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Content posted in February 2011
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Madoff's Calls From Jail
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The Ponzi scheme artist confesses his crime, but once again implicates the big banks and friends that fed him funds.
FlexTrade Launches FlexEdge Analytics Platform
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
FlexEdge provides short-term return forecasts across overnight and intraday time horizons, as well as intraday volume forecasts for use on the buy and sell sides.
Tech Glitches Strangle Exchanges
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
File Virtualization And Data Mobility Provider AutoVirt Releases New Solution
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
AutoVirt v3.5 enhancements include comprehensive assessment capability and the ability to discover and classify all file data across heterogeneous file storage environments.
BlackBerry Secure, Android Not?
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
With smartphones outselling PCs for the first time, criminals are now targeting mobile devices. How can you protect your phones?
Savvis Appoints Bill Fathers To President
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Ex-army captain Fathers will aim to expand the company globally.
Inside a Scion Start-Up
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
"Do you know who my father is?" You would expect such a question could only come from the spoiled offspring of an affluent father, but if a Bloomberg report is to be believed, Adam Wyden doesn't exactly strike me as one of those children.
U.S. and European Brokers To Spend $206 Million In 2011 On New Surveillance Programs
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Brokers must help fill the divide between the way markets operate and how they are surveilled, according to a new report from TABB Group.
Market Surveillance Spending to Soar: Tabb
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Top 10 Tips for a Successful IT Plan
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
Can Nasdaq Break Up the NYSE-DB Deal?
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The proposed merger of the NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Borse has led to speculation over potential U.S. exchange tie-ups and attempts to break up the deal.
New Thomson Reuters Platform Aims to Simplify Quant Trading
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Thomson Reuters announced the launch of a platform it said allows traders to more quickly launch strategies across global markets.
Where Are They Now? The Lehman Bros. Edition
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Former Lehman Brothers CFO Erin Callan found a rather comfortable rock to crawl under after the stunning collapse of her firm two years ago.
Titan Trading Analytics Incorporates MarketPsych Sentiment Data into Behavioral Research
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The MarketPsych Data Feed provides intraday updates gathered from earnings call transcripts, chat forums, and social media sites.
LSE-TMX Merger Likely To Hit Regulatory Roadblocks
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
HSBC to Offer CQG's Trading Front-End
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
HSBC Futures customers in Asia Pacific and its internal trading desk can now route orders to exchanges via CQG's trading platform.
Options IT Expands to ISE's New Data Center
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Looks to serve high frequency traders seeking to access ISE's new Optimise trading platform.
How to Catch a Proprietary Trader
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
How can regulators successfully distinguish proprietary trading from market making in a straightforward, easily understood way? Our answer would be to apply a general framework to evaluate trading using metrics that would indicate the possibility of proprietary trading.
Yahoo! Finance Launches iPad App
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Yahoo! Finance MarketDash allows consumers and professionals to track news, market data and changes in the stock market on the popular iPad tablet.
As Islamic Market Grows, Bloomberg Releases Islamic Finance Platform
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The Islamic marketplace is growing rapidly and there is high demand for a wide range of resources, according to Bloomberg L.P. president Dan Doctoroff.
BIDS Trading Inks Agreement with Westminster Research
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Buy side clients can trade via BIDS ATS, while crediting their Westminster accounts to pay for goods and services
LCH.Clearnet to Launch SwapsClear for US Clients on March 8
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
U.S. customers will access SwapsClear's service through a U.S. based futures commission merchant of their choice, supporting compliance with Dodd-Frank.
Budget Cuts Threaten to Bleed OTC Swaps Reform Dry
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
As regulators work to implement the most profound reform of the nation's financial system since the FDR administration, a looming budget cut threatens to slash their resources, even as the workload multiplies.
Employee Poaching On The Rise On Wall Street
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Technologists are top of the list, according to a survey from eFinancialCareers.
UNX Catalyst Offers Behavioral Research from Titan Trading Analytics
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
The firms developed a plug-in that streams behavioral research and trade strategies from Titan's TickAnalyst system into the UNX Catalyst EMS.
Surge Trading Selects Equinix For Colocation And Business Continuity
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
The New York-based electronic market maker will leverage Equinix's network-neutral colocation and continuity trading services.
Another Goldman Prop Trading Unit Bites the Dust
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
Despite having four years to comply, Goldman Sachs is following the track that most of Wall Street has taken and is getting ahead of the Volcker Rule now.
The Price of Hiding Quant Glitches
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
NYSE Technologies Adds Osaka Stock Exchange's New Derivatives Feed
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
OSE's J-Gate derivatives feed is available over NYSE Technologies' market data platform to firms throughout Asia.
Could CME Launch Hostile NYSE Bid? Rumors Swirl
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Is Deutsche Borse’s bid for NYSE Euronext is turning into a transatlantic steel cage match?
DTCC Launches Service To Automate Matching Of Broker-To-Broker Ex-Clearing Trades
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
The service is expected to be fully functional by June 2011.
BTIG Expands High Yield/Distressed Analytics Desk
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Hires two veterans to take advantage of consolidation in the high-yield space, adding talent to its fixed income desk.
Hedge Funds, Banks Knew: Madoff
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
iPhone5 Rumors: Half-Size Phone Or Larger Screen?
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
These are just some of the latest rumors in the run-up to Apple's buzz-generating annual release of its latest iPhone.
DTCC Launches Portal With CDS Data for Regulators
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
Offers regulators online access to global credit default swap data and tailored reports to protect against systemic risk.
Former Goldman Chairman Blasts NYSE-DB Merger
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Bloomberg supports the NYSE-Deutsche Borse merger, while Schumer cites managerial control and naming issue.
Direct Edge Names New Head of Sales
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
Exchange operator Direct Edge announced the hiring of Bryan Christian to be its new head of sales, where he will oversee sales activity impacting existing accounts and new customer acquisitions.
Gelber Group Taps Orc for PHLX Connectivity
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
Prop trading firm will quote options on PHLX using Orc's low latency trading engine.
ITG Breaks Volume Record
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
GFI Launches FENICS Trader For Foreign Exchange Options
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
The technology facilitates independent FX options price discovery, offering a "many-to-many" venue for bilateral trading and execution.
Wall Street Fights New Whistleblower Law
Commentary  |  2/11/2011  | 
The industry's lobbyists have mounted a furious behind-the-scenes effort to constrain the reach of the new protections laid out in the Dodd-Frank Act.
Data Center Provider Interxion Teams Up With NYSE Technologies For Low Latency Trading
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
New NYSE Technologies services available at Interxion will include the consolidated market data service, Superfeed, which will be an additional point of data collection and dissemination.
iPad A New Technology Paradigm -- A Reluctant Admission
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
The internet -- along with client-server and wireless computing -- are driving the next new technology paradigm: The Age of the iPad.
2010 Wasn't a Very Good Year, Or Was It?
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
An historical comparison reveals just how much value strategic technology investment can add to business performance.
Information Governance: A Practical Approach for the Dodd-Frank Era
News  |  2/10/2011  | 
Managers will never be able to determine the relative value of all of the information stored by a company without the tools to enable a defensible data disposal strategy.
H.R. 4173 (Dodd-Frank): A Real 'Page Turner'
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
The final version of Dodd-Frank, or Bill H.R. 4173, weighs in at 848 pages.
02.10.11 Exchange Merger Frenzy
02.10.11 Exchange Merger Frenzy
Wall Street & Technology Videos  |  2/10/2011  | 
The LSE has just announced that it is buying the Toronto Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, NYSE is in advanced talks to merge with Deutsche Borse. Greg MacSweeney discusses the exchange merger frenzy with Larry Tabb, founder and CEO of TABB Group.
The iPad Invades Wall Street
News  |  2/10/2011  | 
With the sudden popularity of Apple Inc.'s iPad reaching a fever pitch across the industry - particularly inside hedge funds - the pressure on information technology departments has never been greater.
The End of an Era for the NYSE?
News  |  2/10/2011  | 
NYSE merger talks with Deutsche Borse are a sign of the waning influence of Wall Street and physical exchanges in global financial markets.
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