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BGC Reaffirms Intent as GFI, CME Stay Silent

BGC Partners has once again reinforced its intent to purchase rival broker GFI Group, even as the firm announced a committee to review the offer.

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | alliances, mergers & acquisitions | 30 Oct 2014

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Industry Takes Proactive Approach to European Equity OTC Clearing

After the fights and recriminations over central clearing in the past few years, not to mention more recent concerns about the systemic risk value of central counterparties (CCPs), you might be forgiven for thinking that voluntary adoption of more products...

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Clearing & Settlement | 29 Oct 2014


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


HFT Turns Sour for North American Exchanges

As the public mood continues to turn against high-frequency trading (HFT) following the publication of Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys, and a number of recent regulatory actions for market abuse, TMX Group has become the latest exchange operator to target...

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Exchanges | 28 Oct 2014


BIS-IOSCO Report Calls for Clearing Houses to Set Out Recovery Plan

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (Iosco) have published a report on recovery and resolution that set out guidance on the tools that Central Counterparty (CCP) clearinghouses can...

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Clearing & Settlement | 16 Oct 2014


Fair Play? The Balancing Act of Finra's Involvement in the Selection and Bidding of the CAT

The fact the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is involved in both the selecting and bidding of the Consolidated Audit Trail has caused the regulatory body to take some heat.

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Exchange Technologies | 14 Oct 2014


Sibos 2014: Forget Bitcoin; the Blockchain's the Thing

This year's Sibos event in Boston featured a notable number of panels and speakers on the topic of cryptocurrencies. Though Bitcoin expectedly got its fair share of attention, applications of its underlying technologies may hold the greater potential....

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 03 Oct 2014


Sibos 2014: Growing KYC Demands Have Industry Revisiting Models

Know Your Customer (KYC) screening is as far from a differentiating function as possible for banks, but bloating costs and a messy process for clients have caused a new push among the major sell sides and technology providers to build out managed service...

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 02 Oct 2014


Symphony CEO David Gurle Discusses Goldman Sachs/Consortium Deal, New Platform

Yesterday it was announced that a consortium of 14 financial institutions led by Goldman Sachs had acquired Palo Alto-based software vendor Perzo for $66 million. The resulting acquisition led to the new company Symphony Communication Services, whose...

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Data Delivery Technologies | 02 Oct 2014

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FSB Unveils FX Benchmark Recommendations

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has released its final report into foreign-exchange (FX) benchmarks, where it lists a number of recommendations related to the calculation of the "fix" and trading conduct.

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Regulation & Standards | 01 Oct 2014

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