5 Tips to Find Alpha in Your Infrastructure
From the flashy to the practical, financial firms looking to gain operational alpha from infrastructure face an overwhelming world of choices in terms of commercial and off-the-shelf offerings. Proper perspective, kill switches, and diagnostic tools can help.
Is FIX Protocol Use Declining?
FIX may be the dominant standard for buy-side to sell-side electronic trading around the world, but binary protocols such as OUCH have gained traction among high-speed traders. Now the rise of Bitcoin and crypto currencies is fueling the next stage of evolution.
STP: Half a Century of Unfulfilled Promises
Having gone so far with processing efficiency as the lead in the mantra of the STP vision, the industry is now seeking global standardization solutions to STP under the new mantra of mitigating global systemic risk.
Driving Competitive Advantage Through FX TCA
Accurate TCA for FX trading has proved more challenging than in equities, delaying its progress. But the benefits to trading strategies can't be ignored, and investors are already positioning FX TCA as a critical business function.
Market Data Gone Wild
While some people talk of a new ï¿½transaction tax,ï¿½ most ignore the hidden tax within the markets.
Does the PMO Create Value or Overhead?
The project management office model has been heralded as a way to reduce costs and restore sanity to technology projects. But do PMOs deliver value, or just get in the way?
Bridging the Business-IT Chasm
As the new digital reality transforms every part of the financial services business, IT and the business had better get on the same page.
Patriot Missiles for the Market
Financial services firms can control wanted behaviors in trading through analysis of fast, big data streams. So why can't these firms use the same technologies to detect unwanted behavior?
Motif Investing Enters Financial Advisor Market
After raising $35 million in a second funding round, the online site announced a platform for financial advisors along with plans to expand internationally and roll out asset allocation models to self-directed investors.
Stewardship of the Balance Sheet: Why Funding Matters
It may be time for a revival of securitizations — a practice once reviled in the aftermath of the financial crisis — but one that can help make banks’ funding more secure, writes David Renz of SunGard's Ambit Treasury Management solution.