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Content posted in March 2014
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In Data Security Battle, Banks Need a Slingshot to Fight the Hackers
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Large banks focused on securing firewalls find themselves outmatched by relatively tiny armies of hackers, writes Andrew Waxman of IBM's consulting practice.
Remembering the CrackBerry: BlackBerry Migration Survey
Slideshows  |  3/28/2014  | 
Two-thirds of CIOs believe end user satisfaction is more important than security.
Do Organizations of the Future Really Need a Chief Digital Officer?
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
Charging a single person with executing a digital strategy for the future could be a step in the wrong direction.
An FAQ on the Global-Shared Utility for Reference Data
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
As momentum builds for standardizing on a single set of reference data, Allan Grody of Financial Intergroup Holdings offers a primer on the new infrastructure being driven through the Financial Stability Board.
Data Standardization: No Longer a Luxury
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
AltExchange Alliance is working to create a universal, open and evolving definition for data formats.
Exclusive: IEX Hires Jay Fraser to Expand Relationships on Buy-and Sell-Sides
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
In a Q&A with Wall Street & Technology, Fraser talks about IEX's fair access model, buy-side ownership structure, broker neutrality and why it's different from other venues.
Estimize Launches Mergerize, Crowdsourcing for M&A
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Applying the crowdsourcing method to mergers and acquisitions, Mergerize looks to bring value to traders, quants, investment bankers, corporations and the virtual rumor mill.
OpenStack: Five Things Every Executive Needs to Know
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
Harnessing OpenStack's open source collaboration can accelerate an organization’s cloud vision. Here are the five rules of the road.
Advisors, Stop Posting Baby Pictures on Social Media
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
33% of advisors use social media for business purposes - but what presence and behaviors are actually important to investors?
Nasdaq OMX Blazed Datacenter Hosting Trail 10 Years Ago
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
Ten years ago Nasdaq OMX moved its matching engines and corporate technology to a Verizon datacenter. The decision turned heads in the financial services world. Today, the practice of utilizing third-party datacenter services is becoming commonplace.
High Frequency Trading: A Regulators' Burden
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
"The problem I see isn't necessarily HFT, it's about regulatory bodies needing to keep pace and in many cases ahead of the market place to police it effectively."
Citi Teams with Deltix on Integrated Algo-Trading Solution for FX
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
CitiFX TradeStream is partnering with Deltix to provide an integrated algo-trading solution hosted in the Equinix NY 4 data center, allowing traders to backtest their strategies against real-time streaming data.
Balancing Act: Software Quality Vs. Time To Market
News  |  3/24/2014  | 
Direct Edge has found that formalizing a software testing process with a third-party provider improves productivity, lowers costs and speeds time to market.
Tera Devises the First Bitcoin Swap Agreement
News  |  3/24/2014  | 
Terra, the operator of a U.S.-based swap execution facility, said it's critical for bitcoin market participants to have tools to hedge their price risk against any currency.
Agility and Preparedness for Change Tops Mobile Strategy Concerns
News  |  3/24/2014  | 
The ability to evolve within the mobile space is becoming the capability hardest to find and most in demand across financial services.
NY Attorney General Stirs Debate on HFT Perks
Slideshows  |  3/21/2014  | 
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office turns up the heat on high-frequency traders and their "unfair" advantages. Traders are fighting back.
CFTC Releases Request for Comment for Swaps Data Overhaul
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
To boost comprehensive reporting of swap-market data, the CFTC released a request for comment for improved solutions.
Fighting the $3.5 Trillion Fraud Problem
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
IBM launches new software and consulting services to help organizations use big data and analytics to reduce the costs of fraud and financial crime.
Fixing the Reference Data Problem
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
An industry/government regulated facility to collectively maintain and access reference data is the best way to lower costs, eliminate redundancies and control counterparty risk, writes Allan Grody of Financial Intergroup Holdings.
Volcker Rule Appendix B: What's Next?
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
The December Volcker rule enactment addresses the complex and nebulous area of proprietary trading, but one should expect amendments in the coming months.
33% of Hedge Funds Switched Service Providers in 2013
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
Dissatisfaction with quality of service is the most common reason cited by hedge funds for changing their fund administrators, according to a Preqin study.
Banks Are Boring on Social Media
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
A report from Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group polled consumers on their experience with financial institutions on social media.
3 Things You Can't Put Off On World Backup Day
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
A friendly PSA to backup files and test disaster recovery plans
Fidelity Investments Reduces Global Datacenter Footprint By 20%
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
Strategy reduces number of data facilities to 20 from over 80 just five years ago.
What's Behind Liquidnet's Acquisition of Vega-Chi
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
Drawing on its relationships with global asset managers, Liquidnet has acquired bond trading platform Vega-Chi to build an institutional size liquidity pool for corporate bonds.
LEI Definitions: Closer to a Common Data Specification
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
Working with disparate datasets is hard enough. To do it without a standard set of definitions is a nightmare.
Fidelity Labs Launches Investing App for Smartwatch
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Fidelity Watchapp for the Pebble Smartwatch tests the waters of wearable technology.
Attorney General Calls HFT Advantages "Insider Trading 2.0"
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wants to eliminate the "fundamentally unfair" advantages exclusively provided to high frequency trading firms.
Thomson Reuters Launches Block Trading Service, Tapping AutEx Network
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Thomson Reuters built Block Connect to enable sell-side firms to post natural block liquidity to their buy-side clients and meet their need for anonymity.
Market Correction Is Short Lived
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
The market correction in January was answered by a 4.0 percent gain by the Dow Jones Industrial Average in February. Will the markets see a traditional correction anytime soon?
DDoS Attacks Get Trickier, Traditional Defenses Fall Short
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Popular methods of defense from Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks have proven comically easily to circumvent.
Deutsche Borse Launches Notification Feed for Economic Indicators
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
The new AlphaFlash Risk Signal can help traders adjust their strategies and risk management systems in advance of an economic release.
FinTech Startups Benefit from Buy-Side Investment Trends
News  |  3/14/2014  | 
Cutting edge technology vendors have retargeted their products for the buy-side, a welcome change after years of stagnant technology spending.
Does NSA’s Tracfin Risk Lives?
Commentary  |  3/14/2014  | 
Financing is the Achilles heel of terrorist organizations, yet the NSA's Tracfin database doesn’t appear to be doing a very good job of it, argues Jonas Olsson, CEO of Graz.
What Is The Cloud, Anyway?
News  |  3/14/2014  | 
Since financial services firms have a high exposure to cloud-based services and applications, it's helpful to know what the cloud is and how it operates. This infographic helps with the basics of the cloud.
New Datacenter Strategies Are Flexible And Just-In-Time
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
Financial services IT shops are in the process of moving from fixed capacity datacenters to strategies that stress flexibility, responsiveness and, above all, lower costs.
What Did Deceased IT Exec Know About Madoff Ponzi Scheme?
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
A defense attorney suggested that Liz Weintraub, Madoff's deceased former head of IT, helped devise the deceptive code that enabled the Ponzi scheme, and not his clients, two ex-programmers.
Public Cloud Security Becoming Less of a Concern
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
The reluctance to adapt to public cloud may be a self-assessment of an IT team’s skill set.
Bank Of England Governor Grilled About FX Fixing Scandal
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
Governor voes to root out bank collusion and sharing of confidential deal information between dealers and customers.
7 Unusual Behaviors That Indicate Security Breaches
Slideshows  |  3/11/2014  | 
Breaches create outliers. Identifying anomalous activity can help keep firms in compliance and out of the headlines.
Tech Insight: How To Protect Against Attacks Via Your Third-Party Vendors
News  |  3/11/2014  | 
Third-party business connections often provide attackers easy, unfettered access to bigger, richer networks
Two Industry Experts Relaunch Market Structure Consulting Firm
News  |  3/11/2014  | 
Christopher Nagy teamed with Dave Lauer to relaunch KOR Group, focusing on data-backed research, while lobbying for more transparency in U.S. equities market structure.
Big Data: What's In It For The Customer?
Commentary  |  3/10/2014  | 
Effective use of big data will enable digital experiences to become more than a substitute for face-to-face transactions.
Central Bank Regulations: What You Need to Know Now
News  |  3/10/2014  | 
Recent regulatory changes should improve transparency and liquidity. But there remain a lot of uncertainties.
The Broken-Leadership Paradox
Commentary  |  3/10/2014  | 
Is every hire a special little snowflake? That uniqueness affects the social dynamics of high-performing leadership teams.
Thomson Reuters Sets Up Subsidiary to Beef Up Governance of Financial Benchmarks
News  |  3/10/2014  | 
Regulated by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority, the new subsidiary will house Thomson Reuters' portfolio of 160 global benchmarks, as it prepares for stricter global regulations.
Today's Cyber Security is a Game of Cat-and-Mouse
News  |  3/7/2014  | 
A new report from Deloitte suggest financial institutions need to rethink their approach to cyber security investments.
Cyber Risk Is World’s Third Corporate-Risk Priority
Slideshows  |  3/7/2014  | 
Financial services topped the list of 26 different industries that cyber criminals most targeted.
Why Bitcoin Won’t Die
News  |  3/7/2014  | 
Despite the headlines following Mt. Gox, Bitcoin is stronger and more resilient than it appears.
London Stock Exchange's MTS Agrees to Acquire Bonds.com
News  |  3/6/2014  | 
Seeking a foothold in U.S. fixed-income trading markets, Europe's MTS, struck a deal to acquire Bonds.com, an electronic platform for corporate and emerging market bonds.
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