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Standing Settlement Instructions: Bringing the Poor Relation of Reference Data into the Fold

Awareness of the fact that missing or inaccurate standing settlement instructions (SSIs) are a major inhibitor to true straight-through processing (STP) is as long-standing as the industry’s focus on STP itself. Problems with SSIs are still the biggest single cause of reference data-related trade fails, which themselves are the second biggest cause of fails behind…

Perplexed By Percentages

A couple of weeks ago, together with Reuters, we conducted a survey of the marketplace to find out how well latency measurement is entrenched, and what users thought of datafeed providers and measurement tool vendors. And we asked them to comment on their current market data handling infrastructures too.  One figure that came back –…

Can FPGAs Overcome the FUD?

So, those party animals at Activ Financial have invited me to a little gathering tonight – at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square – to formally launch ActivFeed MPU, their new hardware-accelerated feed handling software.  It should be an great event, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the black art of programming FPGAs (that’s…

Datafeed Dilemma

Q: When is a datafeed not a datafeed? A: When it’s a datafeed handler. When we were compiling our wonderful report Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Low Latency Architectures And Building Blocks For Tomorrow’s Trading Applications, we included profiles of vendors who sell datafeed handlers. At first, we left out Reuters Data Feed Direct because…

MiFID: Will Firms be Ready by April 30, 2007? By Dr. Anthony W. Kirby, Founder, RDUG

The European Union’s pending MiFID initiative, or the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, replaces the Investment Services Directive (ISD), which was originally adopted in 1993. The ISD defined “home” and “host” state regulators, establishing the conditions under which authorized investment firms and banks could provide specified services in other EU member states on the basis…