Some Quick Thoughts on SS&C Capturing Portia

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Anthony Malakian, US editor, WatersTechnology

Anthony is on vacation, but that doesn't mean his opinions have gone silent.

As I write this, I'm in North Carolina visiting family. Not surprisingly, when I take a break from work I tend not to have my finger on the pulse of the financial technology world. 

But one thing in the news did catch my eye today: SS&C Technologies has bought Thomson Reuters' Portia business, which is an investment operations platform geared toward the buy side.

I haven't had the opportunity to delve into this acquisition more, but my initial reaction is that this is quite a coup for SS&C, which will add more than 140 staff members around the globe. As long as SS&C can keep the ship steered in the right direction, this should be a beneficial acquisition for portfolio managers because of the synergies that this could potentially create for SS&C's suite of products.

For Thomson Reuters, the data provider is now reportedly $170 million richer, which might be necessary in light of recent changes throughout the vendor, which were covered extensively by sibling publication Inside Market Data. And Thomson Reuters has already let it be known that other legacy programs are available for purchase.

These are just my initial thoughts, but I'll be sure to look into this once I return to New York on Monday. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts on this acquisition, send me an email at [email protected]

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