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Time for Financial Institutions to Take Back Control of Market Data Costs

By Yann Bloch, Vice President of Product Management at NeoXam. Brexit may be just around the corner, but it is market data spending that financial institutions are more interested in taking back control of right now. In fact, other than regulatory equivalence post the transition period, it is hard to think of a more prominent…

J.P. Morgan Steps Forward as First Validation Agent in Global LEI System

J.P. Morgan has become the first validation agent in the Global LEI System, signalling early interest in the scheme as a means of improving client onboarding and Know Your Customer (KYC) . The validation agent framework was introduced by GLEIF in September 2020 and is designed to help financial institutions improve customer experience, accelerate client…

Eflow Pushes Performance of Trade Surveillance Platform with Refinitiv Market Data

Eflow, a London-based regulatory compliance firm, has added Refinitiv market data including tick history to its TZ trade surveillance platform. The data expands the company’s existing market data store and will increase the number of instruments and records available for testing in TZ. It will also strengthen the accuracy of any alerts generated. Refinitiv’s fast…

Luminex Teams with LeveL for ATS Matching Engine Upgrade

Buy-side block trading platform operator Luminex Trading & Analytics has launched a new, faster matching engine using technology provided by erstwhile competitive platform LeveL ATS. The new platform represents what Luminex calls a “dramatic speed upgrade” to the matching engine behind its dark pool, which is available only to buy-side institutions. Luminex launched in 2015…

Time for Exchanges to Overcome Longstanding Barriers to Fair Pricing

By Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of Horizon Software. From Euronext beating off stiff competition for the Milan stock exchange, to Cboe agreeing to purchase block trading venue BIDs, October was quite the month for exchange deal making. But given how so many post-2008 regulations aimed to increase exchange competition as opposed to reducing it, this recent…

Canoe Extends Data Ops Capability, Plans Geographic Expansion

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a promising year for Canoe, a data ops vendor that takes manual effort out of alternative investment processes by using machine learning and AI to automate the digitisation of unstructured PDF reporting documents and provide actional data and intelligence for institutional investors, allocators and asset servicing firms. To…

Making the Case for Ongoing KYC: Why the Time for Change is Now

By John O’Neill, senior vice president, Silent Eight. If you work in financial services then you’re already aware that knowing your customer (KYC) is not just an essential process, it is also a legal requirement. It’s part of the essential tasks banks perform to tackle anti-money laundering (AML) and other financial crimes. Back in June…

QuantHouse Boosts Backbone Capacity to 100G Using Arista

Iress’s QuantHouse market data and infrastructure subsidiary has upgraded its data centre backbone connections globally to 100 Gigabit capacity to address the rigours of the ongoing market volatility. The upgrade is part of a wider infrastructure enhancement aimed at meeting three business objectives designed to enhance performance and resilience while adding customer self-service capabilities. As…

The UK Regulatory Regime after Brexit – What Comes Next?

By Martin Lovick, Director, and Bobby Johal, Managing Director, ACA Compliance Group. A regime in transition Investment managers are – quite rightly – focusing near-term on the cliff-edge nature of the UK/EU negotiations on future trade arrangements. Their contingency planning will have already considered the likely loss of passporting rights for UK firms exporting their…

ION to Spin Off Broadway’s Bond Platform in CMA Deal

ION Investment Group will spin off the fixed-income operations of acquisition target Broadway Technology to an investor group led by Broadway CEO Tyler Moeller, under a deal forged with the UK Competition & Markets Authority. The arrangement paves the way for regulatory approval of the transaction. The CMA deal leaves ION to focus on Broadway…