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A Wild Ride Comes to an End
Commentary  |  1/27/2015  | 
Covering the financial services technology space for the past 15 years has been a thrilling ride with many ups as downs.
The End of an Era: Farewell to an Icon
Commentary  |  1/27/2015  | 
After more than two decades of writing for Wall Street & Technology, I am leaving the media brand. It's time to reflect on our mutual history and the road ahead.
Beyond Bitcoin: Why Counterparty Has Won Support From Overstock's Chairman
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
The combined excitement over the currency and the Blockchain has kept the market capitalization above $4 billion for more than a year. This has attracted both imitators and innovators.
Asset Managers Set Sights on Defragmenting Back-Office Data
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
Defragmenting back-office data and technology will be a top focus for asset managers in 2015.
4 Mobile Security Predictions for 2015
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
As we look ahead, mobility is the perfect breeding ground for attacks in 2015.
How to Talk to Your Board About Stress Testing
Commentary  |  1/7/2015  | 
A meaningful report describing risks uncovered from a bank's stress-testing efforts empowers its board to assess current and potential risks within the loan portfolio.
Financial Data Supply Chain, Part 2: Integration as the Ultimate Weapon
Commentary  |  1/7/2015  | 
An integrated financial data supply chain creates efficiencies through automation, openness, standards, and communication across the data supply chain from source to use, rather than simply passing data on and out of sight.
How Fraud & Cyber Security Will Evolve in 2015
Commentary  |  1/6/2015  | 
Banks need to implement new security measures and tactics, and fraudsters are sure to respond by changing their operations.
Bitcoin Taxation: A Gift From the IRS & the Coffee Problem
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Every bitcoin transaction requires a gain or loss calculation between acquired cost basis and the amount it was sold for. This is no problem for large blocks, but on everyday purchases, a gain or loss calculation on every $1.79 cup of coffee is a lot of calculating.
Financial Data Supply Chain, Part 1: A Common Foe Requires a Common Language
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Many national financial markets have developed unique standards for how transactions, instruments, and entities are classified. As an inevitable result, things get lost in translation.
2014 in Review: Looking Back at a Year in Risk
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
Although the financial markets escaped having a rogue trading incident, 2014 brought a host of incidents ranging from cyber security and FX rigging to anti-money laundering and insider trading.
Improving Performance Measurement for Asset Managers
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
It's critical that firms view performance data in the same way they view accounting data and their investment book of record. Effectively, firms should be looking to develop a performance book of record.
2015 Prediction: FinServ & Regulators Will See Opportunity in Internet of Things
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
The Internet of Things still seems a bit foreign to capital markets, but next year may be the start of conversations, investment, and regulations on how firms can incorporate the world of sensor data.
Bitcoin: 4 Factors Holding the Banks at Bay
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
For a number of reasons, major banks haven't seized the opportunity to get involved with bitcoin. Banks like to participate in size, compliance has restrictions, and bosses don't understand it. But these hurdles will be overcome in 2015.
5 Tips On How To Prepare For A Data Breach
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
If you are a financial institution your cyber security defenses will be breached -- again and again. Here are five tips to respond quickly and minimize damage.
Wall Street CIOs Have a Vendor Management Problem
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
If Wall Street CIOs want to stay ahead of competition and ensure high-speed trading software doesn't start the next flash crash, they need better insight into vendor delivered software.
Technology Innovation Returns to Financial Services
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
Capital Markets Outlook 2015: Following a few years dominated by regulatory compliance and cost saving technology initiatives, financial organizations are finally investing in innovative technology and tools.
Voice Biometrics Improve Transaction Monitoring Fraud Detection
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Why voice biometrics should be a part of your fraud prevention strategy in the call center.
Fintech Fast Forward 2015
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
What will shape the future of Fintech in 2015 and beyond?
Look Deeper at Business Connections
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
When a business person or practice crosses the line, what should a professional do?
Big-Data Analytics & Cloud: The Perfect Storm
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
Most signs are pointing to a big increase in investment in big-data analytics and cloud in the coming year.
Verifying Behavior, Not Input, to Detect Sophisticated Attacks
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
Understanding how users interact with the touch points with biometric information is an increasingly important part of digital security.
9 Reasons Cloud Security Will Advance in 2015
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
The CEO and CISO become BFFs, and other cloud security predictions for 2015.
QA & Testing Budgets Are Rising for Financial Services Firms
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
Research finds IT budget allocation for application quality has grown from 18% to 26% between 2012 and 2014.
Boardrooms Are a Critical Line of Defense for Cybersecurity Preparation
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
Directors who are familiar with their company’s IT department are better able to determine whether the team is equipped to effectively address cybersecurity.
Neglecting SAP Security Could Cost $22M Per Minute
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
SAP systems has grown in complexity, making it difficult but essential to secure the interconnected parts.
Key Trends in Using FIX for Execution Transparency
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
Can the buy side really use the information it's requesting from the sell side for execution transparency?
How Much Does My FX Trading Cost?
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
The expansion of platforms for trading exacerbates the challenge of understanding where the true market for an instrument stands and how to execute the trade to achieve the lowest total transaction cost.
5 Common Misconceptions About BYOD
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
These are the five most common myths about BYOD, according to Vox Mobile's Andrew Bisesi.
The OFR’s Latest: 'C Is for Credit'
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
The Office of Financial Research has issued its annual report to Congress. Most alarming: Credit risk has increased unabated.
Telemetry & the Trader: Transforming Technology Performance
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
As telemetry becomes available to the trading community, Daljit Bhartt at ITG looks at its potential to revolutionize the way performance is measured.
MiFID2: Filling in the Gaps
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
The final rules and technical specifications for MiFID2 are still being ironed out. Here's what you need to know now about the pending rules changes.
The Digital Trends for Data-Driven Markets in 2015 & Beyond
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Top marketing trends for social, mobile, advertising, and digital analytics, according to Teradata's Michael Lummus
Understanding Agricultural Data Means Standing in the Field
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
Combining the best of new technology with good, old-fashioned walk-the-fields crop tours turns information into insight.
Do-It-Yourself Flash Crash Preventer Kit
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Home Depot became the latest Flash Crash poster child in late November with a 10% plunge in its share price, which momentarily wiped $12 billion off of the DIY store’s value.
SEC Examinations: What to Expect When the SEC Is on Its Way
Commentary  |  11/26/2014  | 
Theodore Eichenlaub highlights trends in SEC expectations and how to approach a risk assessment of your compliance program.
The Value of Predictive Analytics in Financial Services
Commentary  |  11/26/2014  | 
Risk management and customer data are two key areas where data analytics is being applied in financial services.
Moving the Trader Closer to the Investment Process
Commentary  |  11/25/2014  | 
The sell side can demonstrate more value by applying analytics to pre- and post-trading, and by educating buy-side clients about broker segmentation, trading behavior and algorithm shortcomings, and more.
Wirehouses May See More Independent BDs as Retention Packages Expire
Commentary  |  11/25/2014  | 
Retention bonuses are expiring, leaving brokerages vulnerable to attrition. Is access to technology making it easier for brokers to go independent?
SCI: A Whale of a Regulation
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
The SEC's Reg SCI weights in at a whopping 742 pages. Here is what you need to know about the oversized regulation.
One Size Fits Nobody in End User Services
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
How building profiles from employees' roles and behaviors can help optimize your end user services.
'Enlightened' Non-IT Execs More Likely To Run Secure Organization
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
Do senior executives understand their role in data security? On the whole, unsurprisingly, no.
No Screwups, Please, We’re Banks
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
Changing a bank's culture is not going to happen overnight, but having the right tools and levers in house will surely make a big difference over time.
You’re Doing BYOD Wrong: These Numbers Prove It
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
Almost 40% of users who connect personal mobile devices to corporate networks have no lock-screen mechanism set in place.
Citibank Brazil Deploys Award-Winning BPM Solution: Now What?
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
Citibank Brazil automated commercial customer onboarding and reduced cycle time by 70%. But how can a global organization harness the successes of its islands of solutions?
The Focus on Data Security Shapes 2015 Hedge Fund Tech Trends
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
With tougher penalties associated with exposure of client information on the horizon, firms will need to examine the steps they must take to protect this data from attack.
Stop Using Spreadsheets for Disclosure Management, Says Linedata
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
The rules for aggregating and calculating disclosures vary tremendously across global jurisdictions, getting well ahead of traditional approaches. Interest in automated solutions rises.
Aequitas Approved: Canadian Regs Green-Light Anti-Predatory HFT Exchange
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
The newly approved Aequitas exchange wants to correct unfair advantages given to HFTs over retail investors. Competition had prompted TMX Group to plan a similarly minded relaunch of the Alpha exchange. But is the devil in the details?
Risk Aversion: The Biggest Innovation Obstacle
Commentary  |  11/14/2014  | 
Fear of risk is the biggest factor holding financial services organizations back from innovating.
The Newfound Popularity of Exchanges Raises the Bar for ERM
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Regulators have looked to exchanges with their CCP clearing arms as solutions to the financial crisis. However, ERM practices at exchanges have historically been an afterthought.
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