problem and probably performance issues, but are these assets truly "toxic"? On the other hand, are they a gift, as
The Winter Of Our Discontent May Not Be Over
Commentary  |  3/24/2009  | 
In our zest to find scapegoats, many good people are being unfairly disparaged and reckless statements about our system are being bandied about.
Treasury Lacks Staff and Software To Run Toxic Asset Plan
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
The real work of implementing the plan is going to involve putting in some infrastructure and hiring professionals with expertise in pricing bank debt and complex mortgages.
Intel To Install SeaNet Latency Monitoring in its Low Latency Lab
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Clients such as Nomura will measure trading system latency using the SeaView tool.
NYSE Euronext Reduces Fees for Trading Pan-European Cash Markets
News  |  3/24/2009  | 
Integrated fee structure ties in with trading on NYSE Arca Europe and SmartPool.
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