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Content posted in December 2013
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Big Data Use Cases Across Financial Services
News  |  12/31/2013  | 
Examining Big Data and its specific applications in the world of finance.
Risk Management and Cost of Ownership with Time Synchronization
News  |  12/31/2013  | 
Risk management analysis must consider the numerous ways that the reference source can fail.
Community Chatter: Most Commented Articles of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/31/2013  | 
When community members start commenting on an article, the comments usually come in bunches. This year articles about cybersecurity, high-frequency trading, Elizabeth Warren and big data generated a lot of interest and comments. Here are the articles you were talking about in 2013.
5 Technology Challenges for Investment Banks in 2014
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Accenture lists the most important things clients should be thinking about, and the challenges in bringing them to the forefront.
A Guide to the HFT Arms Race
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Sub-microsecond high-frequency algorithmic trading becomes practical
Big Data Techniques Can Give Institutional Portfolio Managers Upper Hand
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
By working with CIOs, buy-side traders can take advantage of the data already available to them
5 IT Hiring Trends In 2014
News  |  12/27/2013  | 
Which IT skills are in demand and which roles are changing? Take a look ahead.
Has Copper been the Victim of an Overly Pessimistic View on China ?
News  |  12/27/2013  | 
Over the next 6 years, global copper consumption is expected to rise as much as 40%, to 27 million tons.
The Rise of Online M&A Deal Sourcing
News  |  12/27/2013  | 
What the growing adoption of online dealmaking means for the M&A industry
Further Automating the Trading Desk
News  |  12/24/2013  | 
Advanced decisions support that use predictive analytics to will soon become the norm.
The Second Coming of the Reference Data Utility
Commentary  |  12/24/2013  | 
Five years after the financial crisis, the Global Legal Entity Identification System initiative, has renewed interest in solving the reference data issue, long preventing efficiency in the financial supply chain.
Privacy in the Face of BYOD: Challenges in Carefully Managing a Mobile Recording Solution
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Amid the user-sensitive subject of recording, the battle between recording applications and in-network recording continues.
Want a Job? Stop Complaining and Start Problem Solving
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
If you enjoy the status quo of unemployment, continue to be a victim. If you want to find work, become an expert problem solver
Focus on Collateral: Optimizing ISDA CSA Document Metadata
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
To accurately mine crucial information firms must develop a comprehensive data model to represent CSAs within their systems.
Happy Holidays: Drink to 2013's Memorable Headlines -- Wall Street Style!
Slideshows  |  12/23/2013  | 
Each year Cognito, the PR and marketing agency that specializes in financial services and technology, holds a holiday party with a specialized set of financial services drinks.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
News  |  12/22/2013  | 
Even with the new SEC regulations, US brokers have a lot of work to do to comply with market access rules.
OPRA Seeks Bidders for Service Contract, Casting Wide Net to Find Alternative Providers
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
Amid regulatory concerns over SIP outages, the Options Price Reporting Authority, known as OPRA, will issue an RFP seeking bidders to run the mammoth options quote and trade data feed.
Tis The Season For Hacks: 5 Tips to Combat Holiday Fraud
Slideshows  |  12/20/2013  | 
Cyber fraud peaks during the holidays, here are some strategies fraud teams can use to prepare.
Why Leading Global Asset Managers Want to FIX Their Post-Trade
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
Firms have started to consider and use the FIX protocol for post-trade.
Connecting the Spine to the Brain: DTCC Limit Notifications
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
To improve risk controls, different systems across the industry need to start working together.
Network Security Has Become More Complex, Has Technology Kept Pace?
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Advanced threats, applications and even SaaS services are increasingly utilizing non-standard and largely unmonitored ports.
Target Confirms Hackers Stole 40 Million Credit Cards
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Hackers' 19-day heist scoops up all ingredients required to make counterfeit cards.
Scrooge Denied
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
A strong U.S. unemployment report ushered in an early Santa Claus rally, erasing some earlier losses in November.
How CIOs And CMOs Can Be Better Partners
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
CIOs can do a better job of collaborating with CMOs in three areas: people, process, and technology.
Are the Exchanges Running the SIPs on Outdated Technology?
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
A report in the Wall Street Journal, which disclosed that a securities information processor operated by Nasdaq runs on Windows 2003, has sparked debate on the failure of exchanges to upgrade critical market infrastructure.
Volcker on the Mind, But Will it Deliver?
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
Risk-based metrics are at the core of Volcker Rule compliance. But will firms be able to adequately evaluate risk?
Your Top 10 Articles of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/17/2013  | 
IT salary trends, career advice, trading glitches and articles about Senator Elizabeth Warren's efforts to confront banks are the articles you read the most this year. Here are the top 10 most read articles in Wall Street & Technology's community for 2013.
InfoReach Adds Fixed Income E-Trade Connection to Nasdaq eSpeed
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Electronic trading of US Treasuries is on the rise, driving demand for connectivity.
RTS Connects with Eris Exchange Based on Client Interest in Swap Futures
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
The connectivity will enable RTS clients to use algorithmic strategies to execute between interest rate futures swaps, cash and other futures products.
Bloomberg Aims To Ease Instant Messaging Compliance
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Following rate rigging scandals where traders used chat rooms to communicate, Bloomberg consolidates messaging compliance tools for clients.
IEX Utilizes Redline Trading's Ultra-Low Latency Ticker Plant for Market Data
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
New trading venue IEX relies on Redline's high-speed software solution to calculate the national best bid and offer (NBBO) in stocks, providing high reliability and speed.
Why Market Risk Systems Are Vital to Volcker Rule Compliance
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
The race is on to reconfigure or implement ongoing position management capabilities, specifically as it relates to extraneous agency positions, writes Daniel Parker of SunGard's capital market business in the second part of his series on the Volcker Rule.
LEIs, A Regulatory Darling, Leave Firms In Search of Accuracy
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Regulators are recognizing the importance of legal entity identifiers (LEIs), but in the global and ever-changing market it's difficult for companies to accurately manage scale and complexity of data sourcing.
In God We Trust: All Others Bring Data
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
The way FX benchmarks are set and how FX trading is monitored is about to fundamentally change.
Banks Demand Specialized Skills for End-of-Day Transaction Reporting, Open to Outsourcing
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Sapient Global Markets launched a close of business (CoBS) transaction reporting service for capital markets and consulting firms that is gaining traction.
OpenStack in Financial Services: What Can You Do With It?
Commentary  |  12/13/2013  | 
OpenStack adoption is growing and there are practical uses in the financial services space that have already been deployed.
7 Financial Services Social Media Insights from Sprout Social
Slideshows  |  12/12/2013  | 
See how financial services is taking a leading role in the new social business.
IT Hardware is a Commodity, So Why Not Treat it Like One?
News  |  12/12/2013  | 
MarkITx, a marketplace for buying and selling used enterprise IT equipment, is growing across 5 continents.
Enhanced Automation is Key for Banks Under the Final Volcker Rule
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Adherence to a well-aligned exposure analysis system that continuously monitors residual positions (and portfolios) is necessary to remain compliant with the Volcker rule, writes Daniel Parker of SunGard's capital markets business.
Trading Marketplaces: A Sea Of Changes
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
New regulations are driving fluid changes in most financial markets. Expect these changes to keep coming for the foreseeable future.
Morgan Stanley's Trading Technology Platform Speeds Time To Market For Quant Shops
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
MSET's technology platform can help traders enter new markets in weeks, rather than months.
Buy and Sell Side Firms Terminate Swap Positions via TrueEX's Platform
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Alliance Bernstein, MKP Capital, JP Morgan and SocGen used TrueEX's portfolio termination compaction (PTC) platform to automate a manual, error prone process.
Current Analytical Software Constrains Big Data Solutions in the Financial Industry
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
What is needed is a new software paradigm that enables analytics to just work and work fast—without having to move the data or worry about size, writes Bill Kantor of Paradigm4.
Mobile Security in the Face of BYOW (yes, "W") Cross-Device Attacks & More
News  |  12/10/2013  | 
Four fundamental assertions to start the mobile security conversation
Backup Services Require More Than 'Set and Forget'
News  |  12/10/2013  | 
23-24% of small to mid-size firms across industries have never checked backups, according to BUMI's customer and partner survey.
A Stronger Volcker Rule Is Law: Is this a Compliance Nightmare for Banks?
News  |  12/10/2013  | 
Now that regulatory bodies have voted for the Volcker Rule, there are a slew of new rules, definitions and exemptions that banks must build compliance mechanisms around to avoid violating the ban on proprietary trading.
10 Takeaways From the FIX Regulatory Briefing
News  |  12/10/2013  | 
Technologists need to participate in regulatory commenting periods and regulatory ambiguity actually has some advantages.
Post-Trade Finally Gets Its Close-Up
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
Once a back-office function, the post-trade space is now paramount to the success of market participants, infrastructure players and regulators alike.
Funds Look to Liquidity Management Tools For Competitive Edge
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
Ledgex launches liquidity management and reporting tool for fund of fund and institutional managers.
Caplin Launches Single-Dealer Platform as Managed Service for Banks
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
Caplin Direct enables a bank to develop a modern FX single-dealer platform, that's fully hosted, in a matter of weeks, eliminating technical and cost barriers.
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