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Nomura Launches Collocation Facility Using Colt’s Network Infrastructure

Nomura has selected Colt to provide network infrastructure for its new European connectivity and collocation service. The Nomura initiative comes as the Japanese firm seeks to build on the strong European equities position of Lehman Brothers, whose European and Asian operations it took over a year ago. Nomura calls its new infrastructure a “next-generation ultra-low-latency…

It’s Getting Better …

… Getting better all the time. That’s my assessment of the economy as far as spending on IT by Wall Street is concerned. Sorry, having just picked up the remastered Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I couldn’t resist tapping Lennon/McCartney’s track 4 title for this blog post. I’ll offer just a couple…

NYSE Technologies to Facilitate Low-Latency Trading

Moving forward on a strategic vision championed by CEO Duncan Niederauer, NYSE Euronext has created NYSE Technologies, a new company with a remit to commercialise the exchange group’s technical solutions, intellectual property and operational capabilities and sell them to other exchanges, liquidity venues and market participants. The company is headed by industry veteran Stanley Young,…

What is Your Latency IQ?

Capital markets firms have been implementing a number of different strategies for reducing latency – from increasing network bandwidth, to implementing low latency applications, to collocation – giving rise to the question: What’s next? To get the best trade, firms realize their need for visibility into the entire chain of trade execution events in real…

Benchmarking the Benchmarks

In the world of low latency, it seems that benchmarks are headline news. Having readily available figures showing xxx microseconds and yyy hundreds of thousands of updates per second is a pretty sure way to get some press coverage for one’s product. Indeed, I find myself asking of vendors who are pushing their new datafeed…

Sifma Rocked!

I’m referring to last week’s Sifma Technology Management Conference and Exhibit in NYC. True, the new name (the result of the SIA’s merger with the Bond Association) was a bit of a put off – many people suggested that Sifma sounded like some horrible strain of bird flu – but otherwise it’s been the best…

Too Early To Be Skeptical

In his blog last week, Andrew said he’s skeptical that advantages from investing in low latency infrastructure will be anything other than short lived. I tend to share his opinion that low latency is passing through, though I am less of a skeptic (Andrew’s turning French). To me, the current focus on low latency is…

The New Cross-Asset Trading Challenge

The traditional separation of asset classes into distinct business organizations with incompatible trading systems is an idea whose time has ended. Today the growing quest to automate every variety of asset trading – and in so doing to make possible the trading of assets among different classes – has created a growing business case for…