March 30, 2009 Issue Abstract

Hedge Funds: Operational Processes Confront Intense Scrutiny As Investors Push for Transparency, Risk Controls. Counterparty- and operational-risk considerations are driving major changes in post-trade processes supporting the activities of hedge funds in their ever-more-pressurized and squeezed sector, report prime brokerage services providers and hedge fund industry consultants.

Industry Alert: Industry Groups Offer Ideas for Post-Crisis Rules. Proposals for possible solutions to the financial crisis are being put forth both in the US and Europe by private and public sector groups, investment management associations, exchanges, consultants and the regulatory bodies themselves.

Spotlight: Eli Lederman, Chief Executive Officer, Turquoise. Turquoise, a leading multi-lateral trading facility backed by nine major global investment banks aims to differentiate itself with features such as its Dark Pool Aggregation Service and a midpoint match.

Investment Operations: Cosmos Recon Offers Buy-Side Middle-Office Solution. Cosmos Recon, an offering of Cosmos Technologies, a middle-office trade processing and compliance solutions provider, enabled FX Concepts to fully integrate its reconciliations with its back-office systems.

European Market Monitor: FESE Moves to Correlate Trading Data on MTFs, Exchanges. The Federation of European Securities Exchanges is attempting to address the need of investors and traders to determine the real strengths of competing exchanges and alternative trading venues, with regular European Equity Market Share reports.

Client Reporting: Financial Crisis Boosting Use of Standalone Solutions. The adoption of standalone client reporting systems continues to grow because of the sophistication and capabilities offered by these solutions at a time when financial institutions are putting greater emphasis on client service, according to research by Aite Group. 


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