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Content posted in February 2014
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After the Mt. Gox Collapse, Wall Street is Wary of Bitcoin
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
In the wake of the Mt. Gox bankruptcy filing, Wall Street firms are unlikely to get involved in virtual currencies unless there is regulatory oversight.
4 Crucial Components of Social Media Strategy
Slideshows  |  2/28/2014  | 
Important lessons from The Practicing Law Institute's seminar, Social Media 2014: Addressing Corporate Risks.
How to Craft a Legal Social Media Policy for Employees
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
Organizations often have to consider a number of competing interests when crafting a legal and compliant social media policy.
Building AML Regulatory Platforms For The Big Data Era
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
Big data technologies can help financial services firms comply with a myriad of regulations, including US anti-money laundering requirements.
IBM Software Vulnerabilities Spiked In 2013
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Most code flaws still involve non-Microsoft products, and overall patching speed has improved, study presented at RSA conference finds.
Everyone's Doing It, But Is It Legal?
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Watch out. Are your big data feeds in blatant violation of terms of service agreements?
SIP to Get Tech Upgrades, While Consultant Hired to Conduct RFPs
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
The UTP SIP committee unanimously approved technology enhancements for a key market data feed, and also hired Jordan & Jordan to conduct two RFPs to replace Nasdaq when its contract officially runs out.
An Interesting Year for the IBOR Debate
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
Delivering the ideal IBOR solution will require fundamental changes in way businesses operate and the way front-office trading systems are used.
Global Voice Transformation: The Clash of Telephony and IT
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
Convergence of voice and data presents a significant cost advantage still not exploited by IT departments in banks.
Build Vs. Buy: A Dangerous Lie
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
IT's eternal debate sidesteps the complexities of a fragile talent ecosystem and creates a vicious cycle that ensures project failure.
Bloomberg Helps Regional Broker Dealers Access Multiple Fixed Income Venues
News  |  2/24/2014  | 
As fixed income markets shift to electronic trading, Bloomberg unveiled the new Electronic Trade Order Management Solution (ETOMS) to help US regional broker-dealers source liquidity in US corporate, municipal and government bonds.
Why Venture Capital Has The Hots For Financial Services
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
The Finance Technology 2.0 model is based on automation and technology rather than relying on people and manual processes.
ING Goes Social: Rolls Out LinkedIn for Advisors
News  |  2/24/2014  | 
Despite regulatory hurdles, ING will support preapproved and FINRA compliant LinkedIn profiles for its 2,400 advisors.
How Risky Are Your Cloud Service Apps?
Slideshows  |  2/21/2014  | 
See how Box's cloud security risk compares with Dropbox, how Facebook stacks up against Twitter, Office 365 versus Gmail.
The Trouble With Brazil's Post-Trade Automation in a Global Economy
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
As Brazilian trade volume grows, asset managers adopt technological solutions to reduce risk and improve efficiency
How Well Do We Really Understand Information Security?
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Information security is very important, but most people think they know it and that's half the problem.
Commodity Trading: Challenges and Responses
Commentary  |  2/20/2014  | 
Although it's hard to predict the future, firms need to build flexible trading architectures that can adapt to regulatory and market changes.
My Dearest Spammer
Commentary  |  2/20/2014  | 
A love letter to the tech marketers who buy my contact information.
App Marketplace Gains Momentum With Risk Management Solutions Provider
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
In response to demands for unique tools, an open marketplace for third party and collaborative applications has been well received.
Analytics And Interactive Statements Enhance The Consumer Experience
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Customer demand is fueling changes in delivery of statements from financial institutions. Business intelligence (BI) technology can help banks seize the high ground in this new era of "consumerization" within personal finance.
Enterprise Cloud Exposure Much Higher Than CIOs Expect
News  |  2/18/2014  | 
Far too many IT groups think risky cloud services are something they can simply block, but the genie is out of bottle.
Down The Data Rabbit Hole With The CFTC
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
If you drill down far enough, eventually you might find the truth when it comes to regulatory reporting, data and the goal of assessing systemic risk.
This is Why Data Startups Are Disrupting Financial Analysis
News  |  2/15/2014  | 
A new generation of startups is making financial analysis easier, with open, collaborative and visually intuitive, cloud-based platforms.
3 Drivers and 3 Barriers to BYO Investing
Slideshows  |  2/14/2014  | 
Happy Users = Productive Users
Love Story: Consumerization of Technology & Wall Street
Commentary  |  2/14/2014  | 
Employees love their personal technology, but they don't feel the same about corporate systems. This must change, as workers are looking for the same UX in the workplace as they do on their phone.
Another Take on the Mobile Security and Fraud Conundrum
News  |  2/13/2014  | 
A meaningful percentage of transactions still occur via the mobile browser, whether because of missing functionality in the native app, or simply user habit.
5 Technology Initiatives for the Buy-Side
News  |  2/13/2014  | 
It's time to cross items off the to-do list. Say goodbye to legacy systems and silos, focus on IBOR investment and critical IT system updates.
TradeStation Expands TradingApp Store to Tap Virtual Supply of Ideas, Strategies and Tools
News  |  2/13/2014  | 
The retail multi-asset broker is launching a new TradeStation TradingApp Store that offers over 650 products including strategies, indicators and other tools, created by third-party software developers, traders and other professionals.
User Experience is Driving Changes to Nasdaq's Corporate Solution Platform
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
"The platform is built to leverage other parts of business in a scalable and integrated kind of way," says Nasdaq's Michael Cotter.
Asset Manager and Credit Suisse Execute First Sponsored-Access Trade with Goldman on Bloomberg SEF
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
In the run-up to the CFTC's mandatory trading deadline on SEFs, NISA Investment Advisors indicated that sponsored access is the preferred approach for accessing the swaps market.
Capital Requirements for Banks and Their Impact on IT Strategy
News  |  2/11/2014  | 
Many banks probably haven’t taken a close look at the repercussions on IT.
FIX Trading Community Addresses TCA Best Practices for Equities
News  |  2/11/2014  | 
A FIX TCA Working Group released initial guidelines for TCA best practices after finding there's a lack of defined standards and consistency across TCA providers.
U.S. Buy Side Focus Shifts to Investment Performance, Says Linedata Study
News  |  2/11/2014  | 
The trend is driven by the completion of post-crisis regulation deployments by U.S. asset managers while E.U. firms remain focused on implementing new regulations.
Dubai's SHUUA Capital to Go Live with SunGard Arena Platform
News  |  2/10/2014  | 
With Middle East financial markets rapidly changing, SHUUA Capital wants to offer clients a global institutional standard trading platform, with access to regional and international securities.
BNY Mellon Takes BPM To Higher Level
News  |  2/10/2014  | 
Not long ago adopting business process management technology was a leading-edge pursuit. Now, organizations like BNY Mellon Wealth Management are going beyond early initiatives to streamline operations further.
SEC Meter Maid Nabs 2 For Bad Parking
News  |  2/10/2014  | 
For smaller firms, recent "parking scheme" charges should be call to arms to enhance surveillance platforms.
The Regulatory Pressure Cooker: Compliance Moves into the Boardroom
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
The impact of new regulations in financial services is threatening the ability of companies to grow, writes Jeffrey Wallis of SunGard Consulting Services.
Expect More Banks to Adopt Self-Directed Brokerage Channels
News  |  2/7/2014  | 
To attract clients of younger generations banks and brokerages must consider self-directed trading platform, concludes Scivantage report.
Could SEF Aggregation be the Next Big Thing in Swaps?
News  |  2/7/2014  | 
With SEF trading becoming mandatory on Feb. 15 for certain interest-rate swaps and continues to evolve, industry watchers are waiting to see if SEF aggregation will emerge to help the buy side connect with multiple SEFs.
January 2013: From Appreciation to Market Correction
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
The new year kicked off with a brutal first month for investors. Will it be a typical market correction, or just a temporary dip?
Growth of Financial Services Outsourcing: How to Drive Maximum and Sustainable Value
News  |  2/6/2014  | 
As a buyer of outsourced services, it is important to engage with these companies differently than in the past.
B2B Start-ups and Outsourcing: Lessons Learned
News  |  2/6/2014  | 
From proof of concept to external specialists, these are three valuable lessons for collaborating with technology intensive start-ups.
With Quant Tools in Demand, Bloomberg Licenses OneMarketData's CEP Engine
News  |  2/6/2014  | 
Bloomberg will utilize OneMarketData's CEP engine and tick database to develop real-time intraday analytics for clients of EMSX to perform transaction cost analysis and analyze trading venues.
Can Europe's Digital Agenda Spur Capital Markets Public Cloud Adoption?
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
Proposed standards from the European Union may help ease some concerns capital markets firms have with public cloud.
Liquid Bolsters Pre-Trade Compliance in Private Cloud-Based OEMRS
News  |  2/5/2014  | 
Hedge fund managers are demanding compliance aggregation and risk measurement tools to generate alpha and prove they have institutional quality controls.
Companies Are Banning E-mail to Improve Efficiency
News  |  2/5/2014  | 
Doing away with internal e-mail may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Institutional Adoption of Electronic Fixed Income Trading Systems Is Poised For Growth, Here’s Why
News  |  2/5/2014  | 
Three reasons the combination of technology, analytics, and Alternative Trading Systems (ATS) will be key factors to bond trading success in the New Year.
Safe haven: Why Managed Services are a Natural Fit for an Evolving Financial Industry
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
Despite the security concerns that get raised around managed services, bank CIOs, IT directors and market data managers would reveal a reassuring and possibly surprising picture, writes Mike Powell of Thomson Reuters.
Traders Demand Mobility: BYOD And 2014 Other Trends
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
New regulation affecting mobile devices has given banks an excellent impetus to include mobile recording in their overall compliance strategy.
Bank Of America's 'Why Stop There?' Cloud Strategy
News  |  2/4/2014  | 
Getting IT pros to give up old habits is one of the hardest things about building a new, private cloud architecture.
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