January 11, 2010 Issue Abstract

 

Operations & Technology Trends: Demands for Transparency, Timely Reporting Tests Investment Firms as Portfolio Complexity Increases. After the nerve-wracking market turbulence of the past three years, risk management and infrastructure improvements continue to be works in progress, but customer support and transparency are now top of mind for investment managers’ IT projects for 2010.

Industry Alert: IT Pressures Forcing Wall Street to Seek Efficiencies. Instead of adding more hardware to complement the 93,000 servers already supporting US equities trading, leveraging virtualization for systems efficiencies and improving work processes is the new mantra, reports The Tabb Group.

Editor’s Comment: The Way Forward. America is an egalitarian country, and it must continue to mold an egalitarian financial marketplace that sets an example for the rest of the world. Not to curb the misuses of technology will work to the detriment of the entire capital markets system and erode credibility, writes Editor in Chief Pavan Sahgal.

Spotlight: Anna Ewing, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, NASDAQ OMX. Performance, capacity, latency and reliability are four key areas that must work together in trading technology innovation.

Foreign Exchange Trading: FXall Seeks to Heat Up the Competition With LavaFX. The challenge before the company is to leverage successfully the 25-member- strong intellectual capital it gains from the purchase of LavaFX from Citi.

Business Strategies: SS&C Taps Sell Side With Tradeware Global Deal. The firm’s 28th acquisition brings the sell side into its fold with FIX-based broker-dealer technology solutions.

 

   
     

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