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Why Star Wars’ robots are deliberately annoying

July 21, 2017 by Charles Platt   Comments (0)           

The Star Wars universe is filled with annoying robots; they are terrible workers, nervous, inattentive and sloppy.
There is a good reason behind that. For George Lucas, it seems these flawed robots were created as a plot device to justify armies of human clones. Ironically, he had to give his robots “human” qualities to justify increasing headcount.
Back in the real world, the finance industry is not sold on cloning its employees to tackle productivity. Far from it; robo-advisors...

The low-latency route to a data-driven future

July 17, 2017 by Paul Abfalter   Comments (0)           

By Paul Abfalter, Director of OTT and Emerging Markets,Telstra

Finance today is increasingly driven by data, now regarded as the new ‘oil’ in our digital era. This has resulted in the proliferation of high-speed networks across the wider financial industry to support the fast transmission of data, enabling players and vendors to innovate, reach new markets, as well as strengthen their data capabilities to support business automation. Telstra’s Director of OTT and Emerging...

Targeting Asia: Developing an infrastructure strategy as liquidity moves east

July 11, 2017 by Matthew Lempriere   Comments (0)           

One of the truisms of financial markets is that liquidity begets liquidity. Market participants, justifiably, want to be where they know they have the best chance of buying or selling, particularly when conditions are stressed. So it stands to reason that both sell-side and buy-side players are taking a closer look at trading opportunities in the Asian region given data from the Bank for International Settlements suggests liquidity is on the rise in Asia’s foreign exchange markets, at a...

Round table report - Embedding AI & Machine Learning in Financial Services

July 10, 2017 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already embedded in tools, including anti-fraud systems, chatbots and security software. At some point in the future it will become so commonplace it will fade into the background, according to attendees at the roundtable ‘Naturally Intelligent’ held by Realization Group and Software AG on 7 June 2017. However, with regard to financial services, many impediments to operationalising AI must be addressed before ubiquity can be achieved.
Firstly, firms...

Network Innovation at the Speed of Light

July 10, 2017 by Isaac Rowley   Comments (0)           

If there’s one thing that the financial firms have learned the past few years, it’s the value of being nimble. Competition in the financial services sector has never been fiercer and demands on most companies’ networks have never been greater. As a result, trading firms need to be able to quickly adjust their strategies. The catalyst for a strategic shift may come from a range of factors, such as a new regulatory environment, sudden business opportunities or changing market...

Software Testing in Financial Services – is the price of success paid for in advance?

July 6, 2017 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this paper, Mike O’Hara and Dan Barnes of The Realization Group investigate the trends and dynamics that are reframing the way that testing is viewed and managed within financial services, in conversation with Sascha McDonald, Founding Director of; Graham Perry, Manager for the UK & Ireland at Neotys; Rob Jacobs, Director of Engineering Operations at Worldpay; Matt Roberts, Lead Consultant at Cake Solutions; and Darren Stocks, Head of Testing & Quality...

Achieving certainty of your Portfolio Risk Analytics with Open Protocol

June 28, 2017 by AQMetrics   Comments (0)           

By Ryan Kipp, Head of Sales Americas, AQMetrics
From rogue traders to hedge fund failures, Ponzi schemes to Madoff, it is little wonder that operational due diligence (ODD) has become such a vital component of the asset management industry. And with regulatory obligations only set to increase in the very near future, these evaluations will play a key role in improving transparency and accountability across the sector from investment managers to their investors. Yet, as many funds are...

Demystifying DEA

June 26, 2017 by Ollie Cadman   Comments (0)           

The following blog was originally published by Vela Trading Technologies and is reproduced here with permission
With less than 200 days to go until the implementation of MiFID II, the uncertainty surrounding direct electronic access (DEA) shows little sign of resolution. I recently attended a panel discussion on the topic at the IDX conference in London, at which a number of important issues were raised.
The concept of DEA, whereby a market participant directly accesses a...

Update: Generating Alpha with Earnings Date Revisions

June 23, 2017 by Deltix   Comments (0)           

By Stuart Farr, DeltixThis article originally appeared on the Deltix website at is reproduced here with permission.

Research Update
This study is an update of the research using data from Wall Street Horizon that we first published on our blog in November 2015. At that time, we had data from January 2006 to September 2015. Now we have data to March 2017. We continue to be impressed by the stability of the returns.
We showed our approach for this study in...

Data on demand: Preparing for the next regulatory challenge

June 20, 2017 by Napatech   Comments (0)           

On 1st June 2017, The Realization Group, together with technology provider Napatech, hosted a round table on the challenge of capturing, storing and accessing trading data. European markets are about to enter a new era:  MiFID II and related measures will require that market participants are able to provide much more data than ever before and regulators are expected to be more demanding in investigating suspicious or irregular trading. In the past, firms had to...