Waters Wrap: On EMSs, regulation, and (among others) BlackRock Aladdin

Regulators in the US and Europe have turned their sights on execution management system providers. Anthony examines some of the questions the industry is trying to answer.

Credit: Paul Cézanne

More than a year and a half ago, our Asia editor, Wei-Shen Wong, heard that BlackRock Aladdin was building a dedicated execution management system (EMS), but details were scarce. We often hear rumors that are slightly wrong, entirely wrong, or completely fabricated. So we take the time to talk to lots of people and see if there’s validity to the rumors.

Then, a while later, Josephine Gallagher, who was our senior reporter in London at that time, spoke with an asset manager who had seen a rough

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