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Roundtable: A Very Market Data Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving─the fourth Thursday in November─is when Americans traditionally give thanks for the year's harvest, stemming from the celebrations of the first European pilgrim settlers on American soil. Since our industry is blessed (or cursed) with...

Inside Market Data | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 29 Nov 2013


Constrained by Capital Requirements, Wealth Management IT Struggles to Comply

Wealth managers and private banks, the heirs of aging technologies and manual processes, need to change. Prodded by regulators to deploy more efficient and flexible operating infrastructures, most of them have been left with big gaps to fill and important...

Waters | Feature | Portfolio Management | 23 Oct 2013


In the Public Interest: Tech Critical as Public Investors Seek More Active Approach

A small but influential set of private equity’s limited partners, many of them quasi-public entities like pension plans and sovereign wealth funds, are considering co-investment strategies with their general partners, or even arranging deals directly...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 26 Sep 2013


Financial Industry Faces Up to Cybersecurity Challenges

While the internet has revolutionized nearly every aspect of the financial markets, it carries with it an implicit level of risk that has only recently started to be properly examined by institutional trading firms. But when it comes to cybersecurity,...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 11 Sep 2013


Lone Wolves: Disparate Regulations, Customs Make Asia-Pacific a Tech Puzzle

With a wide array range of local conventions, regulations and customs, Asia-Pacific can be a tough nut to crack when it comes to regional expansion. Where technology is concerned, the idiosyncratic nature of its constituent nations can prove challenging,...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 15 Aug 2013


Inventing the New Thing Is the New Thing

Innovation is like vacation—people spend more time talking about the amazing places they’re going than they spend actually getting there. There isn’t a company worth its salt where innovation is not part of its agenda, although its application varies...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 23 Jul 2013


Lessons from the Hash Crash

Over the past few months, a series of glitches similar to the one that caused the Hash Crash has made it clear that the financial markets are at the mercy of high-frequency trading machines. Some of these systems feed mostly on social media content, raising...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 18 Jun 2013


Private Equity's Data Play

In private equity, general partners (GPs)—which invest directly in portfolio companies—are becoming more sophisticated about monitoring those companies’ performance, while limited partners, which invest in the GPs’ funds, are in turn scrutinizing...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 04 Jun 2013


No Small Gamble: DR and BCP Post-Sandy

Heightened awareness of catastrophe showed itself as technology providers of all ilk endured the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Tim Bourgaize Murray asks the industry for a primer in disaster recovery and business continuity, discovering a...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 08 Jan 2013


Checks and Balances: Real-Time Reconciliation's IT Challenges

Although most firms tend to perform reconciliations on a same-day basis, these processes are dominated by manual input and prone to errors. Automated, real-time reconciliation has benefits not only for risk management, but also compliance and in preventing...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 26 Nov 2012

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