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Content posted in April 2010
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High-Frequency Trading Firms Step Out of the Shadows
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
In response to an SEC concept release, high-frequency trading firms are providing the regulator with an unprecedented inside look into their strategies.
Tbricks Opens London Office To Serve Low-Latency Trading Market
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Focus is on specific needs of London-based proprietary trading desks and hedge funds.
TGIF: What The Senate Really Wanted To Ask Goldman Sachs
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
In this video clip from the Daily Show, Jon Stewart jokes that Goldman banker Fabrice Tourre, the self-described Fabulous Fab, has already picked his prison nickname, and that Senators at the hearing probably only really wanted Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein to answer one question..."Are You Hiring?"
Vietnam's Techcombank Adopts Bloomberg Trade Order Management System
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Techcombank is the first financial institution in Vietnam to adopt an automated front- and middle-office treasury solution.
BOX Sets Date for New Operations Platform Launch
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Boston Options Exchange Group (BOX) will launch its new high-capacity operations platform on May 10.
Wall Street Buzzes about Goldman's Senate Testimony
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
After their public grilling by U.S. senators, how did Goldman Sachs executives fare at the hearing on Capitol Hill?
TriOptima Posts First Report on Global OTC Derivatives IT TRR
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
TriOptima has posted the first public reports for the OTC derivatives interest rate swap market on the Global OTC Derivatives Interest Rate Trade Reporting Repository (IR TRR) Web page.
J.P. Morgan To Acquire Private Equity Administration Services Business Of Schroders
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Based in Guernsey and Bermuda, the private equity administration services business currently has $6.2 billion in committed capital under administration.
Study: HFT Benefits Traditional Trader
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
A new report by Woodbine Associates, finds that high-frequency trading in general has improved execution quality and reduced volatility, enabling the more traditional investment trader to benefit from reduced execution costs and increased alpha preservation.
ITG Invests in Independent Research Firm Disclosure Insight
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
ITG becomes exclusive distributor of Disclosure Insight research to large institutional investors.
Gain Capital Launches Forex.com in Australia
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Forex.com online trading platform is now available to clients in Australia, New Zeaand and wider Asia-Pacific region.
The Ultimate Way to Compare Risk Models: "Out of Sample Back-Testing"
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
How should firms make sensible choices, when choosing between different risk models?
The Myth of the Rational Market
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
For years, it has been accepted as a fact that collectively, the markets act rationally over time. However, history and almost all new research point out that people are, by nature, irrational.
Smalley to Head Fidessa U.S. Business Development
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Fidessa has appointed Dan Smalley as head of enterprise business development in the U.S.
CSS Launches Service Bureau Solution for Securities Industry
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The enterprise-wide brokerage software system is designed for processing of front-, middle- and back-office securities transactions.
Financial Reform: A Colossal Failure of Leadership
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
The leaders of the financial industry are largely to blame for accelerating the financial crisis and bringing on the regulatory changes that it now faces.
Global CIO: Global Banks Form Consortium To Counter HP, IBM, & Oracle
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
My colleague Bob Evans over at InformationWeek's Global CIO is reporting that three big banks -- ok, huge banks -- will band together to develop a secure financial services-specific cloud infrastructure so they don't have to rely on services and technology from HP, Oracle, IBM an
Is Wall Street Really Different Post Lehman?
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The Dow is set to erase all losses since the financial crisis started. Has anything really changed?
Deutsche Borse Launches New Historical Data Product For Eurex And Xetra
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Un-netted market data serves as an input to develop algorithms and verify and optimize existing strategies.
Deutsche Borse Launches Data Products for Algo Trading
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The historical data products from Eurex and Xetra are tailored to the needs of algorithmic traders.
GETCO's Arrival on the NYSE Floor Raises Tensions on the Buy Side
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Tensions are mounting as GETCO's arrival on the NYSE floor as a designated market maker raises buy-side concerns about interacting with a high-frequency trading firm.
Pragma Launches Adaptive Overlays for Algos
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Pragma Securities has released its Adaptive Overlays suite of controls for enhanced customization and control over trading algorithmic strategies in various market conditions.
Winterflood Securities choses IFS LiquidMetrix for Best Ex Analysis
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
UK broker uses the Liquidmetrix platform to independently verify the quality of its execution services for clients.
Panopticon Releases Data Visualization Tools for Real-Time Message Queues and CEP Data Streams
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Panopticon's visual analysis software is used across the trading life cycle, from investment research, pre-trade analytics, trading (including basket trading), post trade, and real-time market risk monitoring.
Toro Trading Selects Orc for Options Market Making on CCFE
News  |  4/26/2010  | 
Options market maker Toro Trading intends to use Orc's platform for connectivity to Chicago Climate Futures Exchange.
TGIF: The Promotion
News  |  4/23/2010  | 
In this scene from NBC's The Office, employees compare Michael and Jim's managing styles and decide which one they prefer...
Interest Rate Swaps Market Sees Rise In Electronic Trading
News  |  4/23/2010  | 
The post-trade services market value in the interest rate swaps (IRS) space is expected to skyrocket from US$200 million in 2009 to US$500 million in 2012, according to a new report from Celent.
Linedata Services Unveils Touchscreen Trading In LongView
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Touchscreen offers faster, more intuitive way to access markets, Linedata says.
Obama Visits Wall Street, With Goldman Case As Backdrop
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
After a week of anger inflamed by the SEC's case against Goldman Sachs, President Obama is taking his message to Wall Street today on the need to limit risk and push for financial reform.
Touch Screen Trading Launched Within LongView OMS
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Linedata Services' LongView trade order management system (OMS) now offers touch screen trading functionality.
Nomura Releases New Algo
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Nomura Securities International has released SmartSeek, a new tactical trading algorithm for trading in both lit and dark markets.
Broadridge Develops Solution Connecting Brokers to Omgeo Central Trade Manager
News  |  4/22/2010  | 
Enables brokers to take advantage of event-based "push" functionality recently added to Omgeo CTM for timely notification of trade statuses.
Savvis to Deploy CorvilClear Across Global Network
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Savvis to roll out CorvilClear to equity, futures, options and FX venues in the U.S. and Europe for latency and connectivity monitoring between clients and venues.
Verizon Expands Financial Services Network to Europe
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
Dedicated trading infrastructure offers managed connectivity and an interface to various financial market centers and data providers.
MF Global FXA Goes Live with Fidessa for Japanese Equities
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
MF Global FXA picks Fidessa's hosted Japanese trading platform as it expands into Japanese equities research and routing of client orders.
RealTick Enhances Options Functionality
News  |  4/21/2010  | 
RealTick has expanded its options functionality with advanced execution capabilities and tools for trading in European, Asian and U.S. markets.
New iPhone 4GS Prototype Found In Bar
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
Images of the next version of Apple's iPhone have hit the web, and if the photos are real, it looks like the popular gadget will be getting a camera in front that can be used for video conferencing, as well as longer battery life and a clearer display.
04.20.10 Predictive Analytics Hit The Back Office
04.20.10 Predictive Analytics Hit The Back Office
Wall Street & Technology Videos  |  4/20/2010  | 
In this video clip, Larry Tabb, founder and CEO of TABB Group, talks about how predictive analytics are becoming increasingly popular in the back office, though their use raises significant data and infrastructure challenges.
Sophis Releases Scalable Contribution Platform For Derivatives And Structured Products
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
The module is designed to support stringent requirements in pricing and publishing for secondary market making and gives traders the capability to be active across a wide range of instruments such as equity and credit linked notes, convertible bonds, warrants and cross-asset structured products.
UBS Connects to MarketPrizm
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
UBS will connect to Chi-X Global Technology's MarketPrizm pan-European trading infrastructure in support of the firm’s Direct Execution ultra-low latency market access and co-location services.
Thomson Reuters Launches Next Gen Network
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
In an effort to boost trading and data speeds, Thomson Reuters has launched its new Elektron next generation aggregated data network.
Knight Unveils Oasis Algorithm for European Equities
News  |  4/20/2010  | 
New algorithm sources liquidity in small-and mid-cap stocks in thin and difficult-to-trade names for European equities.
Nomura Enhances Asia-Pacific Trading
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
Nomura has enhanced its Asia-Pacific algorithmic trading platform with several new execution strategies and has also co-located its TactEx strategy for Japan on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).
ExpertRiver Brings Out New Market Data Feed
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
Harnesses the wisdom of the investment crowd to predict whether the trend of an instrument's price is going up or down.
ALGO Technologies Unveils Fastest-Ever Exchange/MTF Matching Engine
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
The new trading system - named ALGO M2 - has an external round-trip latency of just 16 microseconds measured from customers sending orders and receiving an acknowledgment or trades.
SunGard Launches Valdi Trading Solution for U.S. Brokers
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
SunGard integrates new and existing services under Valdi brand, pitching a single solution to sell-side customers.
Nasdaq OMX Puts Focus On Video
News  |  4/19/2010  | 
New services include live video webcasting for earning calls, full-day analyst conferences, CEO vignettes and corporate profiles.
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