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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Private Ties: Technology Rises in Private Equity

Much of private equity rests on old relationships and privity of information, but with limited partnership investments becoming more common for a wider array of investors, and a secondaries market gaining steam, technology is blossoming in unlikely places....

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

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Going for Gold: Tech Answers Demand for Physical Holdings

The world’s oldest asset has enjoyed renewed popularity, with prices hitting contemporary highs. But wealth managers are beginning to demand more than ETP shares—investors and institutions want the real deal. As Tim Bourgaize Murray explains, technology...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 30 Aug 2012

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Forum and Function: Ideas Spring from Online Forums

Behind the big, complex ideas that make financial technology work, there is one small, simple idea. Jake Thomases looks beneath the million-dollar buzzwords at the humble internet forum, which is helping to spread big ideas faster than ever before.

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 02 Jul 2012

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Vendor Relationships: What Lies Beneath

Consensus among buy-side firms is that there can sometimes be a world of difference between expectations and reality when dealing with a vendor. Steve Dew-Jones canvasses opinion on the most important considerations before awarding a technology or service...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 02 Jul 2012

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TCA: Comparing Apples to Apples

As transaction-cost analysis continues to evolve, both the buy and sell sides are using it not only to determine performance levels, but in all areas of the trade lifecycle. Given these developments, what are the key considerations for an effective TCA...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 28 Jun 2012

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Tackling Teething Troubles: Examining the Current State of the OTC Derivatives Market

The over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market is in the midst of a global regulatory restructure. Authorities in Europe, Asia and the US are currently...

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A data-centric approach to portfolio management

A fast, flexible and reliable investment decision-making process must be based on access to accurate and consistent information throughout an organization....