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SEC Vote Is Drama for the Masses, With No Happily Ever After
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
All of them hoped it would never come to this.
SEF Consolidation Likely as Volumes Slowly Increase
News  |  8/21/2014  | 
With 21 swap execution facilities, and slowly increasing volumes, the marketplace is perfect for consolidation.
Driving Information Security, From Silicon Valley to Detroit
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
As software interacts with more and more of our daily lives, technology providers may be liable for more damages than they have in the recent past.
Big Data's Challenge: Matching Business Needs With Technology
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
All those bits and bytes only add up to something when theyíre organized, arranged, and made coherent.
Single Source, Many Truths
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
If the data quality is not at fault, why then might departments reject the data? The answer is that there are two aspects to data quality: factual correctness and contextual correctness.
GTS's Sale of Microwave Network to TMX Group to BroadenAccess to Ultra-Fast Data
News  |  8/19/2014  | 
Microwave data networks are going mainstream, and will level the playing field for all investors to access critical market data, said CEO of GTS, which entered a deal to sell StrikeNet to TMX Group.
Predictions Come True as Regulators Swoop
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
While two out of the five capital markets predictions from July have already come true, let's hope that all five don't actually happen.
IBOR Before It Was "IBOR"
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
While its catchy new nomenclature and explosion in popularity has given the outside world an impression that it is novel, the same conversations about it were happening twenty years ago. So why then is IBOR the latest buzz word for firms today?
SEC Reforms: What Floating NAVs Mean for Money Market Funds & Accounting Software
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Money market accounts are a $2.6 trillion industry that impacts nearly every investor who parks cash, so a new SEC rule has major ramifications for a large number of investors.
No Rush to Upgrade OMSs Among Sell-Side Firms
News  |  8/18/2014  | 
A Tabb Group study finds general acceptance of outdated and inefficient OMS functionality and lower priority for tech refresh.
Flip Sides of the Same Coin: Compliance & Transparency
Commentary  |  8/15/2014  | 
The upheaval caused by the 2008 financial crisis continues to ripple outward, creating an unsettled environment that has disrupted traditional measures of trust.
IT Budgets Struggle With Data Growth, Survey Finds
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Data is growing exponentially and IT managers are worried about budgeting for future storage. More sustainable solutions must come from the business lines.
Are You a Career 'Exerciser' or 'Roadmapper'?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Almost all workers looks to improve their position and compensation. But certain individuals also look to provide added value to their employer. What type of employee are you?
Three Engagement Strategies That Pay It Forward in Finance
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
When you can leverage status, education, and big data to engage your customers, interactions not only become more frequent, but also more productive.
Growing Pains: Firms Strive for Business Intelligence Maturity
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
One significant obstacle to BI maturity is the prevalent tendency to report on activities reactively with after-the-fact analysis.
5 Priorities For Chief Data Officers
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
IBM says 25% of Fortune 500 firms now employ CDOs, yet many don't know how to structure the role. Research reveals five imperatives.
Eyeing the Full Wallet, Markit Integrates Commission Manager With Broker Vote
News  |  8/12/2014  | 
Buy-side firms want access to their full commission wallet so they can leverage the data in their broker vote software and factor in research related events, according to Markit.
A Guide to Physical Datacenter Security
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Datacenters are generally known to be extremely secure facilities. However, physical breaches do happen, and they sometimes occur very easily.
The 10 Hottest Cloud Apps on Wall Street
Slideshows  |  8/12/2014  | 
Your IT team may not have heard of them.
LEI + COU = GLEIS
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
The legal entity identifier (LEI) project has been off to a rough start. The newly installed board of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) intends to bring structure and guidance.
What Are the True Costs of Data Breaches?
News  |  8/10/2014  | 
The cost associated with data breaches extends far beyond just the information that was stolen.
London Stock Exchange Group's UnaVista Boosts Presence in North America
News  |  8/8/2014  | 
As banks and asset managers grapple with EMIR Phase II of European derivatives rules, LSEG's UnaVista emerges as a major player in post-trade, regulatory reporting.
8 Things You Probably Donít Know About BCBS 239
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervisionís rules for risk reporting are extensive and apply to more financial firms than just the global, systemically important banks.
Accurate Timestamps for Electronic Trading Are a Must
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
A debate has emerged with the SEC on the need to collect timestamps on multi-party electronic trading data. But what is sufficiently accurate? Is it seconds, milliseconds, microseconds, or nanoseconds?
Financial Service Employees Ranked 2nd-Riskiest Users of Cloud Services
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
Skyhigh Networks reports that financial services demonstrated some of the most risky behaviors among major industries.
The Execution Challenge
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
It's one thing for banks to encourage innovation and transformation, and it's quite another to execute successfully on these strategies.
In Like a Bull, Out Like a Bear
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
August is shaping up to be a difficult month in the markets, with bulls and bears each looking for a market direction.
Market Data Isn't Free Ė & Other Lessons FinTech Startups Learn the Hard Way
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Stephane Dubois shares market data advice for those looking to revolutionize financial technology.
Strong Recovery of Equity Trading Volumes on Global Exchanges
News  |  8/6/2014  | 
Statistics from the World Federation of Stock Exchanges show that equity trading volumes rose 10%, signaling a strong recovery for the first half of 2014.
FATCA: A US Regulation That's Having a Global Impact
Commentary  |  8/5/2014  | 
FATCA has raised the stakes for data quality and the need for "clean data."
Research & the Role of Big Data
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
How have technology and big data shaped the future of the independent research and agency broker partnerships?
Real-Time TCA for Decision Support & Transparency
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Can transaction cost analysis (TCA) evolve from a post-trade analysis tool to support for real-time decision making? ITG thinks so.
Trust & Commitment In Today's Financial Services Industry
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
We know that consumers don't trust financial services firms, but The Caring Recruiter points out that financial services industry employees don't even trust each other.
Managing Mobile Risk in the Cloud
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Firms should assess their apps and data being exposed to the cloud for the level of security, privacy robustness, and frequency of development updates they require.
What Will the Financial Back Office of Tomorrow Look Like?
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Asset managers are increasingly looking to automate their manual back office workflows. Confluence calls it the "back office revolution."
Quandl to Distribute Nasdaq OMX Index Data for Free
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Data portal Quandl forms its first partnership with Nasdaq OMX, providing global indexes to a younger generation of financial analysts.
Bankrolling Technical Debt: A Financierís Guide
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Technical debt represents the effort required to fix source code or application problems that put the business at risk.
Hedge Funds Face Compliance Hurdles of AIFMD
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
Alternative funds selling to European investors must meet ESMA's strict guidelines for trader reporting, risk controls, and valuations -- similar to SEC's Form PF.
Staying Ahead of the Game With Continuous Delivery
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
The need to develop better software faster is leading financial organizations to continuous delivery (CD), a practice pioneered by SaaS companies like Salesforce.
Tracking the True Technology Cost of Compliance, Regulation & Risk
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
In financial services, technology costs are rising rapidly while revenues are declining. This makes for a bad business recipe.
Shore Up Cyber Security Now
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Knowing that a data breach can and will happen at some point, asset management firms can manage new operational and regulatory risk with a layered approach to cyber security.
Reputational Risk Drives Social Media Processes
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
In a recent study, reputational risk exceeded compliance as the top concern for financial services organizations with respect to social media.
Is Big Data a Problem or an Opportunity?
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
When it comes to data, financial services firms are, as a rule, quite circumspect. They fear cyberattacks, data theft, data loss, security breaches, data privacy, and human error.
Data Analysis Startup Thinknum Raises $1M in Seed Round
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
The financial analysis platform is planning to launch a private platform for hedge funds seeking to keep their models private.
Hiring Trends: Wall Street Regulators in Demand
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
High-ranking government officials continue to leave the CFTC, landing lucrative industry jobs.
Data Integrity: A Necessity, Not an Option
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Financial institutions that have taken on the data integrity task in the past now have to spend more money on hardware, software, and people just to keep up with the demand.
What Colombiaís New IT Campaign Means for Latin American Tech Investment
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Colombiaís campaign is the latest example of how Latin America is trying to edge into the global technology space.
Barclays Disputes NY Attorney General's Dark Pool Allegations
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
Asking a court to dismiss the NYAG's lawsuit, Barclays contends that highly sophisticated traders were not misled about high-frequency traders in its dark pool.
Initial Margin: When Does More Turn Out to Be Less?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Changing margin regulations are set to affect the OTC derivative market, including initial margin risk models for non-cleared OTCs.
The Mainframe Innovation Drag
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
It may be time for a consortium of firms motivated around the objective of eliminating the mainframe. What if every self-clearing firm decided to participate in building a modern, back-office system as an open-source, cloud-based project?
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