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Industry Issues & Initiatives

Industry Issues & Initiatives

Waters Technology’s extensive coverage of Industry Issues & Initiatives features expert analysis, news, opinion, interviews & special reports on the business issues facing professionals across the financial market IT, trading technology and data landscape.

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Poor Collaboration Leaves Banks Vulnerable to Cyber Threat

Following the latest security breach that targeted JPMorgan and several other banks this summer, US authorities have urged financial institutions to reinforce their security systems to prevent further attacks. But according to a recent whitepaper published...

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 28 Oct 2014


Survey: Asset Managers Turning to Back Office in Automation Push

Reporting solutions provider Confluence recently conducted a survey of almost 100 asset managers to get a feel for their pain points around regulatory reporting and moving away from spreadsheets.

Buy-Side Technology | Analysis | Regulation & Standards | 27 Oct 2014


Opening Cross: Raising the ‘Standard’ in Terms of Cooperation

So, the industry may soon have a new standard protocol for market data distribution: and not simply a de facto standard co-opted based on existing uptake, but one specifically designed for market data needs that albeit incorporates the speed and bandwidth...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 24 Oct 2014


FIX Market Data Protocol Spec Nears Completion

Standards body FIX Trading Community is finalizing the specification for a FIX Protocol-based market data standard that incorporates elements of Nasdaq’s ITCH Protocol, though FIX does not plan a wholesale adoption of ITCH semantics, as originally planned....

Inside Market Data | News | Data Delivery Technologies | 24 Oct 2014


Cyber-security: Preparing for Accountability

Investors are a hedge fund's lifeblood, entrusting their most confidential, personal data to the financial advisors who manage their assets.

Buy-Side Technology | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 24 Oct 2014


Drawing Thick Lines

A Rimes Roundtable moderated by Waters this week highlighted the reasons buy sides should consider outsourcing data management as part of broader institutional transformation around the problem. The rub? Keeping everyone in line.

Buy-Side Technology | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 24 Oct 2014


KYC: Know Your Choices

Know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, hardly a bank’s most value-added function, have become a popular topic among operations, compliance, and reference data professionals, with a growing consensus that KYC checks can be done cheaper and more effectively...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 23 Oct 2014


Bond Trading Resists Electronification, But for How Long?

The bond market is the last bastion of Wall Street to resist electronification, despite the success of certain e-trading platforms like MarketAxess, Tradeweb and Bloomberg. Many buy-side traders have warned that the current market structure is not suited...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 22 Oct 2014


Opening Cross:‘Big Data’ Is Really About ‘Big Service’

In today’s financial markets, we think of Big Data as collecting, processing and analyzing enormous quantities of information that are not traditional market data, but which may nevertheless impact prices and the markets as a whole. Much like “cloud,”...

Inside Market Data | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 17 Oct 2014


Frankfurt FIS 2014: For Regs, Prep Early and Coordinate

Firms must begin preparations to comply with new European and global regulation as soon as possible, setting up a priority-driven roadmap and boosting internal coordination, said panelists at this week's Frankfurt Financial Information Summit.

Inside Market Data | News | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 17 Oct 2014

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