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China Opens Up Capital Markets with Hong Kong Connection

With the impending launch of the Shanghai–Hong Kong Stock Connect program, China has begun allowing foreign investment into its capital markets to an unprecedented degree. But what does this mean for institutional investment firms, and are there still...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 10 Oct 2014

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Guggenheim's Joseph Lodato Pulls Tech, Compliance Together

Anthony Malakian sits down with Joseph Lodato, chief compliance officer at Guggenheim Securities, to discuss the need for compliance and technology to work together in the current regulatory environment. Photos by Timothy Fadek

Waters | Feature | People | 29 Sep 2014

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James Rundle: Off the Record

The willingness of the financial services industry to publicly discuss topics that were once taboo is encouraging, James says, but more needs to be done to guard against severe risks.

Waters | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 26 Sep 2014

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Tim Bourgaize Murray: Where You’re Going; Where You’ve Come From

After a summer’s worth of speaking with boutique fund executives, Tim reflects on what must be the most diverse financial services market segment, having learned that small doesn’t always mean simple.

Waters | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 26 Sep 2014

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Michael Shashoua: Simplicity and Security

As efforts to simplify and coordinate golden copy data continue, and data security directives take effect, the interdependence of data operations and data governance becomes clear. Michael looks at how changes to one aspect of data management may affect...

Waters | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 26 Sep 2014

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Max Bowie: Wherefore Art Thou, Transparency?

In the wake of the financial crisis, regulators and market participants have focused on making illiquid assets and imperfect market structures more transparent. But the market for data to support that transparency is somewhat less transparent. So if data...

Waters | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 26 Sep 2014

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October 2014: The Brutal ‘Logic’ of Consumer Behavior

What does it take for a financial technology vendor to win a contract? Victor says that sometimes it's a simple as showing up on time and meeting deadlines.

Waters | Opinion | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 25 Sep 2014

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Slow Burn: SEFs Make Small Gains as US Market Adjusts to Electronic Trading

In February, it became mandatory to execute certain swap contracts on electronic platforms, introducing what should have been wholesale change to the way that trading operates in the derivatives market. Half a year on, though, evidence of a revolution...

Waters | Feature | Regulation & Standards | 22 Sep 2014

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Unique Boutiques: Smaller Hedge Funds Demand Bespoke Tech

Boutique hedge funds are prime targets for third-party technology providers, but they have also become more complicated to win and to service, in part because their back-stories—and clients’ demands—are more diverse than ever. Tim Bourgaize Murray...

Waters | Feature | Buy-Side Operations | 19 Sep 2014

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Slow Budget Growth Prompts New Spending Strategies

Anemic technology budget growth—a large portion of which is tied up in compliance—means firms are looking to make the most of the money they do have to spend on IT. Strategies for stretching the available dollars include restructuring budgets and...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 16 Sep 2014

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