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Treasure Hunting in the 21st Century: Seeking Alpha in the Infinite Ocean of Data

July 27, 2015 by WorldQuant   Comments (0)           

By Igor Tulchinsky
Many investors rely on traditional research to drive their investment decisions, diving deep into the financial histories and management practices of a relatively small number of companies. As long as such research is able to derive unique insight/an advantage, the best practitioners of this rigorous, time-tested and time-intensive discipline will continue to earn above-market returns.
But by some estimates, seventy percent of total trade volume is now driven and executed...

How financial firms can reap the benefits of the cloud

July 16, 2015 by The Trading Mesh   Comments (0)           

On 2nd July 2015, The Realization Group, together with Adaptive Consulting, hosted a round table based on the recent Financial Markets Insights report entitled “Adventures in the Cloud – From Capex to Opex & Beyond”. Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group facilitated a discussion about both the opportunities and the challenges for financial firms looking to embrace cloud and in particular, emerging microservices technology. 
John Marks, Director at Adaptive...

A New Approach to AML

July 15, 2015 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
Earlier this year, the European Commission adopted its proposal for a Fourth Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive. In the words of  Věra Jourová, the EU's Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, “The new anti-money laundering rules adopted today will help us follow the money and crack down on money laundering and terrorist financing."
However, in order to actually “follow the money”, banks and other financial service...

Let's look towards technology to create a fair and effective marketplace

July 8, 2015 by Fixnetix   Comments (0)           

Written by Jack Davis, Marketing Executive at Fixnetix. 
On the 10th of June George Osbourne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, proclaimed that in the past the banks had been “part of the problem” but that going forward they were now to be “part of the solution”. The speech, given by Osbourne at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, was of course echoing the language and vision of the Fair and Effective Markets Review, a joint report issued by the Bank of England (BoE),...

We must all reduce costs! (but at what cost?)

July 6, 2015 by Celoxica   Comments (0)           

By Lee Staines

Another week, another tier one bank announcing large redundancies. Another day, another article about how client service is king and therefore must be improved, but at a lower price point. Another meeting, another demand for technology usage to be more efficient while total cost of ownership is reduced.

These are trying times indeed for technologists operating in the world of financial markets. IT directors are continuously pushed to reduce costs. While heads of business...

The Rise of the Non-Bank FCM

July 1, 2015 by Object Trading   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Object Trading blog, and is reproduced here with permission. By Steve Woodyatt

This originally appeared as an article in Futures and Options World on May 15 2015.

New Players Emerge as Banks Struggle With Strict Regulation
Decreased trading volumes, low interest rates, increased regulation and higher transaction costs have all but suffocated business models that have worked for years, even decades. Furthermore, higher...

Adventures in the Cloud: From Capex to Opex & Beyond

June 30, 2015 by The Trading Mesh   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group looks at how the cloud and the use of ‘microservices’ can transform operations for financial firms, bringing greater productivity and agility without sacrificing security. Mike hears from Matt Barrett & Olivier Deheurles of Adaptive Consulting, Jan Machacek & Martin Zapletal of Cake Solutions, Rob Bath of Digital Realty, Matthew Lempriere of Telstra Global Enterprise & Services and Ray Bricknell of...

Time to sort RFQs?

June 30, 2015 by Fidessa   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Fidessa blog, and is reproduced here with permission. By Steve Grob

I was reading my colleague’s blog today on RFQs and it looks like this could be another aspect to the slow motion car wreck otherwise known as MiFID II. The problem this time is that the regulators have completely redefined the whole RFQ model. Imagine I ring you up and ask you to make me an offer for a watch I am thinking of selling. Because we...

The real meaning of OTC

June 30, 2015 by Peter Fredriksson   Comments (0)           

By Peter Fredriksson, Baymarkets
For the past half-dozen years, the world’s over-the-counter (OTC) markets have had to adjust to a radically new regulatory environment. Ever since the Pittsburgh Declaration by Group of 20 leaders in 2009, which called for member countries to require trade reporting and tougher capital rules for OTC derivatives trades that weren’t centrally cleared, participants have been grappling with major uncertainties about what exactly the...