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Generating Alpha Using IPO & Secondary Issue Data

March 10, 2016 by Deltix   Comments (0)           

By Stuart Farr, Deltix
The markets are currently in a risk averse state, at least in part as a consequence of rapidly-evolving geopolitical issues and slowing market growth in China. As a result, the IPO and secondaries markets slowed in late 2015 and have remained sluggish in the first quarter of 2016. Nonetheless, companies will still need access to the capital markets this year, even if it is not at a frenzied pace. 
Trading IPOs and Secondaries
Developing a strategy...

FinTech Ready to Disrupt Investment Banking

March 4, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

This year financial technology— fintech— firms will begin to target and invade big investment banks’ business models; taking on things like wealth management, private investment and small business lending. 
Since the credit crisis of 2008-2009, investment banks have spent much of their time and energy on regulatory compliance, leaving them “on the back foot” innovation-wise. 
“Faced with growing regulatory demands in recent years, investment in...

FinTech Bubble or Structural Shift?

February 26, 2016 by FinTech Influencers   Comments (0)           

The Global Warming in banking, Blockchain’s arrival and the Insurance Tech Boom.
Those were the headlines from the 4th meeting of The FinTech Influencers, an invitation only group of some of the leading names in UK Financial Technology. Designed to help drive innovation and growth in the UK, we have looked to debate the key trends and pressure points in the industry and build a community of collaboration.
The topic of this session’s conversation was “FinTech Bubble or...

Predictive Analytics Can Defeat Rogue & Insider Trading

February 26, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

It seems there is no end to new cases of market manipulation, as the latest scandal involving banks possibly rigging the $1.5 trillion government-sponsored bond market breaks in Europe. 
Regulators have been relentless in cracking down on financial services firms involved in insider trading and market manipulation, and financial services firms are going to great lengths to comply with new regulations. Yet, the scandals continue. 
Therefore, this year we will begin to see wider usage...

LSE & Deutsche Boerse Merger Talks

February 24, 2016 by Object Trading   Comments (0)           

By Steve Woodyatt
Whilst we can’t say if the LSE & Deutsche Boerse merger talks will be successful or not, and neither can we say that a merger would be good or bad for the market, we can understand what some of the effects might be. 
A possibly perceived benefit exists in providing efficiency opportunities for customers, which has been a key driver historically in exchange activities such as the LSE’s Curve initiative, the ICE acquisition of NYSE, and the...

The Financial Applications Hub: A high-performance app store for markets

February 23, 2016 by The Realization Group   Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group learn about a new initiative, one designed to help financial firms address an increasingly complex set of decision-making and development needs while at the same time allowing app builders and content providers to develop and market their offerings more effectively. The financial applications hub is designed to offer data, software, tools and other content in one place, enabling financial firms to deal efficiently...

In 2016, Capital Markets Pulling for Blockchain

February 17, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

Capital markets firms will stop thinking blockchain is something to be suspicious of and start to realize its enormous possibilities this year. 
Blockchain will soon evolve into “the” disruptive technology that will totally transform the banking system, eliminating the need for securities depositories and central clearing, and reducing settlements delays. 
Goldman Sachs jumped in late in 2015 by making a patent application for a cryptocurrency settlement system, called...

Assessing market data quality: Taking it to the next level

February 17, 2016 by Velocimetrics   Comments (0)           

By Shimrit Or, Senior Professional Services Consultant, Velocimetrics
 Assessing market data quality often splits into two levels.  At a basic level there is examining the quality of the channel itself, by which I mean looking at information to determine, for instance:
• What amount of bandwidth is my market data consuming?
• Am I experiencing microbursts?
• Do I have sequence gaps?
• Am I missing packets? 

Answering these questions allows us...

2016: Capital Markets Firms will be Buried in Data

February 11, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

This is the year when capital markets firms will have to get to grips with mountains of data; if they don’t get it under control, they will have one Big Data mess. 
And Big Data can only grow. Complex sets of data arising from requirements for reporting transactions, communications surveillance, risk management (BCBS239) and swaps data repository reporting will add to the fire hose of market and trade data coming from social media, emails, instant messages, news headlines, internal...

Getting MAD About Banking Culture and Market Abuse?

February 8, 2016 by Software AG   Comments (0)           

By Nigel Farmer
Despite recently shelving its plans for a thematic review into the relationship between banking culture and market abuse – a decision that surprised many people in the market - the whole area of culture and accepted practices within the banking sector is still a key area of focus and concern for the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). Its 2015-2016 business plan stated that “Poor culture and control continues to threaten market integrity”. And...