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Snowflake Reviews the Rise of the Chatbot

Large language models (LLMs) are increasingly being used to create chatbots with 46% of apps falling into this category in May 2023, and the percentage continuing to rise. This shows a shift from LLM applications with text-based input, 82% in 2023 and 54% in 2024, to those with iterative text input and offering the ability…

Vendor Strategy: Impact Cubed Has a 3D Vision for ESG

The novelty of the ESG data space has inspired many innovations to help financial institutions build their sustainability investment and risk programmes. Most have sought to fill gaps in the nascent data market. Impact Cubed, however, found its impetus in a very different experience: disenchantment with what was already on offer. The investment solutions  company was…

Forge Launches OMS for Institutional Trading in Private Markets

Forge Global Holdings, the infrastructure, data services, and technology solutions provider, has publicly released Forge Pro, a trade order management system (OMS) specifically designed for institutional investors trading in private company securities. As the interest in private markets grows among institutions, Forge Pro aims to make private market data more accessible while providing investors with…

SIX Invests in BITA to Enhance Global Benchmark Platform and Expand Indexing Technology Services

SIX, the Swiss financial data and market infrastructure provider, has made a strategic investment in BITA, the indexing technology and services company. The move aims to bolster a range of ongoing joint projects and fast-track the global expansion of SIX’s benchmark platform. Existing BITA shareholders, including ETFS Capital, Volta Ventures, and Pamica NV, have also…

S&P Global Market Intelligence Adds Baird Aftermarket Research on Exclusive Basis

S&P Global Market Intelligence has become the exclusive provider of Baird Aftermarket Research, which provides industry overviews, company-specific forecasts and recommendations, and in-depth thematic insights from more than 40 senior analysts covering over 700 companies. The aftermarket research adds to Baird research that has been available on S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Capital IQ and Capital…

LTX and TS Imagine Enhance Fixed Income Liquidity Access for Buy Side Through Strategic Integration

LTX, the AI-driven trading platform operated by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., has successfully integrated with TS Imagine’s TradeSmart Fixed Income Execution Management System (EMS). The collaboration aims to improve the trading experience for mutual buy-side clients by delivering enhanced pre-trade transparency, superior price discovery, and consolidated access to a wide pool of liquidity within their…

Global Screening Services Raises $47 Million, Moves into Operational Phase

Global Screening Services (GSS), a provider of transaction screening, has completed a Series A2 funding round raising over $47 million (£37 million). The investment will support the London-based company’s transition from a development to operational phase as its cloud-native platform prepares to go live with inaugural clients. Originally incubated by AlixPartners, GSS tackles the complexity…

SmartSearch Sets Growth Plans Following Investment from Triple Private Equity

SmartSearch, a UK provider of digital compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) software, has received a large investment from Triple Private Equity. The private equity firm will gain a majority share in SmartSearch and work with the company to support its core markets and continued expansion following the release of its latest technology platform last year….

Meritsoft Launches New Trade Tracking and Exception Manager Solution for Enhanced Settlement Efficiency

Meritsoft, the Cognizant company specialising in post-trade automation, has unveiled its new Trade Tracking and Exception Manager (TTEM) solution, designed to offer comprehensive insights into settlement operations for financial institutions. The launch aims to improve operational resilience and efficiency for market participants, minimise settlement failure rates, and elevate client service and reporting standards. The cross-asset…

‘Idiosyncratic’ Data Keeps Lazard ESG Tech Chief on His Toes

Lazard Asset Management’s (LAM) director of ESG data and analytics Gregory Van Droogenbroeck received a baptism of fire when he shifted to the investment giant from technology behemoth Bloomberg. The day he joined the company Russia invaded Ukraine, catalysing an existential rethink of some of the assumptions that had been built into the ESG project….