Buy-Side Technology/Feature

The back-office battleground

The intensely competitive and lucrative land-grab traditionally associated with the front office has slowly shifted towards the back office. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the portfolio accounting, investor reporting, and in some cases, OTC derivatives...

Seeing the wood for the trees

The nuances between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Application Service Provision are often misunderstood, although, perhaps not altogether ignored. But while the variations between the two may not be of utmost importance to the buy-side firm accessing...

Moths to a flame

$125, $130, $135... the rise in oil prices shows few signs of abating, and yet the current liquidity and volatility in the energy markets - specifically oil and natural gas - are attractive to any fund or investor wanting to make money. But in the wake...

A northern tale

The wealth management industry has become a happy hunting ground for front-office technology providers who can assist managers in growing their business. When one such vendor deployed its platform to Border Asset Management early last year, it found a...

Spotlight on the sell side

In the world of investment banking, few organisations have achieved the same degree of penetration and trust across the buy side as Credit Suisse. The bank's algorithmic trading suite, known as Advanced Execution Services (AES), is used globally by thousands...

Consumers' perceptions and all that

Consumers' perceptions are their realities. That's one of the only marketing concepts I can recall from the marketing and management course I attended back in late nineties (notice how I refrained from using the word 'completed' in the context of that...

Perfecting the lean and mean approach

Quintillion, a fifteen-month old fund administrator, had some tough technology decisions to make in order to keep the organisation as lean and mean as possible, while simultaneously providing its clients with the types of services typically enjoyed by...

The bonny buy side

Edinburgh is home to a number of the largest asset management firms in the UK, where the focus on trading and technology is just as strong as in the larger financial centres. Joel Clark recently spent two days in the city and found a closely knit community...

Adust or Bust When financial markets started heading south last summer, quantitative investment managers constituted the first wave of casualties. Various factors rendered these organisations especially vulnerable to market fluctuations, and with current

When financial markets started heading south last summer, quantitative investment managers constituted the first wave of casualties. Various factors rendered these organisations especially vulnerable to market fluctuations, and with current liquidity...

A river runs through it

Getting buy-side user-firms to agree to talk about their use of technology and how it enables their business is notoriously difficult, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to speak with three Charles River clients - ING Investment Management, Schroders,...