December 12, 2005 Issue Abstract


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Risk Management: Investment Managers Seek to Buttress IT Support For Credit Derivatives, Absolute Return Strategies. Asset managers are placing increasingly more importance on improving risk management techniques, not for regulatory reasons, but in their quest to fine-tune investment products by adding absolute-return offerings.


Industry Alert: Joint NYSE, Nasdaq Oversight Could Save $100 Million. As the New York Stock Exchange and The Nasdaq Stock Market prepare for new market structures, they are also considering what changes should be made to their self-regulatory organizations.


Spotlight: Jeffrey Tessler, Chief Executive Officer, Clearstream International.


Technology Strategies: Common Services Architecture Boosts SunGard Strategy. Major software and processing solutions provider SunGard has launched an initiative with the twofold benefits of improving its own software development process and consolidating the range of functions it offers under a common architecture that will be easier for users to grasp.


Clearance & Settlement: O’Connor Deal Strengthens Fortis as a Global Clearer. Global financial services provider Fortis aims to get a better footing in the US clearing business with its plans to acquire Chicago-based O’Connor & Company LLC, a clearing service firm serving US equity, futures and options markets.


The News Network: ITG Adds Fixed-Income Capability to Transition Services; Electronic Specialist Links to Instinet Crossing Platform; GFI, ICAP, Tullett Prebon Unite on Derivatives Check-Out; Euronext, Borsa Italiana Complete Acquisition of MTS.


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