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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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SEFs Through the Looking Glass

While the rules trickle in for swap execution facilities, firms are investing in connectivity and platform design in anticipation of a deeper, more liquid market. As Tim Bourgaize Murray discovers, when it comes to the nascent SEF ecosystem, the future...

Waters | Feature | Regulation & Standards | 02 May 2012

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Scratching the Surface of Mobile Technology

Mobile technology, while still in its nascence in the capital markets, has enjoyed significant uptake over the past 18 months as growing numbers of firms have started to roll out apps designed specifically for tablets and smartphones. But as Victor Anderson...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 01 May 2012

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