November 14, 2005 Issue Abstract


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Buy-Side Technology Trends: Legacy Systems Challenge Asset Managers As Clients Push for High-Return Strategies. The key to solving asset management firms’ trading needs of tomorrow appears to lie in getting those needs solved outside the firm by removing in-house systems surrounding but not including the trading itself, and turning more often to outside solutions.


Industry Alert: New Soft-Dollar Rules Push Business Model Changes. The removal of order management systems (OMSs) from “safe harbor” provision of brokerage and research services that can be purchased using client commissions (or “soft dollars”) may not have a drastic effect on market operations, but will have a significant effect on some vendors.


Spotlight: James P. Donovan, Head of the Securities Industry Division, SWIFT.


Market Data: Savvis DDU Offers Firms a Worry-Free Ticker Plant. FTEN studied the pros and cons of building its own ticker plan, then turned to Savvis for its Data Delivery Utility.


Investment Operations Outsourcing: Benchmarking Outsourced Activities Is New Challenge. Outsourcing and offshoring are becoming an increasing part of the value proposition of investment firms as they seek a wide range of operational functions to complement complex trading strategies and new investment products.


The News Network: Orc Debuts Direct Connections With AMEX and PHLX; London Exchange to Double Exchange-Traded Funds; Charles River Interfaces With Yield Book Analytics; Options Clearing Corporation Surpasses 2004 Volume.


New Product Roundup: Advanced IT Solutions for Institutional Investors. Companies launching notable new offering in recent weeks include BNY Brokerage, Fundtech, ITG, Omgeo, Sophis, Sybase, TradePortal Securities, Trading Technologies, YJT Solutions.


Industry Initiatives: Bond Market Association Debuts Buy-Side Division. The Bond Market Association is inviting buy-side firms to join its representation of the interests of the debt and credit markets by becoming part of a newly founded Asset Managers Division.



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