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Content posted in April 2014
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NY AG Secures Agreement with PR Newswire to Prevent Direct Data Access for HFT
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
News distributor PR Newswire has agreed to require customers to certify annually that the direct data feeds they receive will not be used for high frequency trading.
Why Securities Data is Master in The Race to FATCA Compliance
News  |  4/30/2014  | 
The July 1st deadline is fast approaching.
What Michael Lewis Missed: 4 Factors More Important Than Latency for Automated Traders
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Ultra-low latency is simply no longer the most impactful factor influencing success and failure, writes Andrew Lisy of OptionsCity Software.
Big Data Challenge: Data Paring
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
"As the amount of data increases exponentially, the amount of interesting data doesn’t."
Closing the Quality Gap: Firms Look To Short-Term Corrective Testing Strategies
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Financial services firms are investing more to remedy post-event quality failure, but not enough to pre-empt failures at the source, writes Steve O'Reilly of SunGard Consulting Services.
Volant Trading Expands into Ultra-Fast Order Routing for Options Traders
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Based on its expertise in options microstructure, VOLEX is unveiling a high-speed liquidity sweep capability for traders known as Take Out.
SEC Requests Financial Firms' Security Details
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
SEC asks 50 businesses for copies of their security policies, procedures, and controls in an effort to help the industry bolster cybersecurity protection.
Nasdaq Launches Redesigned IR Mobile Application
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
A diverse team of designers at Nasdaq see user experience as a strategic differentiator.
Iceland: The Next Data Center Frontier?
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Strategically located between the US and EU, data centers operations are moving to Iceland for low-cost and renewable energy benefits.
High Frequency Debate Influences Survey on Stock Market Fairness
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
A survey conducted by ConvergEx Group found that 70% of participants believe the US equity market isn't fair to all participants.
A Case for Vertical Clouds
News  |  4/24/2014  | 
Building on the success of cloud adoption, service providers are taking it one step further by developing purpose built-clouds that are optimized for niche industry verticals.
On Brink of Expansion, Liquidnet Hires Bob Garrett as Head of Technology
News  |  4/23/2014  | 
As Liquidnet expands into fixed income, Garrett will focus on integrating the pending acquisition of Vega Chi into its ATS technology.
Market Direction? Let's Call It: Confused
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
The markets seem to be confused and continued to meander in March and in the beginning of April.
Improving Security In the Fast-Paced World of Mobile
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Looking at the biggest threats banks face in mobile with BITS’ security expert Jim Pitts.
SEC Eyes Potential Order Routing Disclosures
News  |  4/21/2014  | 
Requiring brokers to provide more transparency into their stock order routing practices would give investors more information on where their trades are being executed.
Lessons Learned from Mobile Attacks in the Middle East
News  |  4/21/2014  | 
A recent malware attack targeting bank customers in the Middle East offers some tips on how such attacks can be prevented.
Mobility: Who Bears The Brunt Of Data Security & Privacy
News  |  4/18/2014  | 
OS manufacturers, app developers, and consumers all have a role to play in smartphone data security. But not everyone is equally responsible.
Who’s Afraid of Big Data?
News  |  4/18/2014  | 
What big data can do for financial organizations and how to prepare for it.
Citi Launches Block Pricing Tool on Bloomberg App Portal
News  |  4/18/2014  | 
Citi's Total Touch Price tool offers on-demand pricing for investors with large block orders in U.S. stocks, integrated into their execution workflow on the Bloomberg Professional Service.
Rebuilding Financial Infrastructure for the Web
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
Entrepreneurs are preparing for a new generation of infrastructure providers.
The Irresistible Rise of Agile Development
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
Building responsiveness into the front office, agile development is becoming a market necessity, writes David Meitz, CTO at ITG.
Smartphone Kill Switches Coming, But Critics Cry Foul
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
Smartphone makers and carriers agree to add optional kill switches to smartphones, but law enforcement officials say the anti-theft effort doesn't go far enough.
Celebrus' Granular Data Helps Build Online Strategy
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Real-time tracking of customer click streams and interactions enables banks to test marketing campaigns with increased accuracy.
From Boardroom to Operations
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Aligning business security strategy from top to bottom
ITG's Mobile App Measures Trading Costs on the Fly
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
ITG's Liquidity Metrics helps portfolio managers and traders to quickly understand trading costs on a daily basis by region and sector.
Data Scientists Want Respect & Results
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Analytics managers from Macy's, Ford, and Google offer tips on how to integrate and inspire data scientists.
5 Things to Look For Before Accepting Terms & Conditions
Slideshows  |  4/13/2014  | 
Is your corporate data at risk? Before uploading sensitive information to cloud services be sure to review these terms.
Did JVM's "Warm-Up" Cause Knight's Collapse?
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Some say that Knightesque “flash trades” may result from a known behavior of many Java Virtual Machine solutions and at least one vendor announces a fix.
The Pursuit of IBOR
Commentary  |  4/11/2014  | 
Achieving an accurate and consistent IBOR can be elusive for some investment management firms, writes Marc Firenze, CTO at Eagle Investment Systems.
Risky Business: The Modern IT Battle Plan
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Identifying the 5 key areas of technology risk in financial services
Misinformation is Beautiful: 3 Data Visualization Concerns
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Visualizations makes data accessible, but you must remember to ask, is this true?
Complex Order Types, Fragmentation And Dark Pools, Oh My!
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Traders agree that market structure and some complex order types are not benefiting investors.
Fast and Furious: High Frequency Trading Raises Hackles
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Michael Lewis' new book "Flash Boys" has whipped up a furious tornado of criticism about high frequency trading. But the market and regulators need to resist the urge to ban the practice and instead embrace the notion of high frequency monitoring and surveillance.
Video: The New Crisis Management Tool
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
Financial institutions are already embracing video as a standard communications tool, so why not rely upon video as a primary tool for crisis management, writes Vern Hanzlik of Qumu.
What is a Data Lake?
News  |  4/9/2014  | 
A new concept in big data is making the rounds, and it could change the way firms approach long-term analysis.
Liquidnet Hires Tabb Group's Adam Sussman
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
Sussman will serve as a senior advisor on market structure issues in a global role, providing guidance to Liquidnet's community of buy-side members and clients.
The Great HFT Debate Is Yesterday's News
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
If you are still slogging it out over HFT, you are missing the point. The real debate is about market structure.
Are Banks on a Collision Course with Data Privacy Laws?
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
International banks and other global private entities need to ensure that they do more than pay lip service to the data privacy laws of sovereign states, writes Andrew Waxman of IBM's consulting practice.
Buy Side Considers IBOR to Consolidate Real-Time Positions
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
Two-thirds of buy-side participants see the need for more timely and accurate data as the main driver for considering an integrated IBOR, according to a Charles River survey
Take A Look Inside A Microsoft Azure Datacenter
Commentary  |  4/7/2014  | 
Microsoft leverages decades expertise to make the facilities that house Azure some of the most efficient datacenters in the industry.
Nate Silver: “Think Probabilistically”
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
Famed statistician and FiveThirtyEight founder says the signal to noise ratio can be addressed.
Advanced Attacks Are The New Norm, Study Says
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
According to the Websense 2014 Threat Report, most malicious exploits now are advanced and targeted.
Retail Brokers Add IEX as Venue After Media Frenzy over HFT
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
TradeStation and Interactive Brokers said they will offer Brad Katsuyama's IEX as an execution venue to investors, while Charles Schwab spoke out against HFT this week.
Ten HFT Debates to Follow on Twitter
Slideshows  |  4/4/2014  | 
The moment Flash Boys hit the shelves Twitter became a battleground for the HFT debate. #Flashboys #HFT
Chief Digital Officer: Where CIO & CMO Meet
News  |  4/3/2014  | 
Marketing and IT don't need to conflict. Extreme Networks CMO explains how the two can leverage each other's strengths to build a better digital business.
Why Securities Exchanges Need a New Data Standard
News  |  4/3/2014  | 
Stock trades involve large amounts of data. The lack of a unifying data standard slows global communication.
Bloomberg Partner Program Lowers Hurdles for Vendor Connections
News  |  4/2/2014  | 
The enterprise solutions program gives third party tech providers new opportunity to connect with and use Bloomberg data. Integration helps cater to customer demands and industry shifts.
UBS Neo Helps the Buy Side Manage Complexity
News  |  4/2/2014  | 
UBS partnered with Lab 49 to develop Neo, a multi-asset platform that provides services to clients and routes to other venues.
Big Data in Capital Markets Crosses the Chasm
News  |  4/2/2014  | 
The difficulty in transplanting big data applications and their benefits from other industries has created a vacuum.
Private Equity Warms to Funding Portals
News  |  4/1/2014  | 
Digital networks are using innovative technology to simplify private equity deal management for the middle market.
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